For a moment, let’s escape the wonderful world of landscaping and delve into some hardscaping.
Unlike it’s name – it’s not really that hard. Well…technically it is…but it isn’t. It’s easy to do…but it’s hard as in rigid…why has this turned into definition time?! Is my nerdy showing?
So the bit of the front beds that required some hardscaping was next to the mailbox surrounding our drain. We had already marked where the pavers needed to go with that curved board…but in the end that’s not what happened. Picking pavers was a difficult thing to do. Here’s why…
- we have a faux paver driveway (as in it’s stamped concrete to make it look like pavers but it’s not really pavers – it’s just concrete)
- our driveway is stained orangeish red at the beginning and then also later around the circle drive – the rest of the driveway is normal concrete color – gray.
- our mailbox is faux stacked stone in gray
- this drainage area also needed to encroach onto our neighbors yard since that is where the lowest points are for rainwater and they have a light gray stone bed on the other side of their driveway (I think it’s where they put their trash can)
So we had several different materials in the general area…and two property owners to make happy…and a shared budget. So in the end, the guys decided that these cheap gray pavers (they were roughly 5″x5″) would tie everything together. They are the same square shape as our faux driveway pavers…and the same color scheme as the mailbox, the neighbor’s driveway and the neighbor’s trash landing.
The guys laid them to be straight with the edge of the drain…
chiseling away at any extra concrete base of the mailbox or the road to fit in each paver.
In the end, it looked like this:
Let me just say that I’m not the hugest fan of it aesthetically. I wish it was fully pavered where the original line was designated…but we can’t really tell our neighbor’s how to finish their side. If that were possible – we would probably get a few suggestions of our own from the neighboring community – apparently these days, people take down their Christmas decorations before March hits 🙂
Oh and note that we did longer pavers tilted up on the far end of the drainage area so that all the water would really be channeled into the drain.
Here’s a sneak peek on the other side:
Yes, I had to lay all the landscaping fabric (which is weirdly theraputic to me) before mulching…
I love cutting out around the plants and all the utility stuff. That’s weird I know.
But what else can you expect from me? (why yes, this is a hip thrust for weed blocker)
A few days later, we officially were cleaning up our finished front beds…
But before I jump into that whole before & after post, I wanted to show ya what we did with our extra rocks….the rocks from the drainage ditch.
Look past the fine piece of you-know-what in the foreground and beyond the lawn mower….there’s a bunch of bushes and there is a clearing tucked inside. like a hidden garden…except it’s just a clearing 🙂
Earlier last year we planted Will’s tree near the clearing,
you can see how the tree is marking the edge of the garden bed…
So inside the clearing, we laid some more weed blocker (more thrusting included) and the extra stones from the ditch…
We also dug up all the buried bricks and started to make an edge boundary (we later nixed it because it didn’t look right with the rest of the yard).
Oh and just so you can get your bearings, there is the little vegetable garden on the side yard…
All that work and no happy ending. I know. I know. It’s coming. IT’S COMING! (that’s what she said)
So there you have it folks. And yes, it is weird to talk about the grass & landscaping & hardscaping when I have sand between my toes 🙂 Oh and thanks for the recommendations yesterday – we are definitely squeezing as much in as we possibly can – and your suggestions REALLY helped.
Back to the yard – have you guys been working outside on your spring plantings lately? Been putting anything in the ground? Any hardscaping? Or easyscaping?