Spring is slowly coming around, and we have started what I expect to be a long landscaping process. We were lucky and tossed down some sod in the fall which survived through the winter, despite a pesky raccoon that would pull up the sod to get at the grubs underneath.
Now it is time for some of the hardscaping.
We went with interlocking stone in a grey mix with a dark grey mix trim. The stone has a tumbled look and we chose a random interlocking pattern.
As always, April brought strange weather in Toronto and we had to wait a while before we began, but eventually our stone was delivered. They took about a week and a half to get all the stones laid out.
I love how the trim goes all along the edges in a continuous way. When it curves around the front steps and the the side of the house it looks beautiful.
We got a matching grey colour for the side entry stair. Originally the stair was a bit wider but since we will have to cart bikes and lawnmowers up the side, we made it smaller for convenience.
The interlocking goes all the way up the north side of the house. With the change in grading we created steps along the side.
We also decided to bury the downspout so it didn’t have to sit on top of our interlocking stone. It funnels into a swale, except it’s not really a swale, it’s just a little hole for the water to drain back into the soil. I hope to do some landscaping around the hole, which we filled with river rock. I am thinking a natural looking patch of landscaping to blend into grass, wild flowers and other native plants.
Mark’s nona is big on gardening, and she was ready to share some of her many plants. I have no idea what I’m doing with gardening; since Mark is well seasoned, he is showing me the ropes. He planted his grandmother’s flowers and they have been taking off. I’m sure there will be more to come.
Next up will be building a wooden fence along the south side and back of the yard to replace the chain link fence. I plan to rejuvenate the existing wooden fence on the north side and then stain everything. In preparation of that, Mark started to hack away some branches and bushes that will need to be removed to put in fence posts. The stumps will also need to be removed and we scheduled locates for our gas lines etc. so we don’t accidentally hit anything while building our fence posts.
Now that we have a deck and what feels like a backyard (we have yet to get patio furniture) we put together a BBQ Mark’s parents gifted to us and have put it to good use.
Last summer, we came across this little guy. We found in him Detroit at the farmers market and he has been doing a great job guarding our front door. Now that we have a driveway, its looks a little more homey.