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Eventually these stepping stones will continue through the rest of the side yard around to the deck (see more about that here), but they currently stop at the gate. Just on the other side of the gate a path made of concrete stepping stones impeded my progress with the pretty stones I bought. I've been intending to pull the concrete stones up, but it wasn't high on the priority list.
However, last weekend the weather was nice and I was feeling motivated so I went out and got to work. I made several discoveries. For one the concrete path didn't even go halfway up the side yard. I wasn't sure until I got started because most of the stones were covered in a layer of dirt and leaves, leaving them invisible (and useless when rain turned the side yard into a mud pit).
When I was pulling up stones though I found this:
|The concrete pad was coated with about |
4 inches of dirt, as you can see there were
even plants growing on top of it!
As you can see from the picture above that first step out the door is a doozy. That side door leads into the garage by the way. I don't use it often, but that's partially because I have a bunch of junk blocking the door from the garage side. Doesn't mean the side yard entrance shouldn't be useful though!
I took the unbroken stepping stones and created this:
I don't think I have a before picture to let you understand how much better my side yard already looks. Maybe I subconsciously avoided taking a camera into that part of the yard. However, I'm excited to start work on making the problem areas of my yard more appealing.