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baby steps in the backyard

Comment ♥ May 7, 04:54 AM

The backyard is coming along nicely. Slowly, but nicely. Over last weekend, we stained the fence and started building the small patio outside of the living room. We cleared the ground, removed the little concrete slab, and then filled the area with 4-5” of gravel and 2” of sand. Then we spent a day figuring out how to arrange all the paving stones in the correct ‘random’ pattern.

We still have to rent a masonry saw to trim the end pieces, and then brush sand between the stones. And then comes the planting. There’s about a foot-and-a-half of space where I want to…do something? I know nothing about plants and gardening. I want the area to fill up with lots of lush greenery but I have no idea what I’m doing. I’m afraid that whatever I end up planting there is going to be looking pretty tragic in a few months.

Our yard isn’t quite as small as it seems in the picture, but our house is at a weird angle on the lot, so there is only about 8’ of space between the back of the house and the back fence. The rest of the yard is off the side and we still have to plan what we’re doing with that. We will probably just lay down sod for this year and deal with making it fancy next spring. You know, after we come into a million dollar inheritance or something.

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