* Removed old patio
* Created new shrub beds
* Recycled old pavers from patio to create walkway.
* Planted shrubs and perennials
* Installed (with 5 friends for lifting the stones) natural stone steps and stone retaining wall
* planted grass
We bought the property in the winter of 2014. After the snow melted, I waited expectantly to see what plants would emerge. To my dismay, the only plants that came up were Japanese knotweed. This spring I decided to turn this under utilized dirt patch into something spectacular. After a lot of trips to the local green house and some help from my friends I was able to create a hidden guardian oasis for us to enjoy on these beautiful summer days.
I am most proud of the steps. When the stones arrived they were much bigger than I remembered them being in the stone yard. Fortunately for me, I have a few friends willing to work for beer. Using straps and pry bars we were able to inch them into place. The steps bring a nice rustic feel to this city garden. (The also had the added benefit of stopped my gravel driveway from washing into my backyard during rain storms. )