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Monday, July 11, 2011

Landscaping The Backyard {part 1}…

61 degrees outside - 12:12pm - cloudy...

We are up to our ears in projects around the house, one of which is laying out the backyard.  We only have a few months of the year where the ground is dry enough to move around so we are taking full advantage of the dry weather right now.  Over the weekend Tony spent the first parts of the day cutting firewood and the later parts of the day laying out the backyard.

The plan for the backyard --- you will step out the double doors onto the back patio, which will be 40’ wide x 16’ deep.  Off the patio there will be a 50’ wide x 14’ deep flower bed that will have an 8’ wide walkway down the 4’ slope to the grassy 50’x50’ backyard, which will also be surrounded by flower beds on three sides.

Now that we have established the size of the yard and laid out the location and size of the flowerbeds, which are marked with spray paint, we now can start placing some of the boulders around in the flowerbeds. 

Just thinking about barbecuing out on our back patio with family and friends, with a lush green lawn, blooming flowerbeds and a picturesque view gets me very excited... I just can't wait for it all to be done!

To be continued…

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