The Path We Had Put Off

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August 19, 2012 by stpaulhaus

My mother-in-law’s birthday present:

There was originally a old, crumbling concrete sidewalk here that we removed last summer.  My mother-in-law had thrown down some grass seed in the mean time which grew in nicely.  I wish I had a photo of the before, but this is the best I could do.  I just threw them in the general area to get an idea of what it would look like.  I didn’t have the camera with that night.    I picked up the stones, “Yorkstone”  from Menards last weekend during their 11% off sale.  These are some very heavy duty patio stones at 16x24in  made of wetcast concrete.


Before we started digging, we measured out where we wanted them to sit with stakes and a string line.  Adrian and his brother laid the stones and leveled them.  I pulled up and placed the sod.

Thank you Dusty for the couple hours of manual labor!  We were able to finish the rest in one day.  I think it was a total of 6 hrs from start to finish. Here is Adrian when we were about halfway done.

Here all the stone are in place and level.

After they were down I started fulling all the spaces in-between the stones with sod that I had salvaged.  At this point we decided to go with grass because it is easy, and free. The stones are level with the surrounding grass so it can be mowed over easily.  If it doesnt work out, it wouldnt be hard to replace with something else later such as mulch, river rock, or ground cover like woolly moss.

We threw all the left over soil into the flower bed.  Luck for us, the beds are low and were in need of more top soil so we had some place to put everything.  If you plan to take on something like this it is a good idea to lay out a tarp and toss the extra sod and soil onto that for easier clean up.   We ran out of time to take care of the bed yesterday, so we left it like this…

Soon enough.  Also while I was out there I thought I would snap a couple of shots of  the mother-in-law’s garden.  She has a lovely garden, even at the end of the summer things are still in bloom.

Luckily, we only had one casualty…

I can’t wait to see how it turns out once the grass takes hold and the bed is cleaned up. Already looks wonderful.


On a separate note,  My front yard flower bed still looks like this:

Still haven’t gotten to organizing and restacking this retaining wall.  But I did pick up these little guys at Menards for $1 each…

I laid them out so you can get an idea of where I plan to put them.  They will eventually get measured and set properly so they are perfectly straight.

You may also have noticed that the house next door is for sale.  Finally!  This house has been peopleless for the past 3 years.  The company that owns it has been renovating it slowly over that time and I finally finished it off and put it on the market.  It is a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom home with a large den/walk-in closet.  Although on the small side, this quaint place has been completely remodeled top to bottom. So jealous of that gorgeous front porch.  Looking forward to meeting the lucky family that gets to call this place home.

What projects did you do around your house this weekend?

Update: My mother-in-law was quick to correct me that the concrete sidewalk was actually where the flower bed in now.  It was along side the house.  When we removed it, she started putting flowers down in its place. She did not have to put down any grass seed.  Woops! 


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