With a few days off between leaving my job at the store and starting my position at the Liverpool Public Library, I decided to tackle two of the backyard projects that have been sitting on my spring list.
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The landing area at the bottom of the steps leading down from our screened porch and the should-be-flat space under the grill to protect the lawn have both been bothering me since last summer.
Simply put, my original approaches to handle the areas just looked awful.
And I figured I could solve both dilemmas with a similar solution. I got the idea while working register at the store and cashing out folks who’d purchased some nice-looking decorative garden stone.
My dear wife Karen listened to my plan, which included bags of dirt to further level the ground in both locations before laying the new stone.
I shopped and bought at the store, after happily talking to my former boss in paint and a couple other former colleagues/now friends.
I worked hard with wheelbarrow, shovel and sweat equity, trying to get both areas just right.
I think the stones under the steps, with their several inches of height, add a lot to both the aesthetics and practicality of the yard.
Midway through the grill portion of the work load, I decided the initial three-wide approach wouldn’t work. It was too hard to get all the stones to sit level. Two-by-two sat nearly perfectly, though.
I still have work to do scrubbing the stain from the front of the grill. That, I believe, is from rain hitting the chain I bought to secure the handle, which broke off from where the manufacturer had mounted it.
Karen said she’d work on removing the dirt from the sides, to use it in various places in her gardening. She also wants the two extra stones to pretty up the backyard butterfly garden, near the bird bath we bought at the craft fair.
Yup. Nice start.
What projects are on your list? What projects have you completed? How would you have handled the steps and the grill?