Do you have a long slope in your yard? Are you looking for a natural way to create a path of stairs that will blend nicely with your landscaping? You can create a wood and dirt stair path from the base of the slope to the top. It will blend perfectly with all sorts of landscape designs and provide you a safe way to climb the slope. Here, you will learn how to build a stair path out of wood and dirt.
To complete this project you will need:
- Pressure 2x6 treated lumber
- Metal rake
- Circular saw
- Landscaping fabric and plastic border
- Tamping tool
- Measuring tape
Step 1: Measure and mark the slope for the placement of the stair path. Use spray paint or small wooden stakes to mark the position of the stairs.
Step 2: Beginning at the base of the slope, begin digging a 6 inch trench where the first board will go in place. Fill the trench in with 2 inches of gravel and level it. Measure and cut the first board to the correct width and place it in the trench.
Step 3: Drill a hole in the board the diameter of the rebar. The rebar will be used to anchor the stairs and keep them from sliding out of position. Use the sledgehammer to pound the rebar into the ground until the top of the rebar is flush with the top of the wood.
Step 4: Determine how deep you want the stairs to be. Measure from the backside of the board to the desired stair depth and mark where you will dig a trench for the second board. Repeat steps 1 and 2 and continue on to the next step and all the way up to the stop of the slope.
Step 5: Once you have placed all of the boards, lay the landscaping fabric on each stair and position the plastic border around the edges.
Step 6: Fill the stairs with soil and tamp it into place. The more time you spend tamping it, the more solid the stairs will be.
Note: You can opt to top off each stair with gravel or mulch to decrease mud transference after the rain.
Depending on the size of the slope in your yard, this project could be done in as little as a day or several days. When you finish, your slope stairs will look natural, beautiful and fitting for your landscaped yard. For more information on pressure-treated lumber, talk to companies like Condon Maurice L CO INC Lumber.