Decks and construction--you're wondering how exactly this falls into the category of gardening. Well, it does and it doesn't. You see, for years, we've had a deck surrounded by a flower bed. It has always been pretty. In the spring, we have tulips. In the summer, daylillies and black-eyed susans, and in the fall, shasta daisies. However, over the years, the flower bed has become overgrown and the built-in deck benches were ripped out. This left a wide open space, and a much too large step down from the deck. This past weekend, we solved the problem with building a deck step. Let me rephrase that, my wonderful/handy husband built a box step and I helped.
|After the many necessary trips to Home Depot, |
|While Kyle was busy building, I was hard at work digging out the remainder of the flowers, moving bulbs and digging up weeds. The daylilly on the end will stay as an "anchor".|
|The completed step. Now on to digging the 4" trough and filling with paver base gravel.|
|After laying the base gravel, tamping it down, and making the step level it was in place. To make sure the step doesn't shift under the excitement of kids running up and down, we placed long metal spikes in the front and back to keep it in place.|