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– The characteristics of the Japanese walkway
– The installation of Japanese walkways
– How much does it cost to construct a Japanese walkway?

The Japanese walkway is not only practical and aesthetic, but also a good solution to create an elegant walkway in a garden. And with the diversity of materials available today, it is no longer reserved only for Zen-inspired gardens. It naturally finds its place in all types of exteriors: from the most traditional to the most contemporary.

The characteristics of the Japanese walkway


A Japanese walkway is a slab of more or less regular shape and standard size. Count about 30 cm in diameter for a rounded pattern and 35 × 30 × 3 cm for a rectangular pattern. The tiles are laid discontinuously, with varying degrees of spacing and alignment. They create an elegant and unobtrusive circulation without damaging the lawn: the garden is not disfigured and the areas of passage are not worn out by the comings and goings of walkers.


The Japanese walkway or “Tobi ishi”, which means “flying stones”, has its origins in Asian culture. It is a major component of the Japanese garden. In the respect of tradition, its laying is not random and obeys precise rules. There is not one, but several Japanese walkways offering different styles: strict and geometric (“Shin”), free and natural (“So”), and combining both (“Gyo”).


Japanese walkways are now available in a wide variety of materials:

– natural stone;
– limestone;
– reconstituted stone;
– granite;
– rot-proof resin;
– moulded concrete;
– wood;
– cast iron;
– slate.

Reconstituted stone is the most widely used: it is very solid and resistance. It is also non-slip (provided it has been treated) and non-freezing and lighter than natural stone.

Slate slabs are most often used in modern gardens, those in cast iron for a romantic atmosphere; those in limestone or granite fit into all types of exteriors.

More original models also exist: increased size, luminescence, customization, everything is possible!

The installation of Japanese walkways

The laying of Japanese walkways on a lawn is very easy. However, it is important to know that the Japanese walkways are installed to direct the pathway and to modulate your walk. The close slabs encourage you to slow down, the distant slabs invite you to walk more freely.

The layout of the path

The Japanese walkways can be arranged to create a winding or straight driveway. For an easy and pleasant walk, the slabs must be placed at the right distance, i.e. between 50 and 60 cm. You can place the steps either in the traffic axis or in staggered rows: staggered by about 15 cm from the axis. The next step is to calculate the number of tiles to be laid.

Good to know: to obtain the right distance between each slab, the measurement must be taken from the middle of the slab.

Tip: Use a garden hose to sketch out the path. This is an excellent solution for visualising your future driveway.


Once the path has been traced:

1. Place the slabs in the right place and mark the outline of each slab with a spade shovel.
2. Remove the slabs and loosen the ground to a height equal to the thickness of the slab plus 5 cm. For example, if the Japanese step is 3 cm thick, the floor will need to be cut back 8 cm.
3. Place a 5 cm bed of sand in each hole and then place the slab by tapping gently with a hammer. This is to prevent the slab from sinking too deep into the ground over time.
4. Finally, use a stick (broom handle type) to make sure that the slabs do not exceed the level of the lawn, which would hinder the passage of the mower.

What is the cost of a Japanese walkway?

Japanese walkways have become very popular and are now sold in many stores: in supermarkets in the gardening section, in garden centres, in DIY and decoration stores, in shops dedicated to garden design and decoration, and on the Internet where the offer is abundant.

The Japanese “stepper” is sold individually. It is mainly the material that influences its price; then comes the size and design for more elaborate slab models.

Here are a few guidelines, in a range from $5 to $25. Count:
– $5 per unit for a concrete slab;
– $7 per unit for a reconstituted stone slab;
– $9 per unit for a granite slab;
– $12 to $17 a unit for a decorated cast-iron slab;
– $12 to $17 per unit for a slate slab;
– $25 each for a marble slab.

Should you be looking for professionals to create your living heaven in Melbourne, Church Street Garden Service is the place to call both for residential and commercial clients. And, remember to share your experience in the section below.

