There seems to be some confusion regarding the size of the stairs. Is it 2 steps, with a 29 inch total length, or 2 runs of stairs with a total horizontal run of 29 feet? Makes a big difference in the answer.
If it's the 2 steps, I'd be tempted to add some extra support structure and cantilever the steps from the deck, so they don't even touch the ground. Although typical treated lumber is ok for ground contact. Really, if you had to replace the riser in 5 or 10 years, would it be that big of a deal? That said, the bigger issue most people run into is the grass right in front of the steps doesn't hold up to the heavier and more damaging foot traffic from people stepping on and off the stairs, and they end up with a muddy spot at the bottom of the steps.
There's also the issue of trying to mow or trim around/under that last step, if you don't put something down to keep the grass from growing there.