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Discussion in 'The VIP Lounge' started by Mike B, May 13, 2012.

  1. Mike B

    Mike B Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

    I was thinking about doing something with the trees in the backyard because they were overgrowing the house and I worry about limbs dropping. And the front trees needed some attention as they were headed for the cars in the driveway...

    When a guy stops by and asks me if I need any tree work done.

    Funny you should ask - :)

    The front was easy. The back not so much.



    The trees look greatnow and don't endanger the house.


    After the debris was cleared, the second project began, walkways. I had thought about doing this years ago, but the many trips to the Depot for pavers wore me out just thinking about it. Since the guy did such a nice job on the trees, I fired him up again.

    About 500 sq-ft of reclaimed red clay bricks from the front gate to my archery target, around the rear of the house and along the deck with a little landing at the junction. Which frames in a little area for some grass. Grass #2 - :)




    Dog likes it - :)


    The front of my house has a little bricked up area on both sides of the garage and the bricks have been falling out for years now, the mortar is rotten. That will be done next week.


    Today, I fixed a sprinkler pipe the guys put a hole in and I got my fountain running again.


    That truck is still parked in my front yard. I am looking forward to having it gone soon - :)
  2. Tom R S 4

    Tom R S 4 New Member War Zone Member

    Looks like quite a bit of work, Mike!
  3. Mike B

    Mike B Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

    Yeah, a few thousand.

    Traded a motor bike for the front brick work.

    That was cool. I needed to get rid of one of them - :)
  4. CJ

    CJ Bronze Member Admin War Zone Member

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    Wow, was the backyard like that for a while or were you mid-DIY? looks great. Are you going to lay sod in the back? It looks great!!!
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  5. Zak

    Zak Active Member War Zone Member

    You traded a bike for the brickwork? Nice trade Mike. The trees, paths look very nice, and I love the old bricks. So much more character.
  6. Mike B

    Mike B Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

    I seeded tall fescue in the back and it didn't last long. There is so much shade it is hard to grow grass. I'm going to seed this time with fine fescue which is the most shade tolarant. Since I have the walkways now the low traffic tolarance won't matter.

    Not all that brickwork Zak, just the front masonry work on the garage yet to be done.

    I'm not going to do anything with the side part, just leave it be. Think I'll grow a few tomatoes there, the side strip gets good sun.
  7. Mike B

    Mike B Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

    Farmer Mike

    Put in the grass seed. Scott's sun & shade mix with the starter fertilizer raked in before. Now it's all up to mother nature.


    Made good use of the rototiller attachment for the weedwacker powerhead. The thing worked better than I expected, really dug in good and didn't seem strained. I was impressed.


    Got me some tomatoes too as planned. 2 regulars and 1 cherry. Yum, garden fresh tomatoes this year.


    I ache. This farming stuff is hard work. Now drinking rum & coke to ease the pain - :)

    In a week or so, little grasses should be poking up. I'm looking forward to that, it will bring back some memories.
  8. Mike B

    Mike B Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

    Little grasses

    Nine days.


    Seemed a long time, but we have been having cool weather. Getting warmer now, so activity should improve.

    I like seeding a lawn - :)
  9. chad

    chad Well-Known Member War Zone Member Top Poster

    Wow, Mike. Very cool!
  10. Jack

    Jack Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

    Good deal Mike....must give you a sense of accomplishment.
  11. Mike B

    Mike B Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

    Yeah, it's pretty cool. Work rewarded. Brings back 20 years ago when I put in the first grass. That died. Like everything eventually.

    But grass is reborn!


    And my tomatoes are coming along nicely too.
  12. Mike B

    Mike B Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

    2 weeks

    Yeah Baby!

  13. Zak

    Zak Active Member War Zone Member

    Looking great Mike. Love the entire project.
  14. claud

    claud Well-Known Member Donor

    I have been working on my beach walkway that goes from the house to the dock. Had my carpenter replace the dock's flooring a couple of weeks ago. It has lasted from 1977 and was time to do so. Walkway is about the same age, and I am not woried about falling into the water doing the walkway. Walkway is much longer. Bought a new Dewalt circular saw from Amazon and it cuts like a champ. Next time I go down, I'll take a pic and post. I have replaced about 100 2x6x3 boards so far. Lots of bending must be good for my back- like old man yoga. I worked like a demon for two weekends and replaced the worst ones. The rest I will do at my leisure this summer.
  15. Mike B

    Mike B Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

    Had so much fun growing grass in the back, I deceided to redo the front. Not to mention having that dump truck parked on it after many years of neglect also added to it's lackluster look.

    So I fired up my guy again and he ripped out the grass and trimmed those bushes that I put in 20 years ago and never touched.


    That's a yard of sand I had delivered today, $80 worth. That front side is all clay and a little sand will help the areation and drainage.

    I'm on a roll - :)
  16. Mike B

    Mike B Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

    Back at it. The brick in the side walkway was removed and will be replaced with concrete;


    The bricks are going to replace all the crappy red lava rock which is impossible to clean on the front patio area.


    The fence is being replaced too, it's a bit rotten like the deck in back which is now stacked against the fence;


    All new redwood deck going in, the only thing we could save was the concrete pillars;


    And last but not least a concrete pad will go in the circle for the new hot tub;


    The front will be xeriscapped with a river rock garden with planter boxes for shade and drought tolerant plants.
  17. Mike B

    Mike B Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

    Forms in and mesh down, cement truck will be here tomorrow at 7 AM. Lot to lay down too;


    Hot tub pad and walkway


    Backyard sidewalk


    Little area between house and deck walk that used to be dirt


    Posts in, base boards in and sand in to float paver bricks. The guys were meticulous with those baseboards, took them a long time. They didn't just nail the stuff together like all the other fence guys I've used. I took a look and told them they built fences like cabinet makers;

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  18. Dan Driscoll

    Dan Driscoll HTT Refugee Donor War Zone Member

    Looking good! :)
  19. Mike B

    Mike B Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster


    The guys arrived at 6:30 it was still dark outside. I shut in the dog and opened the gate and moved my car so the pump would have access. The cement truck arrived at 7. Everything was done and gone by 2. What a difference a day makes;


    Hot tub pad and walkway


    That little strip


    Sidewalk. And now I even have a front sidewalk to the backyard!


    It's going to be a joy dragging the yard waste toter to the back yard now. No more hitting ruts and falling over. No more weeds growing through the bricks and no more gopher problems - :)
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  20. Randy Rhoton

    Randy Rhoton Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member

    no more gopher problems ;)


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