Sunday, June 9, 2019

A Geologist's Rock Garden

Finally finished this project in our backyard, after almost 2.5 years!  So I decided to stick all the pics in one place to show the beginning to end transformation.

So this is what it looked like when we moved in...
Most of the plants were already dead, aside from a honeysuckle bush that had kind of taken over--which we dug up and transplanted into a pot.  
There were a few "blackberry lilies" which we decided to pull out because...well, they look like blackberries but will make you sick, and we have a small child (and a small dog at the time).  We liked the clumpy grass so we moved it into some flower boxes between other plants.
There was an abundance of extra large flat rocks in the landscaping elsewhere around the house, so we moved them to this area.
Eventually, we got some geotextile mat (on sale at Menards for $10) and put that down to keep weeds out, and then distributed the rocks on top.
Like a giant jigsaw puzzle with no picture on the box...
And then it sat like that for probably about a year before we finally got some pea gravel at Menards (on sale, 2/$5).  It took a little less than 2 bags. I used a cup to spread them through the cracks between rocks, and then swept it with a broom to get the stragglers off the big rocks.  I think it will settle a little more with time and rain.  Glad to have this project finally "all the way" done!

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