Building Steps

Properly constructed garden steps not only take a walk or path into another dimension, they also serve as a retaining wall, holding back soil erosion. This means you need to plan carefully, and securely anchor them into the slope they ascend.

Select materials to match or contrast with the walkways at top and bottom. Besides the brick and timber versions shown here, you can build steps entirely of concrete (just dispense with the bricks), set bricks or concrete slabs into a sand base, mix stone or concrete treads with brick risers, or terrace the slope with timber risers and surface the treads with gravel, wood chips, or other loose fill.

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