On May 7, 1992, exactly twenty-five years ago TODAY, construction began on this house. There wasn’t a tree in sight back then on this property, and I was desperate for some shade. Sometimes you finally get what you asked for.
Then you have other issues to deal with. See how the grass was struggling in this spot a few years back?
I got tired of laying sod again and again only to have it die because there wasn’t enough sun. So I gave up. By the time I had come up with a new plan, there was so little remaining grass that it didn’t take me long to get to this point.
I ordered a bunch of decomposed granite, had it delivered to my house, and then began the task of hauling it one wheelbarrow at a time into the backyard. The day I did this project the heat index was over 100. I knew I should have waited for a break in the heat–it was mid-September at the time–but I’m not the most patient person there is.
A few buckets of sweat later I had this.
The fire pit was a gift from my daughter and son-in-law, and the chairs I purchased from Lowe’s. I chose dark brown ones because I wanted them to blend in.
I probably should have laid down some landscape fabric first, but did I mention I’m not very patient?
The biggest issue I’ve had with the granite (other than my grandson throwing it) is that leaves and twigs do collect in it. That’s what a blower is for, though.
Before his second birthday party back in November, which we held here at my house, I brought in some pots of pansies.
I also strung up some outdoor lights. They’re a little janky, but it was the best I could do with the only ladder I had. I’ll add another string or two later and re-do them.
I don’t actually use the fire pit that often, but it’s nice to be able to build a fire in cooler weather when people come over.
Take THAT, shade. You only thought you’d beat me.