That is 100% authentic Carolina red clay! Yummy! It will stain everything you own and make housekeeping a nightmare. With this mess, I had to come up with a fast and frugal solution to our mud problem.
Flat stones or stepping stones (cost will vary)
2 Garden Plus 20′ No Dig Landscape Edging Kits – $16 ea.
2 Extra bags of Garden Plus Edging Pegs – $4
Two different colors of mulch (I used 20 bags -10 for each color) $3 each
3′ or 4′ stick or yardstick for your width template – free
Gather all your materials near your path site. Layout all your stones and walk on them to make sure they are spaced for a comfortable gait. Do you see that stick in the above picture? That was my path width template.
After you have your path and the edging laid out, step away from it and take a look. Make any tweaks in the layout now.
Open a bag of mulch and spread the mulch to the top of your stones and the edging. Use the back side of your garden rake to smooth the mulch and eliminate any high or low spots.
Then spread the second color mulch on the outside of your path. Don’t you just love the contrast between these two? The lighter color mulch is cypress mulch and the darker is hardwood mulch.
Now stand back and admire your finished path! I think my favorite stepping stone is the broken heart stone I made with two rocks.
The entire path took me just over two hours. Not bad and the bonus is that I didn’t need to go to the gym to workout that day!
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