Follow Up to Back Yard Make Over (with Pics)
Three years ago, I came to this message board asking for help as I had no idea where to start with this yard. I just wanted to cry because I had no idea what to do or how to go about doing it.
This is a view facing southeast.
This is a view facing northwest
This is on the south side, looking west.
After receiving encouragement from members of this message board, I just started doing. It took me three years to get it done because of money. I first began by having a sidewalk and concrete patio poured because I wanted to cut down on the amount of grass I had to take care of. The second year I wanted to have another sidewalk poured on the other side of the patio, and while the owner of the company was here to give me an estimate, we decided to do another patio so I could have a fire pit sit on it. I also had an irrigation system installed, but for the past year, I didn't have the zones in the back yard turned on as all that was back there was dirt and weeds. This spring I had sod installed, and now I am finished with it. I am very happy with what I have created. I wish I had the money to have it professionally done with wonderful hardscapes, but I still enjoy my back yard. Before, I never went out there, except to let the dogs out. Now, I am back there all of the time. Here are some after photos. Most of them are right after the sod was installed so the grass is not as green as it is 4 months later.
This is the first sidewalk I installed (south side), looking west.
This is standing on the first sidewalk poured, looking east. In the rectangular area that concrete pavers (turned on their sides) are sectioning off is an herb garden. i put down mulch around it, and wanted to change it up a bit, so I had rock poured in the area where the bench is sitting. To the left of the rock is the fire pit patio (which is not visible).
This is facing southeast.
This is facing west.
This is facing southeast of both patios that have been poured.
This is facing northwest, after watering the sod for a month.
This is facing west of the second sidewalk that was poured. It created a place for me to create a butterfly/humminbird memory garden for my sister-in-law. Here is a photo of it taken this past week, with all of the plants almost fully grown for the summer.
This is the second patio I poured for the firepit (with the first one in the background).
I want to thank the members of this message board who gave me courage to just go ahead and start. I just love to sit out on my patio. My sons and I (and our friends) have had several great times, sitting around the fire pit in the winter. (Florida has mild winters.)