Quick and Easy Garden Makeover

by admin on July 6, 2009

I love my raised bed garden. It’s functional and the different sizes and positions of the raised beds are pleasing to the eye. What I didn’t like about our garden area was the drab looking grass aisle that is the main walkway through the garden from the front gate into the backyard.

When I built our kids a tree house last summer I had to pull up a bunch of rectangular patio blocks that had served as the floor of a dog kennel long before we bought the house. The chain link fencing for the kennel was torn down long ago, but the blocks remained until they became a safety issue due to kids running around the tree house and playing on the swings. So we had this rather large amount of cement patio stones and no real place for them (or so I thought).

Well, we ended up killing two birds with one patio stone (so to speak 😉 ) and used some landscape fabric, cedar mulch, and the patio stones to create an entirely new look to our garden area. It really looks quite beautiful now. I need to go and get a few more bags of cedar mulch to build up some areas and add a new layer to last year’s mulched area, but other than that – I think it looks great.

Here’s a couple of ‘before’ pics:

Raised bed garden area 'before'

Raised bed garden area 'before'

Another view of our raised bed garden

Another view of our raised bed garden

And here are a couple of ‘after’ pics:

Mulch and patio stones

Mulch and patio stones

Raised bed garden area

Raised bed garden area

Here’s a breakdown of the total cost for this project:

  • Patio Stones – $0
  • Landscape fabric – $10 (on sale BOGO & used 1.5 rolls @ 50ft/roll)
  • Cedar Mulch – 9 bags @ $2.39/bag = $21.51
  • Total Cost $31.51
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