Pardon the dust on the hydrangeas, but the “patio guys” cut a lot of pavers to create this work of art that I call “the new patio” and it kicked up quite a bit of dust.
But now they are done and I have a new patio to enjoy.
Remember the patio that was there before? It was a weedy mess almost from tthe day they installed it.
This looks a little worse than normal because I had already started to dig out the flower bed that bordered the one corner of the patio and it looks pretty bad.
But the patio never looked great, always with weeds coming up in the cracks and wood steps by each door. Plus some of the bricks had settled and it was becoming uneven.
I was more than ready to replace the patio and the garden designer was more than happy to help me do so. She came up with the basic shape and than hooked me up with a landscaper who did a detailed design and installed it.
My nephews got the ball rolling on the new patio a few weeks ago by pulling out all the old pavers and stacking them neatly nearby.
The patio guy incorporated those pavers into the design of the new patio.
The original patio took about a day for a landscaping crew to install it. They dug out the area, added gravel, tamped that all down, threw on a layer of sand, set the pavers, added the wooden box steps, and left. Okay, maybe it took two days.
The new patio took six days to install. I wasn’t home during most of the construction but took a picture at the end of each day.
They finished digging out the old patio junk and added a layer of coarse gravel and coated it with something so it is almost like concrete. I think there are actually three layers of gravel like that plus a barrier fabric of some kind to keep the weeds out.
By the third day, they were starting to lay out some of the pavers.
More pavers were installed and some of the design is evident. They also started to install the lower step between the two doors.
By the end of the 5th day, they had installed all of the pavers and made more progress on the steps by the doors.
My new patio!
No more wood box steps. No more stepping down as soon as you walk out on to the patio. No more weeds in all the cracks. No little dips where pavers had settled. No “too small” crowded space. Just some rather dusty plants and a brand, new, larger, weed-free patio.
The plan is to add a fountain and container plants along the house between the two steps. Something will also be planted beneath the boxed out window in that open space filled with good rich top soil. The garden designer hasn’t really commented on what she thinks should go there, but all that new dirt says “Plant something here”. I’m tempted to plant something there now. But I’ll wait.
I’ll sit on the stoop and gaze at the patio and out into the garden, imagining what I’ll be planting around that tree.
I think this is a much better patio than the one I had before!