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How to create a stepped path from repurposed material

Category: General News | Published on 19-August-2021 13:10:10

Upcycling a stepped path to your house or cabin is a great way to upgrade your house and impress family & friends. Give your old, muddy pathway a new look with just some used Straightcurve hardline edging and some stones from a nearby creek.

With the New South Wales borders closed due to Covid 19 many Australians had to rearrange their holiday plans. Just like Tarrant, StrataGreen’s Sales and DIY expert. “Our multi state outback and desert trip was cancelled two years in a row now.” Instead, Tarrant and his partner Caryn headed off to friends that had recently purchased a 1100 acre native forest property in the mountains in the Nymboida area. The property is an off-grid weekend escape with about 12 kms of pristine creak frontage. “Our friends mentioned they wanted a stepped path from the small cabin campground down to the creek. That was my calling”, says Tarrant.

Here’s how to upcycle your path:

1. Gather your Tools and materials:

• Imagination
• Marking Paint
• Tape Measure
• Mattock
• Spade
• Fencing Bar
• Spirit Level
• Angle Grinder
• Lump Hammer
• Bucket

2. Steps:

1. Select the edging you want to upcycle:
Originally the Straightcuve Hardline (150mm weathering steel) was used as a whipper snipper edge and barrier between lawn and river pebbles at a pool edge.
This was removed a few years later as part of a pool area renovation.

2. Start by initially clearing a selected area just like Tarrant and Caryn did in Nymboida, NSW, to aid working.
Clearing of selected area.

3. Dig your first step into place and check for level.

4, Make sure you trim and notch StraightCurve edge to get around any rocks in the way.

5. Work with any fall and flatter areas to introduce initial steps in must have locations.

6. Don’t fight nature, if you can work with it, this makes your job easier but also adds flow and curve. Here, Tarrant has narrowed the width of the step to lock into a natural rock crevice.

7. Connect with nature: This picture shows how Tarrant and Caryn worked with the natural curves and contours as well as the rock slabs. This is a bush property so it didn’t need to be uniform, plus it gives more character. This also shows how the steps were widened at the creek end. “It opens it up for you to go in both directions at the waters edge”, says Tarrant.

8. Time to backfill the steps with fine sand and fine pebbles from the creek edge. Tarrant and Caryn started “paving” with flattish surface rocks again from the creek edge.

9. The paving continues...

10. Once the “paving” is completed the sides can be lined with larger river rocks to further delineate the path. This reduces vegetation encroachment from the sides and further locks the steps in place.

11. When finished, wash down the steps to wet the sand that was used as a base and wash any muddy boot prints off. This will bring out the varying colours in the stones!

12. Once the hard work is done – It’s time to sit back with a well-deserved drink and appreciate your handy work!

“There is no better place for my 2nd hand hardline edging to go, needless to say our friends are over the moon and didn’t expect anything as cool as what has been created, even better that all the stone was sourced by Caryn and I from said creek”.

Are you interested in improving or upcycling your garden with Straightcurve garden edging ?

Find out more about Straightcurve here and get in touch with our friendly team to find the products for your project:
Email: or call: 1300 866 367


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