28,000 pounds

That’s how many pounds of gravel (give or take a couple thousand pounds) showed up at our house yesterday- 14 cubic yards to be exact.  Yep- that means work is progressing in the back yard!!

A little while ago, I showed you the landscape timbers my husband put down.  Today we started filling in the space with all that gravel.  We were hesitant to use pea gravel, because in our experiences, that stuff goes everywhere, whether you have a barrier in place or not.  So we picked a crushed granite- the pieces are about 1-1.5 inches around.  It’s meant for driveways and we figured it’d be perfect for the space.  Not to mention it was $34 per yard instead of $85 per yard (the cost of the pea gravel).  Oh and did I mention we needed 14 yards?  Yep- saving over $700 on gravel works for me!

The truck wouldn’t drive into our backyard because it had just rained and he was carrying a 28,000+ pound load, which meant he probably would have gotten stuck.  Luckily our driveway has a y shape to it, so he dumped it off to the side so we can still get in and out of the driveway.  Unfortunately this means a lot of walking with the wheelbarrow and gravel is heavy.  We made a good effort today but I made my husband stop about halfway through filling the space so he wouldn’t regret all his efforts tomorrow!!!

Here’s what it looks like currently

And here’s what I looked like after crawling around under the deck (which is too short to dump a wheelbarrow under, so we had to crawl around with buckets of gravel)

One more look…just cause it’s so pretty

Ok, just picture it all done and that flower bed filled in with dirt and plants…and the yard covered in some sort of ground cover!  Ahhhhh yes- I can see it all now!  It’s pretty exciting though- once we get a good rain (which will wash off the gravel dust), the amount of dirt the dogs track into the house will a lot less.  I’m really looking forward to reducing the amount of red dirt they carry in with them (even though we wipe their feet every time we let them inside the house).

Hope you like it as much as I do!!

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2 thoughts on “28,000 pounds

  1. Oh my goodness. This is looking SO good. I just love your deck color and the rock just plays into the colors so well. It’s going to be so nice to have that all done with rock. What a LOT of work, though. Ick! Loading and spreading rock and dirt is just about the worst outside job ever.

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