Everything needs a little freshening up now and then and yards are no exception. A backyard makeover doesn’t have to be the entire yard–just improving parts of it will make a big difference.
At the beginning of the summer I made a list of things I wanted to fix from the front sidewalk to the back fence. I’ve made it through a lot of the items on the list–well, WE have–and I have to say, it feels good.
I’m saving the hardest tasks for last but I think that’s actually counter to the way you’re supposed to do things. I think you’re supposed to get the hard tasks on your list out of the way first so everything else seems easy. I should have done that, because what’s left hanging over my head is seriously daunting. The nice part is, it will look better around here when that list is completed and I head upstairs to make a new one. 🙂
So far, this was the most labor intensive project–new tree wells.
We have four beautiful birch trees in the back yard. Originally the trees had volcanic rock rings around them. Why? Because volcanic rock is plentiful around here and that’s what we had. Across the yard, a retaining wall for a shade garden by the house is made of them but that wall looks much better than these did. They weren’t looking good anymore at all.
Replacing them involved digging the old rocks out and chopping a LOT of roots.
We only rimmed the front of each tree and it took almost 30 stones and one bag of sand per tree. These supplies were heavy! We got such a workout moving the volcanic rock out and the stones in.
You know what they say–measure twice, cut once. It goes for yard work as well as everything else. We had to make sure we measured the correct/equal distance from the base of each tree to the highest point of each brick arch. All the dirt had to be dug and the sand loaded evenly, using a level.
This is also the kind of job that gets messier before it gets better.
This project took the entire weekend, but it was worth it. The new tree wells look terrific. We put new soil aid down and I’m pretty sure the trees are happy and enjoying their new look. I know we like it!
We spend a lot of time on our patio when the weather is warm and this update with the new tree wells cleans up the look of the entire space.
What kind of outdoor updates are you working on this summer?