Thursday, January 29, 2015

Blocking Weeds

Every year when we return to Georgia, we find our lawns neatly mowed thanks to our good friends and neighbors who take care of them for us.  However, all around the edge of the house and garage where the mowers can't reasonably reach, we find whole trees have grown.  Also, I like to be able to get into every building without getting my feet dirty if I'm barefoot.  So we mapped out a big project and set to work.
The worst area is along the side of the little garage and in front of our workshop area on the east side of the house.  So the first step was getting it level but where it would still drain properly away from the buildings.
Next step:  Lay out black plastic to inhibit weed growth.
Then after a trip to Wally World to pick up paver stones, and bags of pebbles and bark, we set the stones out to see how they fit. 
It all looks a lot better, and should be easier to mow and keep the weeds at bay.
40 bags of mulch, 36 stepping stones, 3 bags of pebbles, one roll of black plastic, and one roll of shade cloth, and about 40 hours of labor later, we are ready for the summer growing season in Georgia!