I had a thought… would a pallet garden walkway work in this area? I have this lovely little sitting area on the front of the house, that has a tiny walkway leading to the front yard. Only trouble is, the cement stepping stones really weren’t stepping stones but fencing, and they always sunk. MESS.
I decided to do something a little more permanent, but easy. Having two small pallets in stock (I sound like a pallet store) (scrap that… I AM one!), I had a brainstorm. Would an easy 2 pallet garden walkway work?
So I set the two pallets loosely in place… hmm… this could work! How easy would this be? Mere minutes here! I mean, I hadn’t done a thing yet and I was nearly done. Genius…
So I dug some trenches to level and straighten things up. Easy!
Until I realized just how fussy two pallets of different sizes could be. They fussed and moaned and fought me. I could not get them to sit level in like FOREVER. I nearly quit and hauled the mess away but I was too busy flat on my back (truth) gasping for air in complete exhaustion. Strange how no neighbours ran to my rescue… guess I didn’t whine loud enough?!
Then, much like a set of fireworks goes off, I decided these two baboons would not defeat ME. I (moaned and groaned) pulled myself together, dusted myself off and did it all over again. Pallets and me? We have a long term running relationship… this had to work. Or… I don’t know, but it HAD to work.
And then the world aligned with whatever it aligns with, and they cooperated. The pallets are LEVEL. We became BFF again. (I won)
The front yard is higher than the sidewalk, so a step up was necessary in order to have the pallets level. No big deal at all, it keeps the dirt and rainwater off your feet. And the sidewalk was a great support.
The front of the walkway got treated with a little tipped kettle of fragrant alyssum. It’s a good step from the lawn to the walkway but it’s comfortable and rather pretty. It works!
I could have pulled the pallets closer towards the lawn, but I rather liked the flowers framing the front of the walkway instead. Why be predictable?
See? It’s less boring that way.
(truth be told? I positioned the pallets wrong and just made it work. Because I was NOT doing this again)
This little walkway was the perfect touch for this area. And it blends in really well with the plants and flowers. It’s truly perfect!
And is the perfect place to sit for a coffee.
But because that walkway took so much effort, I came up with a super easy cheat on how I got that barrel planter to look so amazing…
Are you ready? It involves the BEST kept secret in the world. I mean… look at that height! I must be a major green thumb, right?
You buy the biggest hanging basket you can afford and plunk it on top! The End.
Trust me… I deserved the break.
And in case you’re new here, this is my other pallet walkway.
Next up… wait until you see how I cheated with a strange bench placement so I didn’t have to move it to mow the lawn…