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Redesigning The Front Walk

September 22, 2009
May 3, 2008

May 3, 2008

This year’s big project has been the redoing the front walk. When we moved in, the walk went straight from the front door towards the mailbox, ending a couple feet short of that. It was also in a state of disrepair. It was a bit lower than the surrounding lawn. The whole front yard is mostly shady and contains a good amount of moss and mushrooms. When it rained, the walk was very slippery.

July 1, 2008

July 1, 2008

In addition to repairing the walk, we redesigned it. There really isn’t much need for it to go straight to the mailbox. We almost always use the kitchen door. As such, we walk down the driveway and along the road to collect the mail. There was also a path from the driveway to the front door, but it was narrow, required ducking under low branches, and a bit pointless with the kitchen door close by.

May 15, 2009

May 15, 2009

We decided to have the path curve from the front door to a point further up the driveway. In the new location, there is room to walk on the path without bumping into the shrubs. It also has a much looser, more organic feel than the straight, prematurely ending path.

May 25, 2009

May 25, 2009

One of the best things about this project was that it provided an opportunity to redistribute the resources that came with the property. We started by digging down several inches for the new path. We filled that in with a large portion of the gravel that we dug out of the veggie plot last year. That much gravel should provide much better drainage and keep the path from staying wet and slippery. The sand for the next layer was the only thing we had to buy for this project. We had enough of the original flagstones to finish the walk with plenty left over for the next project, Kirk’s pond. Somewhere along the way, we decided to cultivate moss and steppables between the flagstones. So, before replacing the flagstones, we added a layer of dirt.

August 26, 2008

August 26, 2008

I have a strip along the outer side of the walk for a flower bed. The inside curve of the path is were the pond will be. We’re not sure what, if anything, to edge the path with. I have dahlias in the garden bed, now. Those will need to be dug up after the frost. If I remove some of the dirt, so that the bed is level with the path, it may not need edging. The outer edge of the bed will be lined with the rocks that have been dug out of the beds. Kirk has an idea for making concrete bricks with a gravel molded edge. That sounds promising, but we’ll probably wait until spring to try it.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 22, 2009 10:20 pm

    I really enjoyed the before and after shots.

  2. September 23, 2009 9:51 am

    Yes, I too prefer a curved path.

  3. September 25, 2009 9:42 am

    Nice improvement.

  4. Kate permalink*
    October 3, 2009 1:17 am

    Thanks, ladies. 🙂

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