When we bought this house we knew that a large portion of our summer was going to be spent making the yard look the way we wanted it to. We came up with a grand master plan of where everything would be and what the finished product would look like. We then looked at what we could reasonably spend on the project THIS YEAR and came up with a plan for what we needed to do now and what could wait until later. The first things on our list were trees and a patio. The trees, according to the nursery we used, could, and should, go in before the sprinklers so we could plan around them. The patio, as we had planned it, was going to be large, so it definitely needed to be the first big project.
So here are the results so far...
|We got 3 flowering pear trees from Costco and added those to the mow strip out front. They are struggling a bit... but they were cheap, so we're hoping they won't die.|
|This is a Shademaster Honeylocust. It's in the southwest corner of the yard. These things are supposed to grow 4-5' a year, and they get up to 40' wide. We're hoping that it will be a great shade tree pretty quickly for us.|
|The black pipe that we buried in the middle is a conduit for sprinkler pipes for later. We wanted to be sure we didn't have to go around the patio when the time came to put the sprinklers in.|
|On our first day laying the pavers we did the smallest section...|
|Nolan wanted to help chisel the corners off to fit under the patio door.|
|Each section needs an inch or more of sand laid on top of the rock for the pavers to rest on. The lines you see in the sand are from the pipe you lay to level across the top of.|
|And then it's just a question of adding the pavers, one at a time...|
|And a better detail shot... There's still some sweeping to be done, but we are THRILLED with how it came out.|
One project down, 83 more to go!