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Garden Edging

13th January 2006


The pressure treated timbers we had edging the garden began to rot so it was time to replace them. We went with metal edging this time. The ability to create sweeping layouts was a big plus. This was a quick, economical, and simple garden renovation with big benefits

Recycled Landscaping

13th April 2010


Every time we complete a house there is always a lot of left over materials. I try to re-use as much as I can. First off ,you can find some interesting and unique uses for old construction materials, second it saves on dumping fees, and finally it is good for the environment (so I keep hearing).  one of our properties had an ornate but broken pot-metal outdoor lantern post in the garage. I simply cut it off and added a couple of brackets to mount the mailbox. It created an interesting and unique mailbox post.

Another property at one time had a covered porch attached to the back of the house. I assume it had blown away at one time, anyway it was no longer anywhere to be seen, however the wrought iron post where still buried in the ground.  the post where a lttle rusted and beaten up,  so i cut out 2 good sections and buried them side by side about 6 inches apart. I mounted a wooden base to the top of them and mounted the mailbox. The brick surround was made from loose brick scattered around the back yard. I head enough to edge the front flower bed as well as create a bed for the mailbox.

The edging around the tree was also created from recycled materials. The inexpensive plastic edging was new but we stapled scraps of cedar fencing around the outside to make a unique edging.

The Details

07th February 2011


Men always leave out the details.  I’ve learned that in our very busy multi-tasking environment (2 full time jobs and 2 other full time jobs) that we just do not have time for high maintenance landscape!

But I really want color and pretty!

Phlox, lavender and liriope are wonderful combinations of color and diversity.  They don’t require pruning, and rarely require much more than little bit of watering during severe drought times.  However, they produce wonderful flowers and a variety of foliage.

Pansies aren’t near as weak as their name indicates and they provide a huge amount of color from early spring to late fall!

Marigolds aren’t just your grandma’s flowers any longer.  They come in new colors and are just as hardy as a cactus!

Just a funny!

07th March 2011


When we were working on the “L street house” a  neighbor lady came over.  She introduced herself to me and I introduced myself and Dave as my fiancee.  She says, “Really? Even after all this? You still want to Marry him?”  LOL Still working on it!

Just Pics for Now

04th May 2012


Rubble Garden

24th December 2017


Several years ago on one of our remodels, we had to replace the concrete driveway. We broke into large but manageable chunks to haul off. Instead of hauling it off to a dump, I put an add in Craigslist ‘Free Concrete.’ I had 2 people come buy and load up the back of their pickups with a couple of loads. One said he wanted it to stop the erosion on his dirt drive. The other said he wanted it for stepping stones to one of his out buildings. I also got a few very strange calls checking to see if the craigslist ad was legit. A couple thought it was joke so I explained the possible uses. It turned out we had made an afternoon feature on a local radio show contest for funny and unbelievable craigslist add people post. The joke was we were just trying to get someone to haul off our debris for free. We were winning for most of the afternoon until someone submitted a post for free ‘Maple leaves, Baggged or Free Range’. In the end, I hauled off most of the drive to a house that was asking for free dirt and fill materials.

Once again, I had to break up a large concrete slab in the back yard of one or our renos. Rather than haul it to the off I decided to use it for edging along the back yard for a garden.







I used as much of the concrete as possible for the garden edging, and a bit more for a path along the back of the house leading to the deck. Even then 8 trailer loads were hauled  to the concrete recycler.  Not sure I would do this again but it was an interesting project