Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Change is coming
We've decided to overhaul our backyard to be a little more user friendly. We've hired John Miranda to build new steps up and along the garage to the back alley. He's also digging up and leveling the lawn so there's a smoother transition from deck to grass.
I'm terribly excited about the project. It actually wasn't that depressing tearing out several of the plants. I moved some before he arrived and just found places for them in the front garden. They look better there, anyway. They have more room and aren't overgrown with grass. Most of the grasses, shrubs and trees were saved but I lost a few bulbs. Not too bad given the end result.
We'll gain a planting bed against the garage but lose the one along the path. That area will be replace with a wider path and a rock retaining wall. The rocks we're reusing from demoed areas. We're also reusing the slabs of concrete that made up the steps to build a platform along the back of the garage in the alley. That will provide a sturdy, even surface for our recycling, garbage and yardwaste bins.
It's crazy how fast they got that path out. Just two guys and a couple shovels and sledge hammers.