Summer is officially gone and that means the summer yard projects are coming to a close. Phase 6 has been in the works nearly ALL summer! But they completed it … finally! We went from tiger lily bed to a fantastic home for the waste bins!
It took them a while for good reason – it was a lot of work! First, they cleared out the tiger lilies.
Then, they took out the frame and dug down the dirt so the entire bed was 6″ deep and moved the dirt to the raised garden. The top went pretty well, but then they ran into clay. Lots of sticky, clumpy clay. As they moved the clay, they sifted out rocks and added peat moss to make the garden soil a little better for the future plants.
Once it was dug out, it was tamped down and a crack in the cinder blocks was patched. Next, rocks were added. They pulled the rocks from the spot right in front of the bed and from under the bay window at the front of the house. They also pulled out the giant peony in the photo above (it was sad, but it wasn’t quite fitting their vision and it was in a tough sun spot and didn’t bloom as well as it should). They added mulch to the spot where they pulled the rocks.
After there was a couple inches of rocks added to the side area, they put a layer of leveling sand. They leveled it out and tamped it down again.
They got pavers in sienna and autumn and made a basketweave pattern with them.
They also added an old pallet to block the view of the garbage cans from the road. Next spring, Steph plans to paint the pallet.
One last thing to do is fill in the gap with dirt and grass seed, bringing the grass up to the pavers. The kids bought rain barrels as well, so next spring will mean rerouting the downspout and adding some plants to the planting area on top. Even though it took all summer, things are coming together!
Here is what you see from the road!