|Left side of Landscape Plan|
|Right side of Landscape Plan|
Before we could do anything we needed a plan. Zac Davis, our landscaper, created a plan for us that would work well with the style of the home, a standard brick ranch. With the plan in hand I set forth removing the old plants and root balls. The hollys came out with ease thanks to a rope and my truck bumper. The Ligustrums were a different story. They did not want to go. I cut the tops off, axed and mauled the roots, saturated the soil with water and eventually they were gone too.
|Work to remove a Ligustrum root ball|
|Busted truck window - Duh!|
|Low Price Auto Glass in Conley, Georgia|
|Cat collar found while tilling|
|Planning beds tilled|
|Zac and Susan selecting plants|
|Luke at the nursery|
|Some of our plants delivered|
|Placing the plants|
|More plant placement|
|Hardscape supplies and a massive root ball from one of the Ligustrums|
|The hole left after removing a large root ball|
|The hill that the wall will help tame|
|The back part of the front wall|
|The gravel bed and blocks in place|
|Partly done with the first wall|
In addition to laying down a bed of gravel I put gravel behind the blocks and filled the cells. This is to allow for adequate drainage since I left a gutter downspout to drain inside the planting bed. I used the dirt from the slopes I wanted to remove to fill the void behind the wall.
|The front wall shown from the backyard|
|The back side of the front wall|
|The backyard wall not included in the plan|
|The left side from planting bed completed|
|The right side front planting bed completed|
|Metal border meeting block wall cap|
|Standard Natchez Crape Myrtle|
|Lemon Lime Abelia|
|Rose of Sharon|
|Silver Dragon Liriope|
|Plum Spreading Yew|
|Left side planting bed after dark|
|Right side planting bed after dark|
Lighting Tool List: Wire Cutters, Knife, Phillips Screwdriver, Small slotted Screwdriver
Hardscape Items: 180 Blocks ($5.23 each), 30 Block Caps ($4.92 each - I still need about 15 more), 1 Pallet of Stones - 0.97 tons ($194). 3 Yards of #57 Gravel ($28 per yard), and $115 for delivery.
Other Items: 20 or so Bags of additional Gravel (About $4 per bag = $80), 1 Pallet of Centipede Grass ($195), 3 Pickup Truckloads of Top Soil (About $35 each = $105), 3 Pickup Truckloads of Mulch (About $35 each = $105), 4 pieces of 4" wide by 8' long Metal Border ($10 each = $40), and 4 - 16" square patio stones ($5 each = $20).
Plants List: The plan cost us $100. It included the following plants: Silver Dragon Liriope (16), Rose of Sharon (1), Lemon Lime Abelia (3), Standard Natchez Crape Myrtle (1), Variegated Gardenia (6), Plum Spreading Yew (10), Upright Yew (2), Flirt Nandina (3), Hydrangea (1), Creeping Jenny (12), Bordeaux Holly (2), Radicans Gardenia (2), Flirt Nandina (2), Anise (1), Bordouve Holly (3), Homestead Verbena (9), and Dwarf Loropetalum (5). There was an add additional $100 fee for delivery and plant placement.
Total: $1115 .
The landscape lighting kit cost $547.58 and the 2 additional lights cost $128.84 with a 12 pack of connectors and 2 4-watt LED bulbs. Both amounts include shipping which was not free. I already had some extra low voltage wire from the previous project so I didn't need to buy more.
The total cost for the project was $3,951.63 and many days of hard and heavy work.
|Before (Photo taken in February of 2015)|
Things Left To Do List: I still need to order and install 17 more block caps, cut the block caps where needed and use adhesive to stick them to the block, install an electrical outlet with a weatherproof cover for the lighting timer, buy some concrete anchors and permanently mount the timer, and remove some other tree stumps unrelated to this project.
|The remnants of a large stump from a tree removed long before Susan and I bought he home|
|Another even larger stump in the process of being burnt up|
I have to mention the massive quantities of Gatorade and ice water I drank during this project and the never ending baskets of dirty sweaty clothes I cycled through each day. There were some days when the temperature was in the 90-degree plus range which made staying hydrated especially difficult. One should also expect to smash a few fingers along the ways so be sure to wear some good gloves.
Even with all these chores I still had time to run a local 5K race and take home a trophy. I ran the Forest Park GA Autumn 5K race on Saturday, September 22nd with my buddy Jim Macie. It was my first race this year. I placed 2nd overall and first in my age-group. It was a small race!
|Me almost finished|
|My buddy Jim almost to the finish line|
|On Stage receiving my trophy with the Chick-fil-a cow|
|Jim won a door prize - $5 off at Dick's Sporting Goods|
Thanks for reading.