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Beach Pebbles - Landscaping Stones
Category Landscape Rocks
Landscaping stones can be both decorative and functional at the same time. A perfect example of what we’re talking about is steps made from these stones that work well for your exterior spaces and preferences. Once everything is done, you’ll have an aesthetically pleasing and practical addition to your property. Here’s what you need to know to make steps out of landscaping stones.

Pick a Spot for Your Steps

First, you’ll need to pick a spot for your steps. Possibilities include a steep hill, a lead-up to an entry into a garden area at a lower elevation, and areas around a porch, deck, or patio. You can also get creative with your steps. For instance, you might place them on a hill and install a waterfall that flows down the steps into a small pond.

Select Your Landscaping Stones

Landscaping stones come in all shapes and sizes, many of which can be used for steps if set up properly. Consider your personal preferences and the general style that works with your landscape and exterior features. Also, consider if you want a smoother or rougher finish and what colors fit in well with your outside spaces. For example, polished black river rock can add visual contrast and drama in areas with colorful flowers and trees.

Determine the Rise, Run, & Step Depth

The run is measured horizontally from the face of the bottom step to the same point on the top step. The rise is measured vertically from the base of what will be the bottom step to the base of the future top step. Divide your run measurement by the number of steps to get the step depth. It should fall between 12 and 18 inches.

Find Out How Many Stones You Need

Your step depth is one factor to consider when figuring out how many landscaping stones you need. Additionally, consider the size and shape of your stones. It’s better to overestimate than underestimate with your stones, since you can always use the extras in other areas, especially if you’re using decorative rocks in neutral colors, such as gray or white pebbles.

Put Your Stones into Place

Depending on your preferred stones and intended location, you may need to add concrete for extra stability and/or build a frame. This is more likely to be necessary if you’re going to create steps for a porch, patio, or deck. However, if you’re going for a more natural look along hilly terrain in your yard, complete the project by:

• Marking the width with stakes
• Starting at the bottom and digging out your step
• Pressing your landscaping stones into place
• Making the stones level—add soil if you’re having trouble doing this
• Putting a board on the second step
• Repeating the process until you get to the top step

Make sure your stones are pressed into place and compacted tightly enough to provide stability. If you’ve added too much soil, just remove the excess as you wrap things up. It’s also helpful to tap the stones with a rubber mallet to ensure a firm fit. Finally, add surrounding or groundcover plants to make your steps more attractive. The roots from the plants also minimize soil erosion. 

No matter what type of outdoor space you have, you can enhance its character and beauty with a variety of landscaping stones. For advice on designing your home’s landscape with river rocks and beach pebbles, reach out to the experts at RS&P Rocks Stones & Pebbles, a premier landscape rock and supply superstore. We specialize in drought-tolerant landscaping materials, including a variety of colored beach pebbles and river rocks. To learn how we can help you enhance the exterior of your home, call us today at (866) 380-0580.

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