Wednesday I spent a couple hours digging out the edge of the patio. With a Sharpshooter shovel it wasn't hard, but I had to make sure not to disturb the paver base material lest the stones shift.
The retaining strips were then set at the bottom of the trench and nailed down with the supplied plastic nails. The old dirt was then filled back in, resulting in a much nicer looking edge with no visible plastic.
Part two of the project arrived at 09:20 Thursday morning. Six cubic yards of slightly damp Texas topsoil.
With DH back at work this week, that left myself and 3 Monkeys to shift all that dirt into the back yard before it rained! Fortunately, the kids can manage a full load in the Gorilla Cart, so two of us shoveled, and two did the dump 'n run trick....until...
Not long after this, our neighbor Frank stopped by, and volunteered to help. What a true lifesaver he was! He came with a shovel and a two-wheel wheelbarrow, and worked with us for some 4 hours, shoveling and hauling, raking and leveling dirt.
|See? It's shrinking!|
Tomorrow's project? Laying down SOD!