Primary Earth-friendly Gardening Tenents:

*Tolerate minimal damage to plants and lawn from pests. *Build and maintain healthy soil by using compost and natural soil amendments. *Use chemicals as a last resort. *Use native plants when possible. They are adapted to the climate, soil and area pests. *Attract Beneficial Insects to increase pollination and decrease harmful pests. *Conserve water by using responsible watering methods.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

pathway flow and planning

After demolishing the old, decaying ramp style stairs we added a pathway from the garage to the back deck. There had not been any pathway connecting the sidewalk along the yard to the back driveway, or the deck stairs. This view shows the old patio space, which was also pulled out and salvaged. 
We used sand from the old patio to level the new pathway.
And I chose a broad 2 ft square river rock paver to set the pathway. The style blends well with river rock areas for transition.
Salvaged brick was used for setting the step down.
The photo above shows the transition connecting the driveway entrance to the back deck entry to the house, the sidewalk and the new patio space.

The pavers were set and sanded in before the last of the patio space was removed.
Next, the patio space was converted to garden space. The new kitchen garden was placed in the area with the most traffic flow to the kitchen.
Topsoil and compost was brought in to build up the beds.

Above is a view from the driveway.
A oomplete transformation from an unused patio space to usable garden space.

This final picture shows the transition space between the back deck, patio and kitchen garden. The area now flows from both the back driveway and the pathway along the house.