Paris Jones
Paris Jones
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  • Fayetteville, NC

My Landscaping Adventure!


well this is my landscaping adventure. i have been attempting to bring my backyard back to somewhere i can enjoy being out there. i have been attempting this major project myself as i am on a budget and no longer have the ex husband to maintain the lawn & between working nights, lack of help, and budget it will take me a little longer than i would like, but i am determined to enjoy being in my backyard again. the good thing is i only have 3yrs left on mortgage..(.whew not soon enough...lol.). i love being outside and do not mind the labor that is involved with making things come to fruitation, but i am only one person and i think its going to take a little longer than i would like...but i am determined!
my attempt is to screen in patio area and to make a extension patio off the existing one and to eliminate some grass in the back so i can better maintain the yard. in front of the patio area i laid some pebble stones down, a idea that came to me as i was going along. i am having to redo this year because the weed block is useless and will be laying down old carpet in area, as to not have to deal with the weeds popping out again. i want to add natural privacy around the perimeter of the yard and to incorporate some more flagstone and pavers/pebble stones as a way to do away with grass.(.oops i mean weeds right now..lol). i am awaiting answers on how the best way to eliminate 80% of the weeds i have growing out back, which is a source of major contention for me!...currently have cleaned out three garden beds around perimeter & need to totally kill out grass/weed in designated areas around yard. around my swing area i am going to put a checker board paver in front of swing and surround rest of area with pavers and pebbles. i would have finished most of that this year, but i got a unforeseen water leak that has to be taken care of.....well patience has been a whole big part of this nightmare of a yard, but hoping one day i will see the fruits of my labor!......pics posted whenever i finish....
killing grass to put down pavers in.... 2011 starting yard makeover...what am i thinking...lol
killing grass to put down pavers in.... 2011 starting yard makeover...what am i thinking...lol
paver patio off of existing patio
paver patio off of existing patio
HELP!......
HELP!......
excavated area off of patio, laid useless weed block, and put pebbles stones down using two colors
excavated area off of patio, laid useless weed block, and put pebbles stones down using two colors
black plastic laid out
black plastic laid out
same
same
black plastic laid out
black plastic laid out
corner garden bed cleaned out. will post pics update 2013
corner garden bed cleaned out. will post pics update 2013
a mess!...lol
a mess!...lol
their is hope!...2013...looks 100% better
their is hope!...2013...looks 100% better
swing area where i will put checkerboard and stones
swing area where i will put checkerboard and stones
will be killing out all area behind swing and laying stone/pavers down
will be killing out all area behind swing and laying stone/pavers down
opposite side of yard, putting in pampas grass along fence
opposite side of yard, putting in pampas grass along fence
never let anyone tell yardwork is easy!....lol..but i luv it...just wish i had some help.......
never let anyone tell yardwork is easy!....lol..but i luv it...just wish i had some help.......
almost done digging!
almost done digging!
placing and spacing
placing and spacing
in ground
in ground
same
same
amazing how fast pampas grass grows!
amazing how fast pampas grass grows!
mulched and watered down
mulched and watered down
lotta yard, putting up shed in this back area
lotta yard, putting up shed in this back area
planted a palm which is growing really nice
planted a palm which is growing really nice
edging with monkey grass...lilrope gathered from the yard, i have it everywhere
edging with monkey grass...lilrope gathered from the yard, i have it everywhere
the yuccas have taken off and blooming as i speak!
the yuccas have taken off and blooming as i speak!
opposite side, planted yuccas from existing plants in front
opposite side, planted yuccas from existing plants in front
good idea until those darn weeds started rearing their ugly head...why do they sell weed block in the store..its a rip off!
good idea until those darn weeds started rearing their ugly head...why do they sell weed block in the store..its a rip off!
almost finished and ran out of red chips...go figure!
almost finished and ran out of red chips...go figure!
gardenia in back right...moving to another area
gardenia in back right...moving to another area
night time view
night time view
night time
night time
night time
night time
night time
night time
pebbles
pebbles
stones for my redneck couch seen on pinterest...hey that not the name i gave it ...lol
stones for my redneck couch seen on pinterest...hey that not the name i gave it ...lol
this stuff is all over my yard, blooms purple in spring till early summer, throws seed everywhere, gathering off shoots and putting it behind the swing area in a half circle
this stuff is all over my yard, blooms purple in spring till early summer, throws seed everywhere, gathering off shoots and putting it behind the swing area in a half circle
gardenia blooming
gardenia blooming
the purple stuff, does anyone know what it is?
the purple stuff, does anyone know what it is?
purple stuff
purple stuff

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  • DONNA W
    on Aug 29, 2013

    What a treat @Paris Jones. I have been looking at your progress pictures. All I can say is that you are a astounding lady for doing this by yourself. Looks great, can't wait for on going pic's.

  • Kathy Hull Heath
    on Sep 4, 2017

    Looking good! This is what I did with my 'swing area'......
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