May 8, 2012

Front Yard Project

In between rain showers this past week, I've started the major landscaping project of the summer.
Removing the rock from the base of the driveway all the way to the corner of the house.  It's slow, dirty work but I can't wait to get it done.  I'm very close.
Here is the final corner that needs to be finished.  You can see where I've started removing the rock.  Bucketful by bucketful.
Here you can see the top layer of rock has been removed and now I just need to dig out the embedded rock with a rake or my hands which seems to be more effective.
I started this project at the end of the driveway and you can see here what it looks like once I've removed all the rocks.

The rocks I've removed have been moved to my sisters house by the bucketful,  my arms and back are screaming at me to stop but I'm happy this stage of the project is almost completed.

The next stage will be much more fun.  Here's a breakdown of what I'll do next.

1. remove the brick along the fence and reposition them to add a planting area at the base of the driveway by the fence.
2. remove the remaining brick and relay them close to the shrubs at the top of the driveway.
3.  add top soil between the two new planting area's and spread grass seed.
4. prep the area around the existing shrubs at the top of the driveway and along the sidewalk to the front door.
5.  Add top soil and compost
6. Lay down landscape fabric
7. Plant two or three new shrubs and some perennial flowers
8.  Top all front yard garden beds with new mulch

Ta-Daaaaa!  Then I'll be done!

It seems like a lot but I think once the bricks are moved around it should go pretty fast.

Talk to you soon,


  1. Oh, that looks like a lot of work. I can tell it's going to look even prettier. We cleaned all the dirt out of our rocks a few years ago. Boy, was that a job. I wish my whole yard had mulch instead :)

  2. It's looking great ... bet you're looking forward to getting to the more fun stuff!

  3. "Ta-Daaaaa! Then I'll be done!" If you don't die from exhaustion first! It will look great when you're done though!

  4. Robin,
    That is allot of work.I know I have done all of our landscaping myself.I have allot of rocks around our house.We have a wind tunnel.I wish I could just use mulch but it never lasts a season.

  5. That is going to look soooo fabulous, Robin! What a wonderful idea! Just think of all the cals you burned and the workout you've been getting! Waaahooo! lol! :)

    xoxo laurie

  6. Looks like lots of work but it's going to be soooo great when it's done. Mimi

  7. Talk about some manual labor! Whew, it made me tired just to read about all you've done and hope to do. :) Can't wait to see it how it all turns out, Robin!


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