Conventional walkways made of concrete do not fit well in gardens because of their industrial look. A more natural approach is to create a stepping stone path which leads visitors throughout your beautiful garden. Stepping stone pavers come in every style and can even be customized. Concrete pavers can be customized by pouring fresh concrete and writing your name on the front. Or, you can press mosaic pieces into the top. There are kits available which can help with this. Other stepping stones are made of slate, sand stone, rubber and metal. Choosing a style is one of the most fun parts of creating a stepping stone path.
All garden stepping stones need to be installed into solid ground so that they will stay in place. When choosing a set of stones, you want them to set in the ground about 1 inch in depth, while sticking out of the surface about an inch. Thus, 2 inch thick stepping stones are the standard size. To begin, layout the stones in the orientation you desire. They should be close enough to accommodate the natural walking gait of a human, yet far enough apart so that they are not squished.
Now you can use a flat spade to mark out each stone’s profile onto the ground. Remove the stones and dig a 1 inch deep hole in the exact shape of each stone. Test-fit the stones into the holes. If any are not level, you can remove them and fill the hole with a bit of sand. Adjust as necessary until all of the stepping stones fit snug. This not only adds stability to the path, but prevents stresses which can crack the stones. With rain and temperature changes, the stones may shift and/or sink into the ground. Apply more sand underneath the stones to raise them. Alternatives to stepping stones include using bare dirt or making a decomposed granite path.