The front of our house continues its metamorphosis. From day one we’ve been eager to rip out all of the old landscaping and begin anew. Most of the old landscaping has been removed for several months. Since its removal we’ve been debating what type of edging to use for the new landscaping.
We were confident we wanted more than a basic metal or composite edging:
We used this at our first house and we felt something with more heft was the appropriate choice.
We moved on to considering a pre-cast concrete block for the an edge in areas and a near retaining wall in others:
With the slope of our yard this presented some neat opportunities but also a great installation challenge. We were gifted about 20% of the block we would need for the project, but in the end we felt this would be too much work.
After much debate and driving around peaking at people’s yards we decided to use weathered limestone boulders to edge our front landscape beds. The entire project isn’t done so we’ll save pictures of the entire edge for later. However, here are a few pictures of our larger and/or more interesting rocks:
We roughed out the beds with the gifted (thanks Whites!) blocks to give us an idea of the shape we wanted. That was great except when it came to removing them. That was just the beginning of our heavy lifting. Here are the weight totals of all the work we did this weekend:
2,400 lbs – Concrete block removal
2,400 lbs – Loading and unloading 30 bags of top-soil for shaping
460 lbs – Loading more limestone boulders at stone yard because the 3,830 lbs they delivered wasn’t enough
4,290 lbs – Installing limestone boulders
9,550 lbs – total lifting, hauling, rolling, grunting done this weekend
In case you are math challenged like me Google says that is 4.775 tons of material! Josh moved the mass majority of the weight. One of our neighbors helped him move the largest stone, which clocked in at about 500 lbs. The rest was Josh showing off his new found “old man strength.”
Now that the edging is done we will prep the bed and be ready for planting this fall!