We’re gardeners. When we moved into this house last late Fall, about all we could do was look at the existing dead lawn, brown planting beds and overgrown back yard. The lawn has been brought back, the planting beds in the front have been “gardened up” until they look great and, though we’ll make some changes next Spring when things come back from the cold weather, we’re pretty happy with what we’ve done.
The back of our 1/3 acre lot is another story. While it has a natural look with mature, if somewhat seedy shrubs on a fairly steep slope, it leaves much to be desired. There’s a level area the two previous owners left in gravel and we want a flagstone patio there.
Retaining walls, flagstone, raised flower beds are all beyond the ability of our old backs to manage, so after 40 years of do-it-myself, I’ve hired a landscaper. We have met, we have the plans, we’ve selected materials. Above is a picture of the flagstone (Variegated Pennsylvania Bluestone) we selected.
So this is Day One of what will be about a month-long process. As I type this, shrubs are being removed. Stay tuned for updates. I shot a ton of “before pictures so I’ll have before and after for later.