Now that the warm weather is almost here, many of you are starting to think about outdoor cleanup and possibly what new outdoor projects you want to tackle this year. I have an awesome project to share with you that I completed last Spring.
This is my new and improved side yard:
Want to see the before?
Okay, you asked for it…
Yikes! Horrible wasn’t it? It was downright embarrassing!
Although in our defense, we just had a gigantic gum ball tree removed. You can see the sawdust remnants and thousands of gumballs where it stood. It was right in front of our gate. Isn’t that dumb?? We used to have to squeeze around it to get to the back yard.
Quite the transformation, don’t you think? I love sitting out here in the mornings just enjoying the quiet. Of course it doesn’t look like this right now. My hydrangeas are just waking up:)
What I love most about this area is the little circular patio. I built it from the granite stone blocks you see in the before picture!
I was inspired by this circular pattern in the gravel at a local nursery:
I thought it was so cool.
We had a ton of these granite blocks because the previous owner had also used them in the front yard.
They had very little impact before and I didn’t want to use them at all in the new landscape because I thought they were so ugly. When I was inspired by the pattern above, I was so excited that I might be able to use them after all.
I dug my hole about 3-4 inches deeper than the blocks. They were varying sizes so I used the biggest ones as my guide.
I used weed-block fabric in the base of the hole. Then I filled the hole with about 2-3 inches of sand.
As you can see I arranged my stones in a circular pattern, starting in the center and working my way to the outside.
A layer of crusher run, which is a crushed stone and available at your nursery, should be used also as base before adding sand. I did use this for my pathway, but not for this circular area as I didn’t mind if it wasn’t perfect. And actually, it has done just fine without it, probably because these stones are so heavy that they aren’t going anywhere!
Lastly, I filled in the spaces with these tiny pebbles. Pea pebbles are round and you can easily roll on them and slip. These pebbles are a bit more jagged and irregular.
You can see them a bit better in this shot. That’s my big boy, he’s such a sweetie! This was taken during our egg hunt last Easter, before any of the plants were added.
It adds a lot of interest to this area and breaks up the long pathway from the front to the back.
What do you think about the gate? I built it myself! You can check out how I built that here.
Here’s a view from the other side:
I love that I was able to create a destination out of a previously unused area of our yard.
Let’s see that transformation one more time…
And One Year Later:
It has really filled in in just one year! You can see more here.
You had a sneak peak at my back yard in the before photos, but wait until you see the after! I also have my front yard to share so be sure to come back soon!
Update: My backyard is up, and you can see it HERE now!
You can also visit my front yard now by clicking HERE.
I hope you enjoyed my recycled granite block patio project! It was labor intensive, but super simple to do. Maybe you will be inspired to create a new outdoor space too!
If you like what you see, there are several ways to follow along!