A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

My Husband Rocks

While I painted the storm windows last weekend, my wonderful husband Pete not only was my “ladder boy”, moving the extension ladder for me whenever I needed to paint the upper part of the windows, he also worked on other projects in the yard.

The big one was finishing off the bluestone path. Initially, because the path is essentially part of our planting bed, we were going to spread mulch between the gaps as our landscape designer friend also suggested. However, while on the Sheffield Garden Walk earlier this summer I saw a garden path using square pavers like ours surrounded by bluestone chips. I took this photo with my phone to show Pete.

It’s kind of hard to see, but I really liked how the stone just kind of merged with the dirt. I loved the bluestone chips but a) it’s expensive and b) we had a ton of pea gravel left over from our gravel patio that would work perfectly fine here. Plus, since our path already used bluestone pavers, the pea gravel would be a nice contrast and it goes well with the beige common brick on the side of our house. So I tried a little handful first to be sure.

bluestone path

Yup, that works.

He dug a little trench around the stones and filled it in with the pea gravel. It really finishes it off and makes it easier to walk on.

bluestone path

Toward the front, the bluestone starts in the grass (but doesn’t go all the way to the public sidewalk). A few weeks ago we got rid of the dried-up clumps of sod you see in the “before” photo below. I threw those in a pile as I dug up the grass. We’ll be adding shrubs and also moving our evergreen to this patch of dirt.

bluestone path

bluestone pavers with pea gravel surroundThen we (mostly he) installed the aluminum edging that will separate the grass from the planting beds and he filled in the pea gravel there.

We haven’t decided how we’ll replace all the grass weeds. We might get some quotes on removing the sod, regrading the very uneven lawn and then reseeding. We definitely won’t do sod, but either way I don’t want to spend a lot of money on it. So I might just be digging it up myself like I did with other parts of the yard.

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