Yard Makeover: The First Four Days

Our landscape project started on Tuesday morning with four men clad in rain gear, digging, scooping and hacking out our lawn with pics and shovels then carting it away. The rain fell so hard Monday night and before sunrise Tuesday morning that it woke me out of a deep sleep. I wondered if the crew would show up and was relieved to see them – project underway.

The plan:

The Crew:

Days 1 & 2: digging drip lines, roots, grass and death-row plants; loading wheel barrels with soil then slinging it into mounds, toting 70lb wall bricks and laying that crucial first row until the level bubbles in the middle

At the end of Day 3: sand and bricks in the driveway replaced by Serviceberry trees and the new planter well on its way.

A big pile of crushed granite (gold dust as the landscapers call it) – this stuff is amazing. Pack it down and it compresses like chipseal. We topped the patio steps and path along the left side of the house with it. Much better than the weedy gravel and ultra-decayed weed barrier it replaced.

Almost there at the end of day 4: plants, check; irrigation, check; new wall and planter, check; raised gardens in place, check (no soil or plants yet – soon squash, cucs and tomatoes!). Just the sod to go.

Now the bad news – we won’t be here Monday to see the new sod lawn and the completed project.

Now the good news – we won’t be here Monday┬áto see the new sod lawn and the completed project BECAUSE we’ll be visiting family in California. Before and after shots when we return!

XOXO, Marissa


Yard Makeover! First the trees…

We started our yard makeover with a visit from an arborist – Mike at Arbor 1 here in Bend. He and his business partner spent the day dangling from our trees, frightening the little squirrel family who had taken up residence in a giant juniper tree, cutting away dead branches, removing diseased and non-thriving trees (about a dozen of them) and generally improving the whole look of our yard. Improving, but making it look very, very bare.

Men in our trees with chainsaws…

The carnage.

Into the chomper….this thing was loud!

Clean slate – time to start the makeover!

Bob’s Birthday, Scouting for Campsites, and The Metolius River

The day before Bob’s birthday – Happy 69th! (again) – we took a little road trip to see the Metolius River and scout campgrounds north of Sisters in hopes of some August camping trips.

The Metolius River is unique in that you can take a short stroll down a path and see it’s mouth – where the water flows right up from the Earth. Here is a picture of the river that I swiped from Wikipedia.


And here are a few pictures of us, I’m sure from the same bridge where the above picture was taken, at the fish hatchery that we visited.


We found some great campgrounds/sites to try out next month…Anyone interested in joining us??

XOXO, Marissa