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Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Not only is this Memorial Day Weekend, tomorrow is my 48th birthday. We are headed to the lake for my birthday and plan to spend the weekend there. The weather isn’t looking great, but it’s always fun to be at the lake.
Back in February I shared plans for a walkway and patio for the back of our lake property. The project started in March and still on-going. It’s getting close to being finished and we are excited to start enjoying it.
Like many lake properties, our driveway goes down a long hill. When we had the driveway paved last year, one problem was that the soil didn’t go to the top of the driveway. Even though we had grass growing, since the soil didn’t meet with the top of the driveway, water could get under the driveway and cause it to break apart.
This problem was remedied from the top of the driveway down to the house. At the time the driveway was installed, we had an additional drainage pipe added under the driveway, and rip-rap added to the drainage ditch. With the new landscaping project, we had soil added flush with the driveway surface, and seeded with grass. We also had to have the pipes leading from our downspouts replaced with a more heavy duty type. That explains the disturbed soil replanted with grass in front of the house.
This should alleviate the erosion problem we encountered with water getting under the driveway.
This is the top of our driveway looking down toward the house and lake. You wouldn’t think that this driveway leads anywhere, would you?
At the end of the driveway, near the house, we added another rip-rap swale to channel water that ran off the end of the driveway into the yard. After this area is smoothed out and seeded, the construction crew will leave and the remaining work is all on us.
Southern Landscape Group is doing this work for us. They’ve done work for us in the past and we have always been very pleased with the end result.
Mark, one of the owners of Southern Landscape Group, surprised me with this walkway leading to our front door. It was part of our original plan, but we had to cut it because of our budget. Mark knows that I’m going through a tough time and had this installed as a gift to me. Isn’t that nice??? I am hoping to work on landscaping this area over the summer. For now it is seeded with grass to keep the soil in place.
Here you can better see the rip-rap swale that will channel the water that runs down the hill. We are still working to clean off the bank that was once woods that leads to the water. In the future we hope to add more rip-rap to the shoreline.
The new patio is large and will be a great spot to relax. I’m hoping to hang a porch swing, or maybe two porch swings, here.
A future DIY project will be to face the patio wall with stone like what is on the house. I’m hoping to get some things planted in this area this weekend.
I played around with some plants that I like and came up with this plan. We’ll see what happens this weekend!
I know I’m going to change the line of this bed because I need more planting room where the sidewalk meets the patio.
Here’s another picture where I played around with adding shrubs that I like.
Sherman enjoys every lake weekend, rain or shine. He usually positions himself beside the boat to remind us that he wants to go for a ride.
Have a great Memorial Day weekend!