Step Treads and Stepping Stones

A close-up of Natural Boulder steps in the park

Stepping stones can be a wonderful addition to your outdoor landscape. There are two main reasons why home owners install stepping stones. One is the practical, the other is aesthetic. In areas of high traffic, getting grass to grow can be a frustrating and losing battle. Adding stepping stones makes it easy to know where to step and you don’t have to worry about killing the grass. For decorative purposes, guests will marvel at the uniqueness and attention to detail that you created with stepping stones, and you get to enjoy them on a daily basis as well. From the cozy cottage stepping stones to the symmetrical Zen garden foot path, stepping stones can add another dimension to your yard and garden that you might have never considered before. 

Traditionally, stepping stones were pathways to or from gardens, and while many people still use them for this purpose today, you can also use them as paths to garages, sheds, patios and mailboxes. From the practical standpoint, many gardeners use stepping stones through their flowerbeds to help keep their shoes clean.

Stepping Stones Come in a Variety of Shapes and Sizes

A close shot of the Atlanta flagstone step treads

Stepping stones come in many shapes and colors. For example, you can choose irregular shapes or squares and rectangles.  You can choose consistent colors or feel free to mix and match.  You don’t have to feel a need to match up the shape and size of all your stepping stones.  Sometimes using the same stone, but in a different size or shape, adds to the overall visual appeal.  

Whether modern or country, stepping stones have earned a place in landscapes as a hardworking and decorative element, that are easily installed and tough to live without.

Gray Stepping Stones in the garden area