Gneiss House

Low-pressure home metamorphism

Yard attack 2: Bricks and stones

Through the magic of craigslist, I was able to acquire nearly a third of a pallet of flagstone, about twenty largish blocks of local schist, and ten 8-foot sections of minimally rusted, salvaged, wrought iron fencing. I accumulated other pieces of stone for the yard from waste piles at work (a perk of being a geologist), and liberated brick pavers from now-unnecessary borders around my yard. I also obtained an iron and wood outdoor bench off craigslist, and repainted it red, and purchased an iron bistro table, patio umbrella, and solar lighting. Once most of the gravel had finally been removed and I had loosened some of the packed soil, I began installing stone paths and garden beds:

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Bench and new stone path, with small pile of remaining gravel to the left.

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Main flagstone path immediately after installation. Patio area to the left still contains gravel.

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Primary stone path, viewed from the back of the yard.

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Main stone path continuing toward the back steps and driveway. While the majority of the side yard was rather sterile and filled with gravel by the previous homeowner, this area is so densely planted that it’s like trying to manage a (beautiful) waist-deep jungle.

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Rear steps down to the driveway. These replaced unstable, unopened bags of gravel.

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Final stone path installation in what used to be the patio area, with new raised double keyhole garden beds.

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Raised, double keyhole garden beds

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New patio area, with new iron bistro set, patio umbrella, and solar lighting.

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Looking back at the yard from the rear driveway area, after full stone path and garden bed installation.

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Stones installed to shore up the eroding slope

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Stone installation to shore up eroding slope, following tree removal.

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Author: Lumberjack Lynne

Geologist by trade, redesigning my little piece of property so it's greener, friendlier, and my very own.

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