Posts Tagged ‘landscaping

18
May
09

Huge landscaping post. Lots of before and after pics.

FIRE PIT BEFORE AND AFTERS

This is the before pic. of my fire pit area

This is the before pic. of my fire pit area

Fire pit after

Fire pit after

 

fire pit after pic from a different angle

fire pit after pic from a different angle

FOUNDATION BEDS BEFORE AND AFTERS

This is the foundation bed in the front of my house

This is the foundation bed in the front of my house

Front foundation bed after

Front foundation bed after

Side view of the front planting bed

Side view of the front planting bed

front side foundation bed after

front side foundation bed after

 Pathway excavation landscaping

back foundation bed after

back foundation bed after

side foundation bed after

side foundation bed after

more side and back planting bed afters

more side and back planting bed afters

FRONT ENTRY

front entry

front entry

MORE BACKYARD PLANTING BEDS

backyard planting bed

backyard planting bedanother view of a backyard bed

 BACK DECK

back deck

back deck

MORE FLAGSTONE PATHWAY BEFORE AND AFTERS
This is the site for a stepping stone path.

This is the site for a stepping stone path.

stepping stone path after

stepping stone path after

Cross scupture before picture.  This shows the area before any flagstone or boulders were placed.

Cross scupture before picture. This shows the area before any flagstone or boulders were placed.

cross and pathway after

cross and pathway after

 VARIOUS

Before picture of a special area in front yard

Before picture of a special area in front yard

special front area after

special front area after

woodland forest area and path before.  This was all lawn a couple days ago.  There will be a flagstone path and plantings added to make a nice area under the forest canopy

woodland forest area and path before. This was all lawn a couple days ago. There will be a flagstone path and plantings added to make a nice area under the forest canopy

PROJECT IN PROGRESS:  THE DECK!
Here is my truck full of the plantings that will go in pots on my deck.  I am working getting the deck to be an extension of my little landscaping kingdom

Here is my truck full of the plantings that will go in pots on my deck. I am working getting the deck to be an extension of my little landscaping kingdom

07
Apr
09

Warning: Beautiful wife does guest post. A day in the life of Jason

Many of you have asked me how I get so much done in so little time.  Well, I just go for it I guess.  Here is a post that my wife put up on her blog.

Here he is spraying weeds after his 35 mile long run

Here he is spraying weeds after his 35 mile long run

Wake up at 4 (on day off), go to work and open gate for workers, run 35 miles, come home, mow lawn, spray all emerging weeds, eat lunch with Audrey, go to Costco, visit with family, eat pizza, watch a movie, go to sleep. Wow! Where does he get his energy? This week he worked on the fire pit (you know, in his down time from his 60-70 hour work week). He built the retaining wall surrounding it and the fire pit itself. It is really turning out beautifully. He is currently halfway through placing flagstone pieces around the fire pit. I look forward to sitting around a fire with friends and family on a beautiful summer night eating smores and talking.

05
Apr
09

Leyland cypress and fire maples.

Here I am near a new fire maple and younger leyland cyprees.

Here I am near a new fire maple and younger leyland cyprees.

To the left is a newly planted fire maple and the evergreen tree to the right is a leyland cypress.  Both of these trees are the back property line.   The man that owns the ground behind me has around 20 acres there and says that he will never sell it.  I don’t believe that so I have planted some screening trees that will block any new construction from destroying my privacy in the future.  By the time that people do build on that property the trees will have grown much larger to form a beautiful and natural barrier.  I am actually going to dig up the 4-6 leyland cypress trees and move them about 8 feet away from the property line.  Right now they are dead on the line.  Not sure why the previous owners would plant them they but that is not the location that the design calls for.  So I will move them a little bit.  Below is a picture of the property line in my back yard.

This show the property behind my house.  You can also see some of the trees that I planted that will screen out future building

This show the property behind my house. You can also see some of the trees that I planted that will screen out future building

04
Apr
09

Three random pics of my landscaping. New angles in landscaping

This is a different angle towards my back deck from the future home of one of the flagstone stepping stone pathways.

