My Great Outdoors: The Farmers Daughter's Garden Path

My Great Outdoors: The Farmers Daughter's Garden Path

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Janel Laban
Jun 30, 2009

Name: The Farmers Daughter
Location: Hersey, Michigan
Type of space: Front Yard Walkway

Tell us about your outdoor project and how you enjoy it: We had a mudroom door that didn't have a path to get to it. We also had a problem with water coming off the roof and puddling up by the foundation.

How did you create it?:
I scraped the grass and dirt off the area that we were going to use, and pulled up the rotten wooden boards that were in front of the doorway. After building a wooden frame and pouring a concrete pad in front of the door, I laid a paver path from the existing path to the door ( I had leftover pavers from a path I had removed the year before). This was done using paver sand to level the area and a large level. I'm not a mason-it's not perfect by any means, but it's not bad. I also swept in more sand into the spaces between the pavers when I was finished. Then I planted zone appropriate plants, spread bark mulch and placed some river stones in the area.

I then dug a small "river bed" away from the house and filled it in with a bag of river rocks. I placed a rain chain at the place where the water used to come cascading down off the roof, a copper bucket with a hole in the bottom under the rain chain and then put that on a gutter deflector. The rain comes off the roof, into the bucket, then gets to the "river bed" at a much lower velocity and flows away from the house to the driveway and road.

Recommended store, site, product or resource?
I buy everything I need at lowes. I especially like looking for re packaged mulch in the garden center. They usually have a just a tiny hole in the bag and they sell it at 1/2 off!

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