My World # 48: No Need to Mow Here

The new retaining wall in our yard.  September 7, 2009.

The new retaining wall in our yard. September 7, 2009.

This is my post for the My World meme.  It is hosted by Klaus, Ivar, Sandy, Wren, Louise and Fishing Guy.  To learn more about our world or to join and share your part of the world, click HERE.

My world this week contains one less problem area to mow.  As I’ve mentioned before, the front of our yard had a very steep drop-off from the road.  We talked about several ways to avoid mowing that area, none of which seemed very practical.  Finally my bride suggested building a retaining wall and leveling the area.  You can see the result of her suggestion in the picture above.

I’m not sure when we started this project — it seems like we’ve been working on it forever.  The cashiers at Lowe’a got to know us very well.  I should have kept track of how many blocks and how many bags of dirt we brought home, but our hard-working Prius carried them all without any problems.

A new flower bed.  September 7, 2009.

A new flower bed. September 7, 2009.

Finishing this wall and bed was our big Labor Day project and I’m happy to say that we got it finished.  Now I don’t have to worry about mowing that steep bank and we have room to plant some more sun-loving plants.  They’re already on order.

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14 Responses to “My World # 48: No Need to Mow Here”

  1. Susie Says:

    It turned out great George! Now I guess you can figure out a plan on what to plant in the new bed.

  2. Judy Says:

    I can see what you mean about it being a bad place to mow!! And about needing a LOT of blocks and earth!!! Looking forward to seeing it in all its glory next summer!!

  3. busy bee suz Says:

    George I am so impressed. You did a beautiful job. I will be shocked if you are not approached by neighbors to do the same for them!!!
    It looks great.

  4. Tricia Says:

    FANTABULOUS job! Ya’ll did GREAT!

  5. Karen Says:

    Great idea and it looks great. You had a very productive weekend. 🙂

  6. Cheryl Says:

    What a great idea! Now will have to wait for shots of what will grow there next spring! Love the header photo.

  7. Jen Says:

    Fabulous!! Tell Betsy good idea!!
    You sound like us with this type of project. How many trips
    to the store???????? ha!

  8. Rose Says:

    I love that wall! That is going to be beautiful come spring.

  9. fishing guy Says:

    George: What a neat job you did and now you have a new planting area.

  10. NCMountainwoman Says:

    Nice job. Now relax and enjoy!

  11. Josephine Says:

    George, what an impressive wall !
    It will look absolutely gorgeous when it is full of new flowers, and plantings.
    Full marks for a job well done !

  12. Lola Says:

    Great looking job on the wall. Sure is a lot of planting area for some more Roses, maybe!!!
    Sure is a lot of Castle Rock. I’ve had to use them for a much smaller wall {1 high}

  13. MaryBeth Says:

    What a clever idea. Looks good too. So what plants have you ordered? MB

  14. Karin Says:

    Wanted to tell you myself on your blog – I’m impressed with your excellent new flower bed. The design looks great! It really enhances the view from further up the driveway and from the house. Great idea and excellent job done!

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