This is a different angle towards my back deck from the future home of one of the flagstone stepping stone pathways.

If you were to take a walk around this planting island in the back yard on my future pathway, this is the exact view that you would have.  Ahhhhhh.  Imagine the wonderful summer months and little kiddos playing around the deck.

Just a slightly different angle of the screening bed in the front side yard.

Just a slightly different angle of the screening bed in the front side yard.

This different angle just shows a little more front lawn.  You can also see some of the other plantings that are in the bed.  From closest to furthest I have: Hogan Western Red Cedar Trees, Vine Maple, Two Huge Summit Ash Trees, another Vine Maple, a very large Vibernum, and finally a decorative plum.  There will be many added shrubs to this bed but that is for a later date.  Maybe the fall.

Here is a picture of the vine maples that I have been planting.

Here is a picture of the vine maples that I have been planting.

I have planted 6 vine maples so far and have one more to put in.  The last one will go about 12 feet away from this one.  These are beautiful trees when they grow up.  Sometimes the branches will get low to the ground and grow parellel with it.  I have some very mature vine maples in my yard that have done this and they are spectacular.

03
Apr
09

The successful compromise: Fire pit heaven

Well everyone, I finish the dang fire pit.  My wife AND I both like the new look.  It is 4 feet wide inside diameter and I leveled out all of the boulders to my wife’s liking.  I am so happy with it and thanks for all of your encouragement regarding it.  I don’t have finished product pics because it got dark but I have in process pics.  So here you go.

New fire pit landscaping

New fire pit landscaping 2

03
Apr
09

Big weight loss journey success.

Skinny guy with the fat mind

Skinny guy with the fat mind

I finally got to run again last night.  It felt so good.  I did 6 miles with three hill at 5K pace.  It was kind of a combination of Wednesdays and Thursdays workouts.  I did not want to push it to hard yesterday because of my foot but the foot felt fine for the whole run.  It also felt fine after the run all night but I do feel it a little this morning.  Not injury like but just feel that I have a foot.  Normally you don’t notice that you have a foot, it is just there.  Well, today I feel that I have a foot.  So the run went great, I lifted my spirits a lot, and I ended up doing it at around an 8:40 pace.

My eating was also very very good.  I woke up late yesterday so I did not have time to prepare my normal daily work food.  I just through my “healthy fast foods” into a bag an took off.  The good thing is that this left me with 20 points for my dinner.  I ate 15 points in the evening so that put me at consuming my 35 maintenance points for the day.  I did not touch my weeklies or my AP’s.  I was happy with that.  I earned 6 points on my run so it did not necessitate that I eat any of my AP’s (I only force myself to eat AP’s when I get 8 or more in one day.

Before my run, I went to the rock place and hand picked some rock.  I got 6 small boulders (300 pounds) to finish the fire pit and an 8 pound piece of ledge stone that is of the same sort that my flagstone path is made of.  This will be a base for the step to my cross sculpture.  It is a piece of stone.  It has lots of lichen on it and lots of colors.  If I don’t have to work tomorrow I will be getting my fire pit, patio, and cross sculpture are finished this weekend.  If all goes well with my wife. HAHAHA

02
Apr
09

Blah!

Max in the dishwasherI don’t have to much to say today.  Just not feeling bloggy.  I did pretty good last night on weight watchers.  I stuck to my points just fine.  I felt full and satisfied.  I ate two homemade burritos, veggies, and popcorn.   It was actually a lot of food.

I skipped running because of my foot/ankle.  It was the best thing for it as it is on the edge of being all the way better.  One more day helped it a lot I am sure and today it is feeling pretty much 100%.  I will do my 6 miles tonight after work.

I also dug up the fire pit.  I really don’t know what I am going to do with it now.  My wife wants it to be a totally different way than I want it.  Her way is very difficult and time consuming and I might have to hire someone to do it.  My way is more nature/camp site like which is my goal for the area in general.  She just doesn’t like it.  I am totally confused at this point and want to just say F it.