Front Yard
2013 Year in Review – Part 2: The Side Yard

2013 Year in Review – Part 2: The Side Yard

2013 Year in Review - Part 1: The Front Yard

2013 Year in Review – Part 1: The Front Yard

It has been over a year since I posted any progress of our landscaping projects. This is primarily because we put so much exhausting work into our projects each weekend I couldn’t bring myself to sit in front of a computer and write about it. I just wanted to move on to the next project....
2012 Yard in Review

2012 Yard in Review

2012 has been a big year for the ol’ landscaping project. We pretty much finished the fence around the property and completed the majority of the hardscaping in the front yard. Here’s a little walk through of the yard to see everything in context. In total the fence spans almost 175 feet, including the sections...
More raised beds = more food

More raised beds = more food

We have wanted to move our food growing operation to the front yard ever since we removed the two trees which kept our front yard in almost constant shade during the growing season. Now that I finished the flagstone path, it’s time to build a few more raised beds and move the farm to the...
A New Path

A New Path

Ahhhh, my first big yard project of 2012. It has been many months since my last noteworthy homeowner project and this one is a doosey: A flagstone path and steps up to the front patio. It took 3 full weekends to actually complete the work and many, many hours of preparation, looking for inspiration photos,...
The Smothering Begins

The Smothering Begins

Since the removal of the two large trees in our front parking strip, the front yard now receives full sun for around 8 – 9 hours. Before this, we only had a small strip in the backyard that received full sun for about half the day, which is where we placed two small raised beds....
Finally, it's a front yard

Finally, it’s a front yard

Our goal for 4th of July weekend was to finish the fence, build a small dry stack rock wall to hold back the dirt and do some planting. Here’s where we started: First up: borrow a friend’s truck and head out to Boring Bark and Landscape Materials in Boring Oregon. They’ve got a great selection...
Learning to fence

Learning to fence

Before we get into the photos, let it be known that this fence took almost three weeks of evenings and weekends to build. This series of photos makes it looks like it took two full days, but nope. Luckily we had a design to work with because we were matching our fence we had built...
A Major Milestone

A Major Milestone

This past week we hit a major milestone in the front yard. The sidewalk was poured, we back-filled a ton of dirt in the parking strip and we planted our new Paperbark Maples. Last Tuesday we came to the realization that at the rate we were going it would be a month until we got...
Stumps be gone

Stumps be gone

We spent the last week collecting bids from more stump grinders because the guy we had come out a couple weeks ago just didn’t have the right equipment and didn’t get very far. It took him two days to get the stumps down 8″. Last night, Roger from Treescapes (971-235-0674) came by and said he’d...
They don't call it Stumptown for nuthin'

They don’t call it Stumptown for nuthin’

Alright, with all that pesky sidewalk out of the way and the stumps gone I can level out the dirt and build my concrete forms. Oh, hold up. What’s this, a python? No, it’s a root. Of course, 70 ft trees would have large roots. That makes sense. Whoa. WHOA! There were plenty more where...
Spare a square of concrete

Spare a square of concrete

A couple weeks ago I finished knocking out most of the sidewalk and brought in a guy to grind the huge catalpa stumps. There was just one last stubborn section of sidewalk connected to the entire wheelchair accessible corner slab the city put in last year. I didn’t want to just start hacking at it...