How to Lay New Grass with a Stepping Stone Path

Creating a beautiful path in your garden can be a rewarding and satisfying project. Whether you’re looking to enhance the look of your space or create a practical walkway, this guide will walk you through each step. Follow along, and soon you will have lush, green grass with a stepping stone path to enjoy in time for the summer.

Why Create a Grass and Stepping Stone Path?

A well-designed path adds charm to your garden and serves a practical purpose. It directs foot traffic, reduces soil compaction, and protects your plants. Stepping stones and grass create a natural, inviting look that integrates seamlessly with your lawn.

Tools and Materials Needed

We created an entrance into our back garden with a small pathway measuring 2 meters long and 1 meter wide.

Some toods needed to create a Stepping Stone Path

We previously had small stone shingles on the path, but we wanted to create a softer, more inviting path that blended into our lawn. Before we dive into the how-to, gather the following tools and materials.

  • Shovel
  • Garden rake
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Level
  • Sand
  • Soil
  • Grass seed
  • Stepping stones (we used stepping stones that were 50cm wide by 20cm depth)
  • Garden hose or watering can

Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Your Garden Path

Step 1: Remove the Existing Gravel and Cloth

Area cleared and ready
  1. Clear the Area: Start by removing the gravel from the existing path. Use a shovel and wheelbarrow to transport the gravel away.
  2. Remove the Cloth: Once the gravel is cleared, remove the landscape cloth underneath. This will expose the soil and make it easier to dig.

Step 2: Prepare the Ground

  1. Dig Over the Area: Use a shovel to dig over the entire area. Be sure to remove old roots, weeds, stones, and debris. This will loosen the soil and make it easier to work with.
  2. Add New Soil: Add a layer of fresh soil to the dug area. This will provide a good base for the new grass and stepping stones.
  3. Even Out the Ground: Use a garden rake to even out the ground. Ensure the soil is level and smooth.

Step 3: Position and Lay the Stepping Stones

A level helps placing stones correctly
  1. Plan the Layout: Decide on the placement of your stepping stones. For a path 2 meters long and 1 meter wide, you’ll need 5 stones, each measuring 50cm x 20 cm. Our stones have a depth of around 3cm.
  2. Add Sand: Add a layer of sand to the areas where the stones will go. This helps with leveling and provides a stable base.
  3. Lay the Stones: Place each stepping stone on the sand. Use a mercury stick to ensure they are level.
  4. Adjust as Needed: Check the alignment and spacing of the stones. Adjust the sand and position until you’re satisfied with the layout. We found a rubber mallet handy here to ensure each stone was at the right level.

Step 4: Prepare for Grass Seed

Prepare area for grass seed

Fill Gaps with Soil: Fill the gaps around the stepping stones with soil. This ensures the grass will grow evenly around the stones.

Firm the soil by treading over the area if it is relatively small. If you have a large area to sow, rent a roller to firm the soil.

Rake the top of the soil lightly with a soil rake.

Step 5: Planting the Grass

  • Sow the Seeds: Evenly distribute grass seed over the soil. Aim for good coverage without overcrowding. The best time to sow new grass is early spring or autumn.
  • Lightly Rake: Very gently rake the grass seeds into the soil. This ensures they are slightly covered and more likely to germinate.
  • Watering: Water the seeds gently but thoroughly.
  • Growth Expectation: You should see new grass growth in around 2 weeks.

Step 6: Water and Maintain

Grass ready for first cut
  1. Watering: Water the newly planted grass thoroughly with a garden hose or watering can. Keep the soil moist at all times until the grass is well established, which usually takes 3 to 4 weeks.
  2. First Mow: When the grass reaches about 3 inches / 8 cm in height, usually in 4-6 weeks, it’s time for the first cut. Mow it down to about 2 inches / 4 cm or on the highest setting possible on your lawn mower.
  3. Maintenance: Once the grass grows, water it regularly and mow as needed. But leave the grass to grow at least 3 inches / 8 cm before the first cut. This will help the grass blend seamlessly with your existing lawn.

Tips for Success

Choosing the Right Stepping Stones

When selecting stepping stones, consider the style and material that best complements your garden. Natural stone offers a timeless look, while concrete pavers can be more affordable and versatile.

Preparing the Soil

Good soil preparation is key to a successful path. Ensure the soil is free of weeds and debris. Adding organic matter can improve the quality and structure of your soil.

Watering Wisely

Proper watering is crucial, especially in the early stages. Do not overwater, as this can cause young roots to rot and die. Underwatering can cause the grass to dry out.

Dealing with Weeds

Remove weeds promptly. Weeds can compete with your grass for nutrients and water, hindering its growth.

Long-Term Care

Regular maintenance is essential for keeping your path looking its best. Aerate the soil occasionally by spiking it regularly with a garden fork. Replenish the grass as needed to fill any bare spots by adding more grass seed with a light layer of top dressing. Water well.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

Uneven Stones

If your stepping stones become uneven over time, lift them and adjust the sand base. Ensure they are level to prevent tripping hazards.

Grass Not Growing

Check your soil quality and watering schedule if the grass around the stones isn’t growing well. Sometimes, adding a layer of compost can provide the necessary nutrients.

Creating a new grass and stepping stone path can transform your garden. Following these steps gives you a beautiful and functional path that enhances your outdoor space. Remember, patience and regular maintenance are crucial to ensuring your path remains lush and inviting for years to come

Mattias Magnusson: Hello, I'm Mattias, a passionate and experienced gardening enthusiast. I am the creator of, your guide to year-round herb and veggie growing. Let's simplify green living, no matter your space or location.