Thursday, May 15, 2014

The West - part 1

The Stench Hole was in the East. This backyard battle is in the West.
We also have monstrosities in the North and South but we will get to them later. Hopefully this summer. Fingers crossed.

I suppose that Keith and I could have revived this limestone pathway to it's original glory but frankly, I just didn't like it. Rock pathways can ooze charm but this one just looked sloppy and out of place. I wanted it gone.
Happy for us, removal was fairly straightforward. We used a pry bar to lift the slabs and a sledgehammer to break them into small(er) pieces for easy transportation. If you are wondering, I used the pry bar, Keith used the sledgehammer. Since we didn't know what else to do with 3 truck loads of rock we dumped it at my parentals. Naturally.

Removing the limestone was the time consuming but simple. Removing fence post anchors, not so much. Since the posts had been cut off, the guys had to dig down far enough to expose enough concrete to be able to get some prying leverage. Then they used this red jack that John bought special for the occasion to lift it out.

After the fence posts were out of the ground we removed the little green plant tufts, dumped some dirt in the holes, and Keith went at the area with the roto tiller. We need to roto till again and add a lot more dirt but we are so close to the pretty part of this West Side makeover!  We have been in the ugly and tedious part of this backyard transformation for far too long.
Side note: Keith has finished the semester and I get to see him again! I am overjoyed to be able to hangout again and to (hopefully) be able to finish house projects a bit quicker.


  1. why is that guy tilling in a button up?

  2. look at toaster behind that tree!

  3. Yay! I'm glad you guys are able to spend more time together! I know that was hard for awhile. Enjoy your time together, and best of luck with all of the projects. :) It sounds like you guys have been doing a lot of work in the yard, but it will definitely look nice once you're all finished.