The front yard is coming together! If you’ve been following the progress, you know that we recently built a brick retaining wall around the entire perimeter to combat flood waters and protect our future rockscaping project.
Well, the retaining wall has now been filled in with dirt. So. Much. Dirt. We had 4 cubic yards of fill dirt delivered to our house and I spent the week shoveling, transporting via wheelbarrow, and dumping fill dirt into the entire perimeter of our front yard. Thank goodness the girls take close to 3-hour afternoon naps these days.
I used a very rudimentary ramp system to get the wheelbarrow over the retaining wall (you can see my boards in the photo above) and let me tell you my friends, it was HARD work!
Jeremiah was able to help me on the final day, which was a blessing since we had to get the remaining dirt to the back of the house.
We shoveled it into the truck bed and drove it around to the back via the alley. More on the back and side yard project soon to come.
I soaked and stomped the dirt every few layers to make sure it was compacted. There are better ways to do this, but I just used my feet and in larger areas, a board or brick. It’s almost as solid as cement. I left about 1 – 1 1/2″ for the rock layer.
We finished off by covering the entire filled area with heavy-duty garden fabric.
There’s a 10-inch gap between the house and the floating deck that we plan to fill with shade-happy shrubs, but it’s a pretty deep hole, so I filled a few sand bags and laid them on the ground. This will act as a secondary water barrier and serve as a base for the planters.
We’re almost there people. Stay tuned!!!
To see where we started, click HERE!