How to Install Stepping Stones for a Rock Driveway

What You'll Need
Paving or Flat Rocks
Tape Measure
Paint spray

Placing stepping stones into a rock driveway is perhaps not as peculiar as you may think. The rock driveway is not specifically designed to be walked upon, and there may be a range of rocks, and gaps between the rocks, which can hurt the feet or turn the ankle over, posing a health and safety risk to anyone entering your driveway. Rock driveway designs often feature small stepping stones, often of rock, but also made from concrete paving, that allow you to pass over the driveway without hurting yourself. This is a simple job that can be done by anyone with some basic knowledge of home improvement, and should only take a couple of hours.

Step 1 - Prepare the Area

Before you start to place the stepping stones, you will need to prepare the driveway. This happens in two stages. Firstly, you have to work out exactly where the stones need to be placed. This is vital to getting the right distance for your stones. You don't want to use so many that you make a pathway out of them, but you also need them to be within a suitable stepping distance. You can measure your own stride, and then lay this out on the driveway, or you can measure the stride of the smallest adult in your household. Once you have this distance, you should mark the place where each stone will go upon the driveway using your paint spray.

Step 2 - Clearing the Ground

Once you have finished marking out the space, you will need to clear away the rocks so that you can place the stones upon a level surface. You can do this in two ways. Firstly, you can remove all of the rock using a shovel, but this is quite hard work and will probably take you most of the day. Instead, rake away an area around the space you have marked, so you have a square hole in the driveway.

Step 3 - Place the Stones

You will need to cut the stones or paving down to a suitable size before you place it in the driveway. You could get them cut professionally, but in a rock driveway, a rugged shape looks more natural, and you can easily make this yourself. Decide how big you want the stone, and using a hammer and chisel, remove the excess rock. Don't worry if the cut isn't perfect, but try not to cut off too much at once. When the stones are ready, cover the bottom of each stone with a layer of caulk, and then push it onto the ground. The caulk will help prevent sliding, and help the stone to cling to the ground.

Step 4 - Finishing

Once you have done this, add the rocks that you removed back onto the driveway, and smooth the area using the rake. You can push excess rocks around the edges of the stones. Leave your pathway to dry overnight, and then return the following day to check that they are secure.