A stone pathway is very ideal for a cottage garden design because of its rustic charm. It is also very suitable for any natural Landscaping plan. Choosing the stone for a walkway is mostly a matter of taste. Usually, it’s best to choose a type that can be found locally as it will keep your cost down from the rock itself and the delivery.

Know more about making stone pathways and other Landscaping Ideas from the Landscaping Renton team.

Needed Materials:

  • Large flat stones
  • Landscaping fabric and staples
  • Sand
  • Gravel and plants (optional)
  • Edging materials (optional)

Needed Tools

  • Shovel
  • Wheelbarrow
  • 2 garden hoses or stakes and string
  • Hand tamp
  • Flat spade
  • Small sledgehammer
  • Carpenter’s level
  • Scrap 2×4 board
  • Utility knife


Lay Out Pathway

Using stakes and string for straight paths, or two garden hoses for curving paths mark the path of your pathway. Small garden paths in the Landscaping area can be sized for a single person. Set up strings or hoses on both sides of the path.

Clear the Path

Slice through the grass along the path’s edge following the strings and garden hoses by using a flat spade or sod cutter. Remove grass and other plants from roots in the path area. Dig 5 inches in depth of soil for the 3 inches thick of stone. It will create a flat, smooth base. Use a hand tamp to tamp the soil or just simply walk repeatedly over the ground.

Apply Landscaping Fabric

Lay Landscaping fabric over the soil along the entire path. Use a continuous piece as much as possible. If you want to use multiple pieces, overlap edges by at least 12 inches. Landscaping Renton suggests trimming the fabric along the sides of the path with a utility knife and secures the fabric to the soil with Landscaping fabric staples.

Add a Sand Layer

The next Landscaping step is to add two inches of sand over the Landscaping fabric. Use a 2×4 board that is slightly smaller than the width of the path to smooth the sand so it’s flat and level. Another Landscaping tip from the Landscaping Renton team is to spray the sand with water to concentrate and compact it before setting the stones.

Layout the Stones

Layout the path stones to one side of the pathway so it’s visible. The idea is to see the shape and size of each stone to see and choose the best stones to lay in the pathway.

Install the Stones

Place stones in the sandbed of the walkway. Leave small gaps if you’ll fill the gaps with sand and gravel. Use a carpenter’s level to check each stone for level and to level other stones as you work.

Fill the Gaps

Landscaping Renton advises adding sand or gravel to fill gaps between stones. Spread sand with a broom, spray water to settle the sand, then fill the gaps repeatedly until it’s full.