Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Landscaping Progress

These photos should clear up why I haven't been blogging much.

On June 25th I took this photo of 12 tons of rock that was delivered to our home. It was a mixture of boulders about 18" square on down to rocks the size of a fist. It is fractured granite which is abundant in our area.


Same spot on September 19th. 
I moved every piece. Sometimes I rolled the biggest pieces to where I needed them or used a furniture dolly. I moved 24,000 pounds of rock. I had a vision!


One of the easiest areas was adding a rock border around the planters on the front of my house. I have some ideas about how to create a walkway in front of my porch steps which involved getting a load of gravel delivered a few days ago...you can see the edge of that pile on the right side of the photo frame. Hopefully before the snow arrives I will have tackled this area.


But most of my time was spent on the back side of the house.

Before...


After!


I made a pano photo so it is a little distorted. Underneath the deck is the dog run that is off my sewing room. We bought two metal dog kennel kits from Costco and used the premade metal fence panels to enclose the area underneath our main deck. The kits each came with a gate so we have one on each outer side of the kennel. The metal panels are secured to the house walls and deck posts. Extremely sturdy! To have a fencing company make this arrangement would have cost several thousand dollars. Each kennel kit was just under $500 so we feel like we got a deal. And it looks so nice. 

We had the kennel set up years ago but it did need some more gravel to fill it level with my other additions. A second huge pile of gravel sits on the backside of the house for that half of the yard. Kinley was with me for every minute of my landscaping work...great moral support.


A few more detail photos...the rock wasn't washed off in these photos...it had a nice layer of dirt.

First my wall of metal tub planters. The plants have grown so much this summer. I sure hope they make it through the winter in this design...big experiment!!!


Boulders filled in on the right side by me...and wooden stair frame constructed on the left side by my handyman. My husband filled the bottom five steps with cement which I really don't like. I filled the top five with gravel. (I told him to stop after he filled the first step on the bottom but he was determined to use all five bags of cement that he had purchased.) I guess I don't work well with others sometimes so that is really why I did all this rock moving by myself.


Boulders added on the downside of the stairs...


Rock filled in around the tubs and stairs.


A better shot of the kennel area.


And a huge project ahead of me...filling my tiered raised garden beds. I had my handyman make these beds also. I am going to use the hugelkulture method. Layer of cardboard...then logs...then limbs and debris like all the leaves falling off the trees. I don't think I'll add the final layer of garden soil until next spring. More details as I tackle that area.


And finally...one of my most proud moments as a mom...my son Zack was sworn into the Air Force recently. He has been selected to become an F-15 pilot with the California Air National Guard in Fresno. He has about 2 1/2 years ahead of him to get through all of his military schools and pilot training. He is pictured with one of his mentors who has guided him through the process of applying for pilot positions at Air National Guard units on the west coast. We are waiting to hear when he will leave for his first school.


Another load of boulders was delivered yesterday...this time 13 tons. Not sure I'll get that in place before the snow hits but it will be waiting for me when the snow melts next spring.

8 comments:

CecileD said...

Wow !! What an Herculean task in your garden !! But the view is amazing now ! Bravo ...you've done an incredible work !
Congrats for your son and yes...you can be proud ! :))

Calicojoan said...

Wow, that's a lot of work, but it looks great and you don't even have to pay for a gym membership! LOL!!!!!!!!

Sally said...

Wow...you are definitely my hero, Debbie. All that boulder/rock work is amazing...I love your vision! I'm a slug when it comes to yard work - I get migraines in the sun so outside stuff gets left to Mr. Wonderful. Please tell your son we thank him for his service. We were 30 years in the Navy so we understand the dedication it takes to be in the military. Of course, doing something you love, like flying, makes it all the more fun!

Suz J said...

Wow - I think we need a photo of your muscles! The property is looking beautiful, and hopefully everything survives your weather conditions. You must be so proud of your son...

Stefanie said...

And just think how pretty it will all be in the snow too,
Rock on-

Donna quilts said...

You have been busy!! And it's looking great. When you first mentioned metal tubs for planters, I thought it could be interesting. But now nestled in with your stone around them, they looked like they belong. Congratulations to your son. What an exciting future!

Natacha Davies said...

That is a big landscaping job for a do-it-yourself project. It looks so neat and professional now that it's done. I love the natural look of the rock – it really sets the house off. I am stunned that you moved those big boulders around. You obviously had an artistic vision that needed to be created.

Gladis Livingston said...

The rocks look beautiful in all the areas where you have placed them. I like the design that you have created at the back of the home. I have found that if you put a bit of sand underneath the rocks, then they will stay in place a it longer and not have as much water collect under them.

Gladis Livingston @ HDS Landscaping