From dirt to a pallet wood walkway in the garden
We had the most fantastic past weekend weather wise! Which meant it was a great gardening day to continue on the massive front yard project.
So… what did we all do?
We built a pallet wood garden walkway!
But lots of prep came into play first. For that reason, this project is divided in 2 parts.
Part 1 – From dirt to a pallet wood walkway in the garden – preparing the bed (you are here)
Let’s do this!
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Supplies I used:
reclaimed wood with thickness to it
Old plant removal
Removing the overgrown older plants was first.
I had lots of help enlisted by my son and our super strong neighbours!
Cutting a new flower bed edge
In order to create a new shape for the flowerbeds, a half moon edger, a generous neighbour Rudy and sons Lucas and Kenny, plus their trailer did the trick!
1. lay out a garden hose to your desired shape
2. cut in small sections, much like cutting a sheet cake
3. dig it up!
The scraps went to another generous’ neighbour’s place. She needed clean landfill. Perfect! Thanks Francis!
turf tip: turn freshly cut turf upside down in any compost or area you desire more fill. It will eventually turn right back to soil again.
Here you can spot a glimpse of the curvy shapes we created. And then we shuffled a few plants around.
This is going to be one amazing before and after transformation.
Click above to watch a short video on how to edge your flower beds like a pro!
Adding new topsoil
4 yards of fresh new topsoil were delivered by truck. I don’t mind purchasing topsoil by bag if it’s small amounts. But when you desire to use lots, trucking the soil in is definitely the way to go.
The top soil is mixed with a mulch and feed so plants will be healthy and happy all summer long. Fertile soil helps hold more moisture in the soil too!
So much fertile soil! My plants will be very happy. I also find fertile soil helps hold the moisture in so your plants do better during dryer hotter summer months.
Beautiful blank canvases ready for new garden plants…
… to be had at every turn, just begging for some artful additions.
You’ll see what I did with this space at the bottom of this post.
EVERYTHING got topped up, including the backyard garden.
Thanks so much Rudy, Lucas, Kenny, Cody and Sento!
Pruning the trees
Then it was time to prune the trees.
Lots and lots of pruning on all kinds of trees and shrubs took place.
While my preference is more of the shaggy willow type look for this unique tree, it grows so fast and out of control it’s better to give it a good clean hack to start, then let it soften up naturally again.
The funnest part is coming right up, because I also got down to true blue DIY business and
Building a garden pathway
I couldn’t wait! I had to make something cool. These reclaimed boards were sitting around that were collected some time ago. They were nearly thrown out during the big purge!
It pays to be a packrat. 🙂
A level pathway was dug lower than the driveway, then the boards were placed.
Yes! It’s a pathway from driveway to the sitting bench in the yard. Cool, huh?
I was always jumping over the soil to get to the yard so the removal of a buncha plants made this little pathway possible.
The boards are just sitting loose as I want them easy to lift for carefree weeding. The weight of walking on them appears to embed them just enough to hold them in place.
I started adding some rocks to work with the elevation of the sides. Perfect spot for mini rock garden plants I’m thinking…
Didn’t it turn out spectacular?!
And here’s the finished result. The garden walkway worked out perfectly!
The wood is just high enough to clear any water and the planks are indeed staying in place. Love it! It’s not a long term solution as the wood will naturally deteriorate against the soil, but it’s easy to replace.
Be sure to visit part 2 of this project which shares every single detail of this walkway build!
Think you’ll give a little garden walkway project a go?
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