Building a Field Stone Sidewalk


They say that if you're in a hurry, a sidewalk ought to be smooth and level. But if you want to slow things down a bit, keep life simple and enjoy the view, a stone walkway can help you accomplish that!   Following is the tale of how we built our stone walkway with stones we found on our property.

During an excavation project, we collected the field stones that were uncovered on our property and set them aside, stacking them in piles of small, medium and large sizes until we were ready to build our sidewalk.  (While we were waiting for the excavation work to be complete, I had fun building a cairn with some of the stones.)


Our yard was already dug up from the excavation; if it had not been, we would have had to lift up the sod. As it was, we outlined the shape we wanted with rope and laid down landscape fabric to deter grass and weeds from growing.

We filled the area with limestone gravel, raked it, and started laying down the stones.  We used larger ones on the edges and scattered in the middle, then filled in between with medium and small stones.  It was like putting a puzzle together! (A puzzle without a picture to look at!)  The stones could be wiggled down into the gravel to form a more even top surface. After all the pieces were in place, we filled in between the gaps with pea gravel.


When finished, we planted grass seed around it and added some landscaping plants (sun-loving ones for our setting):  Blue Fescue, Shasta Daisies, Mums, Asters, and Coral Bells.

A stone sidewalk encourages one to slow down and look around, so add something pretty and interesting to pause and admire . . . like flowers, or chickens!



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8 comments:

  1. I have no natural stone, have to purchase but I love the idea. I bought some for project that was never started, I think I'll switch!!! Thanks for inspiration!

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    1. That's great Roberta! I hope you do; you'll love it! Thanks for your comment.

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  2. Love it! We have lots of stone, since we live in a valley with a tiny stream that used to fill the whole valley---thousands of years ago--lots of fossils, clay, gravel and stone. I'm always looking for ways to use it -- thanks for the directions, too.

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    1. Thank you Meredith. I love natural stone. What a great resource for you to gather stones and look for interesting artifacts. The walkway was not a difficult project. We made it wide, but it's not real long. It was physical and took some time, but it came together without difficulty. Thank you for commenting.

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  3. Katie, I just LOVE your blog! This stone walkway is fabulous. And you created it with materials from your own property making it truthful, quaint and resourceful as well. Nice job! Becky/ Step Into Our Garden & TFADOK.

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    1. Thank you, Becky, for such a nice compliment. I love natural materials and using things we already have for a new purpose. You have some very lovely blogs as well! Thanks for commenting.

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  4. What a wonderful, easy to understand tutorial! We will be redoing our garden before next spring and are planning on making a walkway leading to the garden, so you have given me a great idea. I love that you used stone from your property. It turned out so well! Great job.

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  5. Oh thank you so much, ONW! It really was pretty simple with just a little effort in transporting and handling all those stones. We built that sidewalk four years ago, and it is still stable and solid. The first and last photos were just taken this year. I hope you do put one in!

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