Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Spring has Sprung....time for a Change

Spring has had a rough time coming to our area. The last few days have been warm and sunny enough to start some projects. The first one is the Brick patio. It was first put in around ten years ago. We have re-sand it twice. The ants and weeds have been hard to keep up with. So, this year I decided after reading up on patios, to use a polymer sand.

We started by using our pressure washer to clean and remove the exiting sand and moss. After that we started to fill in the spaces between the bricks with the polymer sand. I used a large heavy duty zip lock bag, Made a small cut in one of the corners. This made it easier the fills the lines. Used a masonry brush to help brush the access sand from the stones.

It took three days to finish the filling. Then I  mist the whole area. It take around 72 hours to cure. I think it turn out great and hope that this will solve the ants and weeds problems. This also help in locking in the bricks, after the settling of them over the years.

A very nice patio looking almost like new.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Gardens and Yards- Changes in mind.

We are still in the summer time. Our weather is still in the 90's and the rains have not come. The Pool is still looking cool. One thing  good this year is we have not had to use a heater for the pool. I just wish we were here long enough to  used it. If you visited my other blogs, you know we have been busy with College things, family matters and traveling. 

The yard has suffered some due to the heat. We cut it less due to the lack of rain and temps.  We planted a rose garden  but, the heat was not good for it. Will have to work on it for next year. Lost a few hedges. Had to cut them down. Will be replacing them next spring.

Our coleuses and lazy Suzie plants did well. I had them on a automatic water system. However the roses did not like the watering. Planted some English boxwoods, they are doing well.

While in Canada we saw some planters and flower layout I really liked. Thinking of adding the look to my yard for next year. (Photo above) Next to the fence it would look great. Also under the deck on the side of the house. I can put window boxes off the deck railings.

Now the fall preps will start. Need to get out and weed out the weak stuff. Trim the hedges and clear out some of the gardens.