Landscape Design using Free Materials

Saturday we took a trip to our local landscaping supply company because you never know what you’ll find in the free pile. We scored on a whole crate of pavers and blocks as well as chipped stone. This is exactly what I needed to finish the base of the generator shed.

I wanted to add stone pavers to the bottom of the shed to protect the beautiful fir wood siding from mud and dirt during the rain. Instead of spending a fortune on drain rock, my friend told me to line the bottom area with pavers. Great idea! I put down weed barrier first.

At the bottom of the crate of stone was 25 matching cement blocks for a retaining wall. Heck yeah! I decided to make a little wall to help with the slope.

Then, as I was digging out the step down, hubby was layering wood chips over the cement blocks.

We kept digging and creating a flatter surface for a walkway.

Once all the dirt was removed with clean and straight edges, I cut redwood pieces I got from a friend into 10 inch wide slabs. I first laid down weed barrier and then used cement stakes to support the wood framework.

Last task was to fill it all in with wood chips! It looks great and now ready for the rain.

About lovecreekfarm

2.5 acre permaculture with heritage orchard, organic gardens, redwood forest, and riparian corridor along Love Creek at the base of Ben Lomond mountain, San Lorenzo Valley, Santa Cruz County.
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