Oh, We Can Do This Ourselves

September 7, 2009 2 Comments

Dangerous words from two people with very little design ability.  Or patience.

We have been talking about getting some edging around our house for awhile now.  We even had a landscaper come out this past spring and he showed us how to use a hose to outline what you want to cut out before you actually cut out the turf.  And he gave us an estimate for the labor and the cost of the edging material.  So we have been thinking about how we can afford it.  And… here comes one of Dwayne’s visions.

Dwayne has access to some sandstone rock at work.  Great.  Free rock.  We just have to get it ourselves.  Actually, my wonderful husband gets all of that fun to himself!  Dwayne pulled our hose out of the reel and we started at one end of the house, figured out where we wanted the line to be and then sprayed along it with marker paint.  when we hit the end, we moved the hose to the next section and did the same.  All the way around the house.  And we decided to make a flower bed around our Purple Mountain Ash.  So we marked that out, too.  Next, we have to strip the sod.  Neither of us have ever done anything like that before.  Well, that hasn’t stopped us in the past, so Dwayne rented a sod stripper last week and set to work. 

The fruit of Dwayne's labor

The fruit of Dwayne's labor... sod to be picked up.

It looked pretty rough.  Especially around the tree.

It looks like a mini go-cart dirt track!  He kept the sod in place so it won't erode as much.

It looks like a mini go-cart dirt track! He kept the sod in place so it won't erode as much.

After a lot of pulling up the sod and raking what is left, we started laying the rock that we have already. 

A good start

A good start

So far, so good.  We will need a lot more rock before we are finished, but Dwayne is doing a great job in getting it to look good.  Especially where the lawn slopes. 

The slope gets pretty steep, although you can't really tell since Dwayne did a great job!  Well, okay, it is probably just the angle.

The slope gets pretty steep, although you can't really tell since Dwayne did a great job! Well, okay, it is probably just the angle.

And with landscape fabric and mulch to keep the weeds down, it is going to look really nice. 

At least we have some of it completely finished.  It looks pretty good, too.

At least we have some of it completely finished. It looks pretty good, too.

We will put in some larger stones for a path from the patio to the yard.

It's like a puzzle

It's like a puzzle

Dwayne took the best looking sod and replaced some not-so-good-looking sod along our driveway.

Now we just have to remember to water it twice a day.

Now we just have to remember to water it twice a day.

While Dwayne has done most of the work (and doing a great job at it, too!), the cat’s apparently worked so hard supervising that they needed to rest.

After a hard day's work.... well, they only supervise, really.

After a hard day's work.... well, they only supervise, really. And they don't even keep their attention up for that, either!

Here’s to a relatively painless finish to what we have started!

 

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  1. It’s the middle of winter and I just checked out your blog for the first time. I wanted to comment on something that you did in your landscape that I think you will regret in the future. You used landscape fabric underneath your mulch. As much as you like planting and moving perennials around this fabric will be in your way on an ongoing basis. The other problem is the mulch will decompose over time. This leaves a compost on the top of your fabric in which weed seeds can easily germinate and grow. Fabric works much better when used in beds that are not going to be changed much as in foundation plantings with shrubs and rock as the mulch.

  2. Eileen Loan says:

    Roger, thanks for the comment. I agree with you. We only put landscaping fabric under the large stepping stones… places I don’t expect to plant anything. There was fabric under all the pea gravel when we moved in and I have been fighting it ever since. I know the hassle of trying to plant something through landscaping fabric. As we are pulling the sod and gravel up, I am getting rid of the old fabric as well. Your point about landscaping fabric is a good thing to keep in mind for all gardeners. Thanks!

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