Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Front yard starts soon, back yard poking along

Here is a couple photos stitched together (sorry, not the best result ever) showing the, um, "raw" nature of the front yard. In general, the disked area will be lawn and the weedy areas will be planter areas. The landscapers should start their work soon, maybe in the next few days.

I have been working on putting in all the weedblock fabric in planter areas. After that comes driplines. Then bark and rock. Then maybe we get to sit back for 10 years and wait for the trees to mature. :)

Friday, June 20, 2008

They have finished the backyard

You can see the trees have been planted and staked. they did a final tilling of the soil and smoothed it out.

There is the stack of "rubber" bark (shredded tires, I think) for the play area. We need to build a play structure and get it in, then we can add the rubber bark. It is going to be in the pinched oval shape behind the closest tree in the photo above.
The square area right behind the play area is where the sandbox is going to be.
We have a couple more trees to plant, then I need to put down the landscape (weedblock) fabric, then we need to spread some bark.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

We have grass!

The grass is in! Looks so much better with grass than dirt and weeds. They are to be finished tomorrow with the backyard (for their scope of work - I will still have lots to do). Tomorrow they are planting the trees and doing touch-up work. We are thinking of having them also do some work in the front yard as well, given their level of service. We'll have to talk about that and see if we want to proceed that way....

Monday, June 16, 2008

Getting there....

So here is our new side patio and garden boxes in the side yard. I built the boxes with redwood and went overboard with the brackets, but they will NOT come apart like others I have seen.

You can see here that the sprinklers are in for the lawn, PVC is stubbed up in planters for me to run dripline later, the concrete mow strips are in, and the Benda-board is mostly in for the pathways. Sod should be in the next couple days, and a few new trees as well. We also bought some trees on our own to save with costs and we will put those in as soon as they are ready for us to do so.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Back yard work begins!

This may only have spotty updates, but there is some work going on around the house.
We have started work on the backyard. Here is the before picture from earlier this year:

And here is what it looked like today after work was done:

I had sprayed Roundup to kill all the weeds last week. The contractor disked the entire back yard area and imported soil for some landscape mounds. They also started trenching for sprinklers. Hopefully all the work will be complete in 2 to 3 weeks!