And here's the finished product. Please excuse the Frankenstein grass in the foreground. It will fill in. And that pile of mulch is on the way out. Those wires you see are Christmas lights on the verge of being hung.
|The arbor was originally meant for the back yard, but it looked too good up front to deny. We tried about 40 different brick patterns for the path that failed miserably, but eventually found one that worked.|
And here's the work in progress.
We started by ripping out all the old plants and brick boarder. All our neighbors (who employ gardeners) thought we were crazy.
That included the small tree in front of the gate that made moving the garbage cans a hassle.
In the process I might have broken a sprinkler line, which ate a day of potential work.
We also relocated a sprinkler to the corner, since we were doing PVC work anyway.
One of the nicest changes was to the brick wall. We picked up some concrete stain and Chrissy applied two coats, completely transforming the mismatched blocks into a cohesive chocolate colored wall.
|The trusty dead blow hammer proved its worth yet again. The right tool is always a bigger hammer.|
It was a lot of work, but we are really pleased with the way it turned out. The biggest challenge was working around our busy weekend schedule and early sunsets after work.
This further proves that if you want to tackle a project, you should just jump in. If you work hard, it will turn out great.
Here's one more before and after shot.