Day 4: Fieldstone Seating Wall

A low wall serves dual duty, breaking the space into two more usable, flat terraces, and creating an informal place to sit. So-called “seat walls” can also enclose a raised bed, lifting plants to a height where we can appreciate their details. Lanterns or candles atop the wall can provide subtle and romantic outdoor lighting. Posted from WordPress for Mobile

Day 3: Circular Patio

After excavation, the crew installs a layer of filter fabric to prevent base materials from mixing with the soil. On top goes angular stone, compacted with a vibratory compactor. A layer of sand provides an even setting bed for the pavers. We’re using Brussels tumbled pavers from Unlock, which come in wedge-shaped pieces to form circles and fan designs with minimal cutting. The crew lays out pavers and granite cobblestone accents, and checks the level…

Day 2: Grading and Layout

On day 2, Rene and crew regrade the back yard, using a Bobcat for the rough grading.  They separate out topsoil for reuse on site. This avoids the cost of both disposing of perfectly good soil and bringing in new, as well as the environmental cost of trucking to and from the recycling facility. The crew leader lays out a circular patio and walkway.  Lines help to establish the finished level of the patio, and…

Newton Landscape Design Installation: Start to Finish

Prospective clients often ask what A Yard & A Half’s installation process is like. We’ll be documenting the transformation of this Newton back yard over the next couple of weeks to show you. Day 1 – The designer/project manager reviews the entire plan and contract notes with everyone who will be working on site.  DigSafe has pre-marked utilities on site, and we locate these and property lines. The back yard slopes down several feet from…