About a month ago my step-dad, Tim very generously offered to re-landscape our backyard for us. We are still overwhelmed by the generosity! Each weekend he and Grant have been working non-stop back there. We've had help from other family and friends as well as Mom and I when we aren't on baby duty. You can see our little mascot for the project above...she's showing off the main patio pavers.
These are the before pictures..a big weedy, overgrown jungle. This one is looking toward the backyard from the house.
To the right from the house
Looking back toward the house from the back of the yard
Also from the back looking across the yard
Step one: Tear (almost) every bit of vegetation out. A LOT OF WORK!
There was so much yard debris it all had to go in a dumpster!
The mascot likes grapes.
To be sure it would all fit we had to gather the vegetation and then mom and I cut it up as we added it to the bin.
After all the big stuff, the boys started removing all the grass. Heavy work!
Huge progress! This is still the first weekend!
Chopping with a sleeping babe.
The yard became a dust pit! Can you believe the difference?! Think about all the green in the before pictures...now its all brown!
Step two: Til soil and remove 1 million rocks to level places for patios.
They did that and then dug a few inches down to get the area ready for patio pavers.
They also dug a little trench for a retaining wall because the back part of the yard (where we want grass) slopes up quite a bit.
Weekend number two...build retaining wall and lay two large patios...
Olive and Baby cakes were his trusty assistants.
Next up...pressure washing fences, sidewalks, house and making use of all the rocks in a french drain! We are a few weekends ahead of this so I'll do anohter post or two soon!