Saturday, July 30, 2011


This week we had some landscaping done. One of the projects was the area under the deck. It doesn't get much sun, and grass has never grown well there. The area gets muddy when it rains, and in the summer turns into an expanse of dust. We decided to have rock installed over the whole area.

Here's the deck after the first day. They've dug a trench all around the area to lay edgers, and removed some scraggly-looking day lilies that were growing around the near and far deck posts. The dark-looking area in front is the remnants of the compost bin, which they've removed.

Here's the finished project, with edging installed and rock spread.

The stones are a bit bigger than Tony or I anticipated, but I like the way it looks. Next year I think I may experiment with setting some potted plants here.


  1. That looks smashing. I think some potted plants would look very nice. You could make a nice sitting area under there too.

  2. WOW! What a difference, it looks fantastic now! I'd say potted plants for sure but make sure they're shade loving plants. Maybe even some shade loving shrubs so you're not buying flowers every year... just a suggestion.

    Have a fantastic day!

  3. Looks really nice. Love the before and after pictures!

  4. Looks great! I can't wait to see what you do with the space! I can see a lot of things that you can do--Hang a hammock from the deck above???? ;-)

  5. Oh yes! That looks wonderful!!! I agree that some shade loving potted plants would look lovely there. Maybe a statue or two? :-)