viburnum. I don't have a close-up picture but I can tell you it resembles a very large home plate in shape. I situated it so that it would be a good stone to branch off with a second pathway to the right. The first pathway and the (eventual) second pathway will circle around the viburnum and connect near the stone bench in front of the birch tree.
I dug each of the stones into the ground so that the riding lawnmower would have no problems traveling over them. I tested it last night and while the stones might have been a little bumpy to mow over (most natural stones are) there were no issues. Encouraging a low growing ground cover might be an option for the future.
I followed a few simple steps to set the stones:
- I laid the stones down with the flattest side up since it would be the best side to walk on.
- I spaced them out to the desired distance. In this case they matched my normal walking pace. (Anyone else is out of luck!)
- I used my shovel to cut an outline of the hole around the rock. Then moved the rock.
- I cleaned out the hole of sod and left loose soil underneath to make setting the stone easy.
- I replaced the stone and filled and holes along the sides with more loose soil.
Another option would be setting the stones then filling in with topsoil but since I didn't want to change the grade of the land or take a trip to get topsoil setting the stones in the ground was the best option. But I also think that digging in the stones is less work!