Log rounds as stepping stones

kaitain4(7)April 24, 2008

I had a large cherry tree cut down last November, and came upon the idea of cutting it into "rounds" and using them as stepping stones on a garden path (see picture). I recently had the trunk (18" diameter) and two large limbs cut into 5" thick sections. These will be sunk in gravel to make the stepping stones.

I have several questions:

1.) How long should I allow the wood rounds to dry out before sealing them?

2.) I plan on using marine varnish to seal and dress the rounds. I plan on sealing every surface - is this the right thing to do?

3.) The rounds will be set almost 3 inches deep into gravel. Any idea who long they'll last?

Thanks in advance for any input.



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Spar varnish (marine varnish) is waterproof and sunlight-resistant. Naturally, good for use on ship or boat spars and other woodwork where you want a glossy finish. The only note of caution in a high gloss surface is that it can be slippery.

I don't know how long it would take your log rounds to dry out to accept a coat of varnish, but you might want to consider adding some sand or grit to the surface before the varnish dries - simply for safety's sake.

Not intended as stepping stones, but I've got the trunk remains of old spruce cut down to maybe 5 inches above ground level in my fern bed - maybe two or three times as large as your cherry logs. I've slid off them more than once and they're just bare, unsealed wood.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 2:38AM
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I wouldn't bother varnishing them because you'll have to wait too long for the wood to dry. Just use them, in actually they are free money.

Here is a link that might be useful: Propagating Perennials

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 8:13AM
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mjsee(Zone 7b, NC)


What's up with the perpetual posting of "propagating perennials"? In what way is a site dedicated to propagating perennials useful to someone with a stepping stone (or log) question? Perhaps I missed something...

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 5:42PM
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Stepping stones usually are used through a garden or lawn area and other than vegetables what do you have in gardens?

Here is a link that might be useful: Propagating Perennials

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 7:54PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Apart from them becoming slippery even if stones are used instead of wood rounds you still have the problem of them being dribbles in the scene that produce a visual distraction from the whole. When looking from afar your eye is captured by these dots running through. When walking on them you have to look at them to see where to step, instead of taking in the garden around you.

Where individual stones are useful is in mixed borders, as islands among the plants where feet can be placed instead of trodding on the soil (or plants).

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 9:10PM
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