Thursday, June 25, 2015

Building a Backyard From Scratch: Gravel, Brick, and More River Rock

Greetings and happy Thursday!

When we last left off in our building a backyard posts, we had just built some river rock beds to house our cactus plants. 

A month ago or so, we had a section of our outside brick repaired, and this resulted in having a lot of extra brick. Brendan used that to create edging for what will eventually be filled in with sod (pictures in a minute). The next step was covering the weed barrier with some gravel.

We ordered gravel and it got dumbed in the front driveway on Monday. It is pink gravel, but as you can see, it arrived filthy. Brendan filled the wheelbarrow with it and moved it to the backyard, while I used a rake to spread it out.

This photo shows the brick edging that Brendan completed last month. Where the black weed guard currently is, we will fill in with sod in the fall. 

Once we washed off the gravel, the pinkish color started to appear: 

Brendan has spent TONS of time in the yard making sure that the gravel is covering the weed barrier. He also had his work cut out for him needing to dig a trench in front of the back gate and fill it in with river rock so that the gate will not get suck (since our backyard slopes, this could become a problem if we don't correct it now). In the photo below, you can also see the starts of a new cactus river rock bed. 

Our other beds and plants are doing well.

Brendan also had to uncover the flagstone path, since the gravel load originally covered it.

So much work has gone into our backyard, but we are starting to really appreciate the overall effect. Our next goals are sod and trees, but that will probably be in the fall when it gets a little cooler! 

We have been staying busy this week with workouts, socializing, and being here to wait for home repair people. Brendan is off to work today to conduct some interviews, and I have a goal to clean up the house and my car! 

Have a great Thursday everyone! 

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