Interlude: what am I doing now?

It’s summer, and we’re finally getting some nice days after six weeks of rain and the wettest May on record. So I’ve abandoned inside projects and am working on outside ones, as well as trying to manage weeds, garden, and lawns. The following two projects are not ones I’m going to post how-tos about, since they are relatively simple and there’s plenty of info online on how to go about them. I’m only going to post updates and make the point that you – by yourself – can do these things if I can do them!

First, I’m slowly laying pavers to replace the old wooden deck I removed over the winter. I’m using Rumblestone Greystone in three sizes (rectangle, square, and mini) to create a pattern. I already had sand so I got to skip the steps where you excavate and add sand for a base. I have, however, added a few bags of base where the dogs dug holes and I’m putting down a thin layer of new paver sand under the stones as I go. I’m doing sixty stones at a time.

The plan is to get the pavers down, add an edge of different colored brick, possibly with a garden edging to hold them firmly, add polymeric sand to set everything, then seal the whole thing for smoothness and durability. I’ll post updates as I complete each step:

Paver pattern

Rumblestone pavers1

Yes, those are pajama bottoms. No, those are not Crocs (I don’t think!). They are my ‘garden shoes’!

Another project I’ve been working on is choosing and placing vegetation along the back fence to provide more privacy. Although I have a six-foot privacy fence, the back neighbors’ entrances are raised and therefore they are able to see into the back yard (and my dogs are able to see them) as they go in and out. I chose these Cotoneasters (Peking variety) which in this area will supposedly get up to ten feet tall. They remain bushy but can be trimmed to shape as you wish. They are also fast growing and hardy in this climate.

I put three of them in and will likely get three more, possibly others in the future. I will update with their growth and how well they do at creating more privacy:

Privacy shrub

Cotoneaster Peking, about two feet tall

These three are about two feet tall and two feet wide and cost $35.00 each (except they were on sale, so it was closer to $30.00). I also bought some soil amendment for the holes and a root stimulator.

More updates as I complete things!