Well, it's been absolutely beautiful since last Saturday. We had a nice visit from my parents and put work on hold aside from hanging Luke's new swing which is a nice twist on the classic tire swing. It is absolutely perfect for younger kids.
But, as soon as my parents left on Sunday the break was over - we busted out the hedge trimmers and lawn mower and it's been non-stop ever since. With sunshine in the forecast for a few days in a row I decided to tackle the eyesore outside. A week or so ago we moved our power from overhead to underground and the electrical company who ran the line underground left us with a 75 foot long trench right smack dab in the middle of our yard.
After I got over the initial shock of the big dirt river flowing through our yard I realized that this was a total blessing in disguise. I've been planning to put in a meandering pea gravel walkway in this very area and with it already dug up, all the hard work was done! It also gave me a good excuse to get this project done sooner rather than later. (I'm sure the hubs probably would have wanted to put it off.)
A few months back, I was searching for some budget friendly landscaping designs and I came across these incredibly helpful tips which made me realize that a pea gravel path would be the biggest bang for our buck. I really love how natural it looks and how little upkeep it would be. And when I happened upon this AMAZING garden from Trädgårdsflow (a Swedish blog) I was sold!
Once I had the okay from Josh and a few sunny days in my future, I drove to Home Depot and picked up my supplies for our 55 foot long meandering pathway, while Josh picked up a load of pea gravel from our local landscaping rock store.
- Two 60 foot long packages of Vigoro lawn trim
- Three packages of Valley View lawn trim stakes (they recommend putting the stakes in every 4 to 6 feet)
- One package of Easy Gardener Weedblock 3ftx100ft landscaping fabric
- JB Sun & Shade Grass seed for replanting non-pathway areas
Once the lawn trim was in place, I leveled out the ground both inside and outside the pathway.
With the ground level, I started to lay the landscaping fabric. It was a bit windy so I worked in small batches...lay fabric, spread rock, lay fabric, spread rock.
With the rock in place it was starting to look more like a pathway. I spread the grass seed and gave everything a good soak.
After two days of hard work, I think I'll take a break from any manual labor for a little while. This lady needs some of that Lemon Sugar Scrub and a hot tub. Hmm, Mother's Day IS coming up. A girl can dream...