We have a couple of upgrades on deck for our exterior this year. We need a new roof, a fresh paint job, a repair to where the plumber cut away part of the house(!!!) to repair a faulty drain pipe. We also need to fix the broken gate and to dethatch the grass in the backyard (yeah, I’d never heard of it either, but we’ve got weirdly thick grass back there). This past weekend the weather was warm after a rainy week and we decided to knock out an easy task that we’d been tossing around for a long time. We live in an historic neighborhood where the houses are tightly packed and driveways were an afterthought. Ours is this narrow space between our home (on the right) and our neighbors’. And it’s getting kind of muddy. After any big rain I have to tiptoe to and fro and that area near the trashcans forms a giant puddle.
Some friends told us about a local stone yard that has good prices (Jim Stone on Florida Blvd if you’re local), so Nick brought a truck home from work and first thing Saturday morning we drove out there and bought a cubic yard of pea gravel for $35. We paid for it, they dumped it into the the bed of the truck with a bucket loader, and we were on our way home. Easy peasy! Back at the house we backed the truck up into the driveway and Nick shoveled it out, moving the truck gradually back toward the street every few minutes so he could distribute the gravel evenly. I came behind him and raked it a bit to even it out but didn’t stress over perfection. It took under an hour. Bonus: Jack thought it was a blast.
It’d probably be prettier if we’d leveled the ground beneath first so that the grass didn’t show through high spots, but whatever. It’s not muddy, it’s not so deep that you sink in and get rocks in your shoes (hate that!) and Jack thinks it is seriously so much fun to pile rocks in a bucket and carry them around, dump them back out, etc. I’ve always felt bad that we didn’t have a big, flat, paved driveway for him to play with ride-on toys but the rocks are pretty fun.
It’s rainy and cold again this week but I don’t have to worry about getting my shoes all muddy on my way to the car. It’s the little luxuries in life, I tell ya.
Not to mention how much Jack enjoys it.
So if you’ve been thinking of filling in your driveway or a low spot on your property, or even wondered about making a rock box for your kid, check out your local stone yard! It was really cheap and easy and makes me happy every time I come home.