September 12, 2011

Home Improvements

While the rest of the country was enjoying a long weekend at the lake or the mall, we used the opportunity to finally finish landscaping the front yard.

When we bought this house, the lot was still bare. Absolutely nothing but sand. In the spring, we planted a palm tree and put some stones down for a path, but then the puppies ate our landscaping money. A few times over. So, we were the white trash neighbors with the dirt yard for the summer.

Finally we were able to buy all the rock we needed to fill in our front yard. (We're not even worrying about the back. The pups wouldn't like a lot of rock back there, anyway.) Oh - yes, we bought rock. This is the desert. You don't lay sod unless you're either rich or crazy, or both.

So, lots of rock.....

We had to keep the boys in the backyard all day Friday and Saturday while we worked. We were getting the angry eyes all weekend.

The final product:

I have to say, I'm really pleased with how it turned out. I wish I had taken pictures of the actual process, if only because I hate having pics without people in them. SoldierMan, of course, did all the heavy lifting - shoveling the rock into the wheelbarrow, carting it to the empty spaces and dumping it. All I did was rake it into place.

So, there you go. We both got worn out, both got a little too much sun, and both rewarded ourselves with some mondo dessert that night. :) And I have to say, I'm a big fan of rock lawns. Two days of long, hot work, but no mowing, watering or weeding the rest of the time we live here. Well, not much weeding, anyway. Yet another thing I'm going to miss about the desert one day.


  1. Looks like your neighbors are rich or crazy or both! ;) Nice job on the landscaping. Our lawn turned yellow this summer (Thanks worst Texas drought of the century!) and since we aren't rich we let it go. Watering twice a week didn't even do anything. Now that the temperatures dropped again, our lawn is bouncing back--yeah! At least until November when it will hit hibernation.

  2. It looks great! I want to live in the desert one day!!

  3. It looks great! I really like the rock. Unfortunately, here in Georgia, our neighbors would think we were crazy if we replaced all of our grass with rock. But it would be so much easier.

  4. I love your house! And what a great way to lanscape. The path using squares looks great.

  5. I've lived in the desert all my life but I'm all about grass, mostly cause its fun to lay on haha. I like your little baby palm tree!

  6. That looks awesome! I can't believe you guys did that yourself. I would have had to hire someone.

  7. I guess we are all white trash in our neighborhood... cause all the yards are just dirt. But they are rentals here so I am not about to put time and effort into my lawn here. Its Texas, sandy dirt it stays.


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