Damaged Walkway

Last year, husband put in a walkway using flagstones, sand, and breeze (photos of it here).  Last week, the sand and breeze got washed away by the rainstorm that lasted all evening and through the night (the family even hid under the basement stairs for awhile during the tornado sirens).  We’re now getting an assessment on putting in a new (permanent) walkway.  The sand and breeze will be hard to clean up.

I took these photos this morning.  It was a little chilly. 🙂


Backyard Finally Done!

Our backyard is finally done.  To see the before photos with similar views of the images above, go here.

Here are more before and after:

The grass does look a little funny with the two colors but it’s because they were from two different harvest. One was harvested before the other.  They are the same grass so eventually the yellowish green parts will turn green with all the watering that husband’s been doing (well, that is what we hope).

Husband just has a bit of walkway to finish + a bit of river rock up the side of the house and that’s about it for the hard labor.  We will be creating a small area for herbs and a vegetable garden.  I’m not sure if I can really grow a veggie garden but I will give it a try next spring.  We also have a couple of trees to put up and some Xeriscape plants and bushes.  I also really want some raspberry bushes on the side of our house.

Wanna See River Rocks?

I finally got the rock photos cropped and posted! Husband has only used about 25% of the rocks in the backyard and it’s almost completely covered. I wonder if we ordered too much.

Kylie is plugging her ears running down to where her dad was standing.  It was really loud.

See the rocks on the grass to the left?  We had to move that off because the sprinkler was under there.  It was serious labor.

Kylie wanted to help really bad so she grabbed for the cones and put them in their rightful places so that cars coming through won’t run into the rocks.

Lots of rocks!

Kylie also wanted to help move the rocks away from the sprinkler and the grass.

Her labor was not forced, I promise.

Trenching the Yard

[8.2011: Kylie doing a balancing act]

The backyard landscaping is moving along slowly but it’s starting to take shape.  I could almost see what it’ll end up looking like.  Husband and my father-in-law (FIL) trenched the yard a couple of weeks ago for the sprinkler system.  Man, that was serious labor.

This machine looks very innocent but it’s extremely heavy and difficult to push.  Husband said that bringing this machine (a rental from Lowe’s) down the hill to our backyard wasn’t so bad but pushing it up the hill was dreadful.  I’m just glad this is a one time thing.  Imagine having to do this as a job!

As I type, husband and FIL are laying down tarp and rocks.  I should have photos coming soon.

Btw, we planted our first tree in the backyard: a ponderosa pine.