What can I use to put Between the stones in my yard?

by 16606675
Hi. I have an area of my yard that will not grow grass due to tree roots and high traffic. I put down some large flat stones and they look great. However, the stones are random shapes that don't fit tightly next to each other. I would like to put something between the stones but I am not sure what to use. Could I pour small gravel over the area and then sweep it off the stones into the spaces? What about small colored beads or rocks? Thanks.
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  • Shoshana Shoshana on Mar 28, 2017

    I think it'll look great if you fill the space with some small, smooth colored rocks... or even gravel. Good luck!

  • 16606675 16606675 on Mar 28, 2017

    That is what I think too...thanks for the input.

  • Marrianne Rudy Marrianne Rudy on Mar 28, 2017

    You could also use living green moss, giving the walkway an aged look.

  • 16606675 16606675 on Mar 28, 2017

    oh......that is a good idea. Thanks

  • Lucyof ak Lucyof ak on Mar 28, 2017

    Before you put the small stones down, make sure you put weed fabric down (Home Depot) The small stones will just sink into the existing soil in time and you will be replacing them constantly, more so if you have sandy soil.

  • 16606675 16606675 on Mar 28, 2017

    good idea! sounds like you have the voice of experience. Thanks

  • Betty Miller Betty Miller on Mar 28, 2017

    Just like any walk way the prep makes a difference how long it will last. Large flat rocks should be put on a bed of chat or sand. Weed fabric can be used also but still need something to level the stones on. Depending on the gaps you could plant moss or something similar between or just put sand in the gaps. Good luck with your project. You may still get weeds in sand, seed just seems to blow in from other places.

  • 16606675 16606675 on Mar 28, 2017

    thanks for the advice!

  • Cindi Kerr Cindi Kerr on Mar 30, 2017

    I found that stones however pretty tend to migrate everywhere except where you want them. My suggestion is to plant the herb thyme. Once the seeds grow, it not only smells good, but is so hardy that you can walk on it, it takes a beating. Also is great as a seasoning. It requires no maintenance. Good luck.

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    • Marrianne Rudy Marrianne Rudy on Apr 04, 2017

      Now that sounds good too! Love the living greenery between stones/rocks/pavers. To me, it reminds me of England where I grew up...I'm building a cottage and using pavers as a walkway to the door, so I may use thyme in the front, and moss in the back. Thank you for suggesting this alternative! :)

  • Lynn Lynn on Mar 30, 2017

    Depending the color of the stones & the space between them, I'd suggest mortar or pebbles. If you go with sand or pebbles, apply a resin coat to it to prevent migration of the sand particles or pebbles (same stuff used in pebbled driveways)

    I'd love to see a picture when you decide which way to go.

  • Susan Susan on Mar 30, 2017

    I would use sandy soil - or sand mixed with small gravel - if you use small rocks alone, they scatter and come lose and you'll be sweeping forever! Sand or soil will settle and yes - you might have a few weeds - but HOT water and vinegar will kill them naturally... good luck.

    • 16606675 16606675 on Mar 31, 2017

      thanks for the ideas...I will try the hot water and vinegar.

  • Judy Judy on Mar 30, 2017

    If you place gravel in the area, that means that you don't want any flowers, right? Or you may lay some brown paper down first, then some gravel, to help eliminate the weeds that may grow up. Best wishes.

  • Inetia Inetia on Mar 31, 2017

    Sand will work, or you can pay a little more for sand that contains concrete; then you can spray it with water and it will set up. I just used sand here but I'm planning to do the concrete so I can sweep up the pine needles that constantly fall from the tree. I got the rocks free from Craigslist. If your spaces are large enough for broken bricks, it's pretty easy to get them free from Craigslist too.

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    • 16606675 16606675 on Mar 31, 2017

      What a sweet little place you have there...thanks for the ideas

  • Stephanie corley Stephanie corley on Mar 31, 2017

    If the area is shaded, the herb sweet woodruff would do well and smell wonerful.

    • Marrianne Rudy Marrianne Rudy on Apr 04, 2017

      Another living idea! I've never heard of that plant, but will be looking it up as soon as I leave Hometalk........which will be awhile. :)

  • 16606675 16606675 on Mar 31, 2017

    yes, it is shaded...I will look into that. Thanks

  • Jjarnett Jjarnett on Mar 31, 2017

    Here I have rubber curbing border, weed matting, purchased bags of crushed rock for under stepping stones, (setting step stone onto crushed rock so they will not move for they are on a slope, then putting decorative river rocks all over and around the stepping stones. The photos will explain. I wanted safety and low maintenance. (The deck is composite wood on footers and framing.) Mine was a nasty drainage, washing out dirt, so I also installed a French drain to carry the water, disbursing it, instead of causing wash out from my downspout.

    You have many different options online by just search, how to make a stepping stone patio or walkway. The rewards of the proper installation, is key. (I find an occasional cleaning with a leaf blower keeps it looking good. Sweet Jasmine planted on arbor has yellow flower and leaves a wonderful aroma when blooming.


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  • Dorothy Collett Dorothy Collett on Mar 31, 2017

    I have found that sand and/or pea gravel either migrates or encourage germinating weeds. I discovered paver base recently. It is mostly rock dust that will compact and harden to an almost concrete surface. It is sold to be used under pavers but I plan to use it in large spaces between my stones as well. At around $3 to $4 a bag it is less expensive the the polymer sand ($15) used between pavers or stones. It can be swept or hosed to keep clean of accumulating dust and seeds.