Lanscape Projects 2009
Site of Motz Falls
    Now that the bedroom project is complete I can move outside an do some of the other things I have been wanting to do. First is to prepare the future site of the planed water feature in the back yard. I installed a plastic border to define the area. Next the grass was covered with sheet plastic and gravel. This should kill off anything under the plastic. Next year is the projected time frame for the feature construction.
Paths For Gardens
 
Grape Arbor fix
    When we returned from vacation last year the grape vines were so heavy that they almost ripped the arbor from the house and had to be propped up with a 2x4. To fix this problem I extended the arbor another 18" and added 1/2" pipe along the length of the outside to support it. Vertical supports were added and new plantings put in place at the supports. Also added a banana plant (right photo, left foreground).
Bleachers for Horse Shoe Court
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6-10-09 The gardens are just wonderful but they take a lot of work. Because of this one level was just too much to keep up with and ended up in weeds. Realizing this we agreed to turn the level into grass and I decided that it would make a great area for people to sit and watch others play horse shoes.
First it was sprayed to kill off the existing wild grasses and weeds
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6-11-09 Next... modify the existing wall and provide a step for access.
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6-13-09 A sprinkler system was necessary to water the new grass area and a border to contain it. The now dead weeds and grass are removed for a gravel path will run along the rear wall.
    After removing many buckets of weeds and wild grass, the area is ready for the addition of some new dirt and then the grass seed. These will be combined with the next project, new grass in front of the house.
    6-27-09 The combination seeding of this area and the front yard are now complete. Additional plantings and the gravel path are also installed. All I have to do now is sit back and watch the grass grow!!
   

7-5-09 Final Update to this project... One week later and the grass is up!!!

New grass area in front of house
    This is the last area to be put to grass. Had to wait till I had finished moving heavy loads to the back yard for the bedroom remodel. The wait however encouraged Mother Nature to take it back which she does very well. Have sprayed all the wild grass and weeds and will next run my roto-tiller over it in preparation for the addition of new dirt.
    After the addition of over 3 tons of new dirt the new grass seed in the front of the house and the horse shoe bleachers are both in (see above) and ready to watch grow!!
    7-5-09 Final Update to this project... One week later and the grass is up!!! Only problem...now it will have to be mowed.

    Nothing in the works for a while... This will give me a chance to clean out my shop and to do something that I have not been able to for quite some time... work on the Railroad .