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Question: I am a new homeowner. We would like to make steps into a slight incline in our yard. With all the different products out there to use, we have no idead what to use. We want something that looks nice and very low maintenance and inexpensive. Also, a diy project.

Answer: You can start by determining the size of the project. First measure from the top of where the top steps will be to bottom of where the bottom step will be measuring for height only, then measure the same two points to see how long the stone steps will be from the front of the bottom step to the back of the top step. Now you can figure how many stones you need by dividing the height by seven (inches) and the length by twelve (inches) which is a common run - up seven inches for every twelve inches, from bottom to top.

The you'll need to select stones or pavers. Setting the stones is a little more labor intensive. First dig out the bottom step area to six or so inches and fill with gravel for drainage. Next set the stone in place and get it level. You can put gravel under every step or set the stone on the dirt. Place each step level and move up to the next.

You can find printed instructions next to the displays of pavers, rocks and stones at your local Home Depot. Good luck with your project!

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