That was our one and only goal this past Sunday: to get the sink installed, or at least the new plumbing in place.
What did we end up doing? Landscaping.
Lowe's didn't have the longer screws/clamps to hold the sink down that we needed, and the specialty plumbing store in town was closed on Sunday. And it was a beautiful day, if you ignored the sporatic storms that blew through.
So we got sidetracked, but that's okay. We spent the day getting our hands dirty in our first foray into landscaping. And it didn't even involve live plants. Which is good because I have a black thumb, and I'm sure all my would-be victims at the nursery are breathing sighs of relief right now.
Our plan was to build a round raised bed/tree area around our only tree in the front, adding interest and dimension to our front yard and offsetting the boxy squareness of our house. The plan is to later add alot of landscaping in a freeform shape around the front of the house and porch. But that's for another day.
So on Sunday, we picked up our supplies: 75 stones, 3 bags of paver sand, 4 bags of mulch and a roll of weed block (oh, and pins). We didn't have to buy any dirt because we had mountains of it already piled up behind our shed from unearthing the patio. Thanks, Charlie.
Steps for a raised circular bed:
1) Tie a string around the base of the tree, and use spray paint to mark the outline of the circle.
2) Dig a 3-6" deep trench around the circle, and then stomp down the dirt.
3) Pour the paver sand into the trench, making it about 1" deep. Lightly spray the sand with some water.
4) Place stones into the trench, making sure each stone is level (we had to constantly add/remove sand for this part). Place stones on top of base stones, creating the wall.
5) Line inside of wall with weed block, and then distribute dirt inside of wall circle (being carful not to get dirt on the blocks. Once the dirt is sufficently level (but sloped a little for water drainage), fold over the weed block lining and pin down. Continue covering dirt with weed block.
6) Pour in 2-3" of mulch and spread evenly.
And because I just doing side-by-side comparisons, here is the house Before when we bought it:
And the house Now:
Ahh, much better.
So, even though it took us 4-5 trips over the course of the day to-and-from Lowe's, it was a nice fun project to do outside, and makes such a big difference in our front yard! Now we can't wait until we can get outside and get the rest of our landscaping done. What about you? Have any big or small landscaping projects planned? Or are you just enjoying some beautiful Spring weather?
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