As I’m writing this, I’ve got the song “I’ve been working on the railroad” going through my head. Not sure exactly why, except that “working on the walkway” fits.
I didn’t know that I was going to do this until I started. I knew I was going to do something – either work on the walkway or the rock wall in front of the house. This seemed much easier! The plan for today (yesterday) is the “sink” the telephone poles in the ground and get the river rock in place. Not that hard to do!
Rather easy! It helps that I already have the poles in place where I want to put them. Just move them and start digging. The ground is marked because they’ve been in place for awhile.
The trench is dug and one pole is in place. It would’ve probably been easier if I had been able to do all of it at once, but…I can only do so much at a time. With having some time off from work, I’ve been able to do more in a relatively short period of time. Could I put the money towards something else? Of course, but I’ve been working on this for a couple of years (since before my dad passed away). So, I get done what I can when I can.
Notice, in the photo above, how the grass has died off? That’s the marking I was talking about. Just dig all that out from the outer edge of the dead grass to the rocks…you’re done!
Both poles are in place and rock where I need it. The grass in the foreground is harder to dig out…it’s closer to the driveway and is full of gravel. Actually, the driveway used to go to about the edge of the first pole…grass has just taken over.
I had two bags of rock left after filling in around the poles, so I dug out between the flower pot (with a dead grape vine in it!) and the garden/steps. I had seven bags to start the project.
It didn’t take very long to get this done…about two and a half wheelbarrow loads, two hours. I would’ve kept going, but all the rock is gone. Slow and steady wins the race, right?
Yeah, I know I need to replace the bottom riser on the steps to the deck. Maybe I can get my boyfriend to help me with that…at least cut a board down to size. I can put it in place!
I watered the rock…yeah I know, watering rocks? I could’ve just let nature take care of it, but I like to rinse the sand plus, I wanted to make sure the water runs off and doesn’t pool anywhere. That’s the whole purpose of doing this.
As I was watering the rocks, I noticed some not so happy ants. And, of course, I had to take pictures! They’re were ants in the picture above with the end of the pole in it, but you can’t really see them (my camera focused on the pole instead of the ants).
Why use river rock? Well, I think it’s aesthetically pleasing, easy on bare feet (uh, I don’t wear shoes unless I have to), and helps with erosion. I could use mulch – but for the reasons listed above it wouldn’t be very good. How much mulch would be tracked into the house?! It wouldn’t feel very good on bare feet, and I would have to replace it (the mulch) every couple of years (if not sooner). With rock, I can leave it! If it settles, which I’m sure it will, just add more rock.
I could pour concrete, but with the slope towards the deck…doesn’t seem very practical to me. Or as pretty. If weeds start to grow, I will pour vinegar on it. ( I read somewhere that you can mix vinegar with dish soap, works better than just plain vinegar. I will have to get the recipe and try it! Also, cornmeal kills weeds…we shall see!!)
Anyway, that’s about all I have for today! Here’s some flower/abstract picture I took recently… (yesterday)
And I will leave you with this…
Until next time…
“Do not feel sorry for your tears as rocks never regret the waterfalls.”
– Munia Khan
“It is not what you look at that matters it is what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau
(My boyfriend and I are going sometime over the weekend to get more mulch, so I’m sure I will post about it!)