It was time to take action. I would have liked to pour a patio, but the budget didn’t cooperate. The goal was three fold: low maintenance, keep the rocks out of the grass, and to not look like crap.
9,750 lbs. of Western River Rock:
My back hurts, my hands are rough as a man’s hands should be, and hopefully some value was added to the house. It shouldn’t take much upkeep, the retaining wall blocks should keep the rocks out of the grass, and I think it looks pretty good. It only took about 20 man hours, 9 trips to Lowes, came in under budget, and was finished before the baby came. Judge for yourself...