There are different kinds of landscape specialities. Hardscape is the constructed portion of the landscape. It includes patios, pergolas, pools and supporting walls. Another landscape speciality is softscape or most commonly known as soft landscaping. This one covers all the plant aspects. Some other types of landscape specialities are interior or exterior, and residential or commercial landscaping.

In this article, we’ll talk about the different steps involved in creating and maintaining your soft landscaping.

Spring clean-up

It is vital to lift up loose detritus when winter is over because it could soak deep in your field or lawn and develop diseases if it’s not taken care of. Spring cleanup brings a nice feeling. A professional team of landscapers possesses all the skills to handle it for you!

Mulch installation

Mulch is any material that’s arranged over the soil as a covering. Mulch won’t solely increase your property’s charm, it will also protect your plants and shrubs throughout dry conditions. It retains wetness of the soil, prevents weeds from cropping up anywhere and retain the coolness of the soil while rendering the garden a lot more enticing.


Once the snow is gone and the tract has begun to green-up, you know that it’s time to use fertiliser. Fertilising is vital as it provides the nutrients to the grass to make it grow healthily. Once the spring bulbs emerge from the soil, fertilising them can guarantee lasting blooms. It additionally feeds the bulb for next year’s growth. However, fertilisers will harm your piece of land if they are not applied properly.

Core aerating

Lawn aeration involves removing chunks of grass to allow air, water, and nutrients to penetrate the bottom and reach the roots of plants. Professionals use special aerator tools to perforate the green tract to pull up plugs of turf. As mould sets in, these pulled-out plugs become useful nutrients to your lawn and contribute by beautifying your turf.

Lawn rolling

Lawn rolling to flatten undesirable chatter bumps when mowing the garden tract. Lawn rolling will knock down mole tunnels, fix minor tire ruts and smooth the texture of the areas that heaved throughout winter. This exercise will compact the soil and it is advisable that you just perform or schedule core aeration right when the field has been rolled.

Sod installation

Sod will offer your property a much-needed face-lift if the lawn were already pretty much damaged. Sod can produce a lawn instantly and is often used in construction projects or if you’re beginning to construct your garden.

Garden style & installation

Garden designers can design exclusive garden models with a combination of trees, shrubs, and flowers in your yard. A landscape gardener will do the handy jobs to put in the trees, bushes, flowers and every style of verdure.


Thatch is a build-up of organic matter which embrace dead grass leaves, overcrowded grassroots, stems, and sidelong weed growth. Thatch will induce the expansion and good health of your turf. Dethatching helps the grass by encouraging it to thicken up, leading it to be less prone to illnesses. Reducing thatch levels will increase the degree of air, water, and nutrients that may get through the foundation zone of the grass.


Over time, grass tends to lose a touch of its colour and thickness. The correct remedy here is over-seeding. It involves spreading grass seed over your existing turf. The method of over-seeding helps existing lawns to turn thicker. At the same time, boosting their strength to resist weeds and drought. The process is to apply topsoil followed by grass seeds to make sure the germination occurs.

Yard maintenance & garden bed maintenance

On one hand, yard maintenance involves cutting, edging/trimming of the lawn, the trimming of trees, removing detritus off of walkways, driveways, decks, etc. You do this to make your lawn get that silken appearance. On the other hand, garden bed maintenance includes the removal of weeds and dead flowers to make sure your yard looks clean and neat.

Shrub Pruning

Shrub pruning is often performed following spring season after the abundant growth of plants. This involves hand pruning and cutting wherever necessary. It encourages inner growth.

Fall clean up

Fall clean up provides the care your property requires. This includes raking up leaves for cleanup and composting purpose, weed growth control, fertilising, organic, mulching, delicate pruning, cleanup of branches detritus, and mowing of your lawn.

Snow & ice removal program

Snow removal is often a dangerous task for people without the appropriate skills. It takes special vehicles to securely, quickly and effectively handle this difficult task.

Soft landscaping is one of the essential methods to keep your lawn neat, tidy and beautiful. Hopefully, this article would have helped you identify with your different needs that you should contemplate before hiring a landscape contractor as each task requires specific skills.

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