Step one was removing steel edging, digging out sod and deciding which plants to keep or relocate and which to remove. (Note the stone bench in front of the spray of blue sage. Our plan was to relocate it later in the project).
Foundations were prepared for the new borders and space was cleared for the flagstone sitting area addition.
Chopped block was laid into wet concrete poured over rebar framed footers. Mortar between the blocks came later to finish the borders.
This dry, shady corner wasn’t great for lawn but perfect for a new flagstone sitting area.
Construction sand was spread across the top soil to form a level base for the flagstone. Decomposed granite would come later to fill in gaps between the stones.
Native plantings and drought tolerant yuccas create a rugged, low maintenance space perfect for butterflies, bees and hummingbirds
Our new sitting area with bench swing and fire pit.
Yuccas and three holly trees form the foundation plantings in this shaded bed. River rock along the fence line provides drainage and contrasting texture.