Saturday, March 16, 2013

A Quick Backyard Redo

We have been having B-E-A-utiful weather this week so we’ve been outside almost everyday.

I was out back with the boys noticing the sad state our back porch was in.  So I switched things up and gave it a good cleaning.

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In order to rearrange things, I had to rake and remove some rocks. This one was like an iceburg – only a small portion was above the surface. Just that little bit of white I circled was all I saw. I thought it would be a fairly small thing…

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Nope it was a boulder! haha. So I got it out and filled in the hole it left behind.

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I moved the fake grass to the other side off the porch under the kitchen window. This part of the yard probably gets the most shade all day so it’s perfect for the boy’s sandbox and waddling pool. I tacked the grass down with nails into the rock dirt so it doesn’t blow away anymore.

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Then I had to clean all that sand and debris off the porch. My poor patio chairs (picked up free – curbside shopping!) are looking so lonely, but I have a patio table in the making coming soon!

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Seriously it feels so much better to go out here now that it’s a bit picked up. Now to get Ben to keep the sand INSIDE the sandbox. haha

Have a great weekend and don't forget to wear GREEN on Sunday!


  1. Ha! What a surprise to click on another thumbnail at WOW and find myself back at your place! I cracked up at the sentence "I moved the fake grass to the other side...." :) Doesn't it feel good to get outside and get some things done? I'm so ready for spring. Your patio looks a lot better. Great job!


  2. Hmmm, do you live in Las Vegas? Those concrete block walls -- very reminiscent of neighborhoods I saw going up in the town all during the 2000s. Practically no clearance between your house and the houses on either side of you, and above and across the backyard concrete block wall, power lines??? Fake grass too. I wish I lived where you live. I'm still dealing with melting snow and around freezing temperatures at night, and here it is, April 6th. EEK! Granted, I do not have two little ones to cater to, so if I were living where you are, I'd put in a small recycling bubble fountain underneath a grand wood arbor -- forget what they're called at the moment (senioritis setting into my brain) -- you know, the kind we would grow grapes on up north where we get snow and 20 below zero in the winter. A trip to your local nursery will yield xeroscape plants that live on very little water, and I'd put up one of those cool "sail shades" over the patio that I could quickly and easily take down when bad weather threatens (windstorms, rainstorms; Christmas Day in Las Vegas 2008 when I was visiting a friend, it poured buckets of rain pounding against the house all day in 40 mph winds, whew! But it was a foot of snow and 10 degrees in Milwaukee, so I was very happy in LV that Christmas, LOL!) I know it doesn't seem likely, but actually, with a small "fenced in" space like you have, you can do tons of wall decorating with trellises, wall-mounted shelves, a couple of fountains, but don't put in olive trees unless you're willing to deal with the fruits. With two little ones, I don't think that would be a good idea, plus theyd be climbing all over those trees sooner or later!

    1. Actually, yes, I do live in Vegas. We're having excellent weather and the boys are loving being outside. I love your ideas for the backyard! It sounds very relaxing. Slowly, we'll get around to making it nicer out there, just not on the priority list right now. Thanks for your comment, have a great weekend!!


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