A few weeks ago, I showed you our front yard and the progress that we have made since we moved in three years ago. The yard was pretty neglected when we first moved in and it's been a slow process but we are finally beginning to achieve the look we had in mind.
Last weekend we finished a project that added some much needed structure to the existing flower beds. To begin with, I want to show you three pictures of the before, in progress and after.
This project was not something that I could have done myself. Luckily, I have my husband Josh who somehow knows how to do all of these things! He's really pretty amazing. So we woke up on a Saturday morning headed out to Home Depot to gather supplies and set to work.
The first step was to remove the existing bricks and dig a shallow pit about 6 inches deep.
The pit was necessary in order to level the bricks and to give space to lay a foundation of stone and sand for drainage. After the pit was dug, we began laying the paving stones. This is where it gets confusing to me and I was so thankful to have Josh's mathematical brain. We started at the lowest point and leveled it using the stone and sand.
We then placed the pavers in the pit (checking whether they were level and adjusting by adding or taking away sand) until they reached a point where the next paver was level with the ground (see picture above).
At this point, you know that you have to start a new layer of pavers. I would go back to the beginning of the wall and place pavers on top of that row all the way up to where Josh had stopped (see picture below) and we would start over again.
To finish the wall we added cap stones which were attached using a masonry adhesive. All in all, the project took us about 7 hours. It was a fun family project, even the kids got to help by spreading the sand and learning how to use the level.
Now I just need to get busy and plant some flowers with a little color to brighten everything up!
Don't forget to stop back by tomorrow when I will be continuing my series on baking with sugar substitutes and natural sugars. Tomorrow I will be researching Xyla (xylitol), a sugar substitute that is actually supposed to be good for your teeth!
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