Front Yard Update

4 May

This is a continuation from this post.

As of last week, the yard looked like this.

As of yesterday afternoon, it looked like this.  If you click on the pictures to enlarge them you can see the differences better.

Did you ever watch Sesame Street growing up or anytime since then?  Do you remember ever hearing them play, “One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other”?

One of these things is not like the other, 
One of these things just doesn’t belong,
Can you tell which thing is not like the others
By the time I finish my song?

That’s sort of how I feel about these two pictures.  There are 5 differences and I’m not including the position of the van.
Don’t feel like playing?  That’s OK, my aching back and I will point out the differences.

1. There’s now rock in the driveway.

First the river rock arrived.

Then the rock that will cover the entire yard arrived.
You have no idea how loud this was.  Neighbors came out their front doors to see what the noise was about when these rocks were dumped.

After visiting 4 different quarries in 3 separate counties, I decided to go with Sandee’s Soil and Rock Products of Ogden.
Since all the companies I spoke to were going to charge us the same price for delivery, going with Sandee’s became a no brainer.  Why?

Presentation.
Sandee’s is the only company that had their product in any sort of order.  The product was clearly marked and clearly priced.  Plus, their office is on site with very nice, very helpful people there to answer your questions.
The other companies were nice, but their offices were no where near their quarries so trying to get pricing on a pile of rocks your standing next to was next to impossible.

So, getting back to the differences in the two pictures…

Yellow flags.  OK, this one was probably hard to see because it’s so small in the picture but it’s still a difference.  On Monday of this week the utility companies came out and marked the yard.  Since I’m digging a shallow trench for the dry riverbed we figured it needed to be done.
The gas company seems to be the only one in our yard and since it runs off to the side of the yard and in the mow strip next to the street, it won’t be an issue as I’m digging.

3.  The pavers and small evergreen bush are gone.  Since the entire yard is to be covered in rock, the pavers no longer had a purpose.   The small evergreen bush, in my opinion, needed to go away.  This was not a decision I came to lightly.  I’m actually a fan of most pines.
I believe it originally wanted to be a pine tree when it grew up but possibly due to damage or for some other unexplained reason decided to grow out rather than up so it went away.

4.  The grass along the sidewalk has been dug out.  This spot has always been the worst area of the yard for weeds with some of the thickest roots I’ve ever seen.  Since I don’t intend to plant anything new this close to the sidewalk, I also doused it with some poison.  I really don’t like using chemicals to eliminate weeds but after the weed block goes down, I really don’t want to have to fight weeds again in a week…which is about as fast as weeds seem to grow after they’ve been pulled.
Aside from the weeds, I was also trying to angle the yard a bit so the rocks meet the sidewalk and stop versus constantly rolling onto the sidewalk.

By the way…does anyone wanna buy some pavers?  We’ve got 148.5 of them if your interested.

5.  And the final difference is the start of the dry river bed.  I realize this was not an easy difference to see due to the angle of the picture from the front of the house so don’t feel bad if you didn’t see this one.

The rest of the weekend will be spent digging the dry river bed down to the sidewalk and putting down weed block.  I also need to plant some stuff in the garden so we’ll see how far I really get on the next update.

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6 Responses to “Front Yard Update”

  1. PB May 4, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    Wow!! I can assume that you are chewing the Advil?? Great job so far! I told you that you knew what you were doing!! oxoxo PB

  2. Sistah-in-Law May 5, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

    Did little Bear help? Can’t wait to see the finished product after all your hard work. You’re a wonder!!

  3. over the pond May 6, 2012 at 7:44 am #

    What a difference. It looks marvellous. Well done. I can feel that back pain over here.

  4. PB May 6, 2012 at 7:49 am #

    I should buy stock in Advil….

  5. Evil Nell May 8, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

    All I did was move Kyle’s stuff on Saturday and I still feel it. I’m sure glad you’re in MUCH better shape than I am sis! Ouch!

    I can’t wait to see this progress.

  6. mommy dearest May 9, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    where do you get your energy? My back hurts just looking at the pictures and I didn’t lift a rock!!! It is looking great If Fern were still with us, she would want to paint a flowing water scene in the water bed. Ha Ha.

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