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Using Green Stone Chippings to Create Garden Pathways

Posted on 28th June 2024

Green stone chippings are an excellent choice for enhancing the aesthetic and functionality of your garden. Their natural colour and texture can complement various garden designs, providing a beautiful and low-maintenance solution. 

This step-by-step guide will help homeowners and DIY enthusiasts install green stone chippings effectively.

Tools and Materials Needed

Before you start, gather the following tools and materials:

  • Green stone chippings
  • Weed membrane
  • Spade or shovel
  • Rake
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Garden fork
  • Edge restraints (optional)
  • Scissors or a utility knife
  • Measuring tape

Step 1: Planning and Preparation

Measure the Area

Begin by measuring the area where you plan to install the green stone chippings. Accurate measurements will help you determine the quantity of chippings needed. Mark the boundaries with string or stakes.

Clear the Area

Remove any existing vegetation, rocks, and debris from the area. Ensure the ground is level and free of any obstacles. Use a garden fork to loosen the soil, making it easier to level.

Step 2: Install the Weed Membrane

Lay the Weed Membrane

Cut the weed membrane to fit the measured area. Lay it flat on the ground, ensuring it covers the entire area where you will place the green stone chippings. Overlap the edges by at least 10 cm to prevent weeds from growing through the gaps.

Secure the Membrane

Secure the weed membrane with pegs or stones at the edges to keep it in place. This step is crucial to prevent the membrane from shifting when you add the chippings.

Step 3: Adding the Green Stone Chippings

Spread the Chippings

Transport the green stone chippings to the area using a wheelbarrow. Begin spreading the chippings evenly across the weed membrane. Use a spade or shovel to distribute the chippings, aiming for a uniform depth of about 5-7 cm.

Rake the Surface

Use a rake to spread the green stone chippings evenly. Ensure there are no gaps or thin spots. A consistent layer will provide better coverage and enhance the visual appeal of your garden.

Step 4: Finishing Touches

Edge Restraints

Consider installing edge restraints around the perimeter to keep the green stone chippings in place. This step is particularly useful if you have defined garden beds or pathways. Edge restraints can be made from metal, plastic, or wood, depending on your garden design.

Compact the Chippings

Lightly compact the chippings using a tamper or by walking over them. This helps settle the stones and creates a stable surface. Be careful not to over-compact, as this can make the surface too hard and less permeable.

Clean Up

Once the green stone chippings are in place, clean up any excess stones from surrounding areas. Sweep the edges to ensure a neat and tidy finish.

Maintenance Tips

Regular Raking

Occasionally rake the green stone chippings to maintain an even surface and prevent compacting. This also helps to remove debris and keep the area looking fresh.

Weed Control

While the weed membrane will significantly reduce weed growth, some weeds may still appear. Remove any weeds that do emerge promptly to keep your garden looking its best.

Top-Up Chippings

Over time, you may need to add more green stone chippings to maintain the desired depth and appearance. Check the level of the chippings periodically and top up as needed.


Installing green stone chippings in your garden is a straightforward process that can dramatically improve its appearance and functionality. 

By following this step-by-step guide, you can achieve a professional-looking result that is both beautiful and low-maintenance.

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