When we bought our house, we felt as if we got a great deal, and we think one of the reasons was the backyard. The backyard didn’t have grass anywhere. It was what you would call a nightmare. The previous owner had taken out all the grass and put down little pebble stones and some circle zen gardens (use that term loosely). I used some of the rocks for a wet-shoes project you can read about here. While I am sure the previous owner loved his yard, it wasn’t going to work for us. We wanted to have grass for our puppy, and I just love the look of green in the yard. I am from Kentucky, the Bluegrass State, and we like our grass. The previous owner had a weird patio right in the middle of the yard, and it visually interupted the view and really made the backyard seem smaller than it is. It had to go.
Mr. Spring and I decided we needed to make a change to make it ours. We knew it would be a lot of hard work, but the payoff would be great. We both keep thinking about grilling out on our new patio, having a summer cocktail, and playing with our new puppy, who arrives next week-end. But the dreams have to be put on the back burner for now, because we have a lot of work to do. Here are some of the before pictures:
Here you can see one of the zen gardens covered with snow. That was a common site for us this winter since we had one of the worst winters on record. We sold the picnic table you see there that the owner left, and we decided we will buy new patio furniture.
We were so excited to get started. Before we took this photo, we moved some things around and cut down stray branches. Here you can see the rocks and part of one of the zen gardens.
We brought out the fire pit to help keep us warm because when we started removing rocks, it was still very cold outside. We knew the project was going to take many hours, so, when we had some time, we shoveled away and moved the huge rocks that were around the zen gardens.