My wife and I are trying to figure out what to do with this space. I removed all the clay tiles because A) they were slippery when it rained and therefore dangerous and B) they were cracking, coming loose, and falling apart. I think we envisioned a situation where we would have a pattern of 12x12 or 16x16 square pavers set into beds of riverstone pebbles. Our hesitation is that 1) the surface i cleared is not smooth, 2) there isn't much of a "lip" to contain a large quantity of pebbles within border of the patio, 3) are we being lazy and skipping several steps to prep the area for any kind of long term solution. Historically we are not DIY'ers but are trying to be on this project. Any direction or suggestion would be greatly appreciated.
I have a decent sized backyard but it faces west...in the evening when the sun is setting it gets extremely hot and was thinking about getting some trees to provide shade.
If you look on the attached picture, I drew the location of my deck on the back of my house. The backyard goes back around 100' and my yard is around 50' wide. My original thought, only based on looks, was to plant the trees at the back of our yard but that wouldn't give much shade.
Does anyone have any design advise as to where to place some trees a little closer to the deck without looking completely out of place?
I've never done anything like this myself and I'm so tired of watching YouTube videos so I wanted to ask all of you... I'd like to have about a 5ft wide pathway from our driveway to our sidewalk. I'm thinking metal edging, large limestone pavers, and then darker river rock as the filler.
1st, I know I'll need to get this area level. Do I need to kill of grass first or will digging it up, using a barrier, and then having a base of some sort down before laying stones/gravel be enough? Is it possible to do all of this without renting any equipment? IE just a shovel, metal rake, etc. I realize it will be some work but all of the landscaping companies I've contacted in my area are quoting me $2-3k just to consult and "design." My budget is obviously not on that level so I'd like to try and do it myself.
Also, in terms of the metal edging, does anyone have a preference? I see that ColMet and EverEdge are recommended a lot. For reference, here's the area I'm working with. I'll obviously be taking out the rubber pavers currently there.