tree trunk stepping stones

germodderNovember 13, 2006

WE have cut a pine tree and I have had the trunk sliced into circles about 2-3 inches thick. I am going to put these down as a path in my woodland garden. Do you have any ideas for treating the slices to help protect them from the weather

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Polyurethane comes to mind. There are also products that are used to restore rotted wood like Keypoxy Wood Restorer but I've never tried them. Linseed oil also comes to mind.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2006 at 6:49AM
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In the 70's I had a path of wood (pine)stepping stones, they were very slippery, just from the dew, or wicking up moisture from the soil, so be careful.. They all rotten within about 4 years. Even pressure treated decks/stairs are slippery when wet. I now have alot of granite sink cut-outs (free from granite countertop suppliers) that I flip over to use the non-polished side (the polished side is very slippery-don't ask me how I know-ouch, ouch).

    Bookmark   November 16, 2006 at 7:47PM
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I use wood chips or crushed stone a/k/a gravel (the more irregular in shape the stone pieces are, the better) for paths.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2006 at 7:03AM
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waplummer(Z5 NY)

I did the same thing with oak except mine were about six inches thick. They lasted quite a number of years and when they did rot they were removed and concrete poured in the holes that remained. pine would not last as long.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2006 at 9:11PM
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