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#1 ONLINE   Jaeger48

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Posted Jun. 17 2017 - 10:53 PM

So...

 

We started with a patch of bark next to our driveway and a retaining wall the previous owners had put in. I decided it was finally time to do it right.

 

This...

 

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Starting to turn...

 

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Into this:

 

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I could start to add up the stuff but it's been at least 300 blocks (70 lbs each) a yard of 5/8s minus (about 3k pounds) 2 yards of topsoil (3k more pounds) and the old blocks which have been 2 trips of 1,500 pounds and how ever much dirt I had to dig and move.

 

Tomorrow will be another trip for a yard of topsoil to fill in the bottom bed and to dump some more of the old blocks.  The wife is already thinking of what flowers and plants to add.

 

I'll trim the holly and blackberries back on the top row and then get the last yard to fill it in.  Yeah... that's a lot.


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Posted Jun. 17 2017 - 11:05 PM

That looks good.....back breaking but good!   

 

Back in the mid 80's I made a three tier set up like that out of the old inside rail posts from Golden Gate Fields horse race track in the bay area. I sandblasted the white paint off the redwood 8"x 8" posts and set them in the ground forming three planting beds that were only one foot high each. The top was three feet high. Once the plant life filled in and cascaded over the posts it looked great with the contrast of redwood, white paint residue, and green and purple plants.  I did a 5' high by 45' long cinder block retaining wall behind that tiered garden and they planted more plants up top to hang over that wall between the top wall and the tiered garden was a 10' strip of grass with a horseshoe pit on each end made out of those rails as well. .....it really made the yard look nice. 




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Posted Jun. 17 2017 - 11:13 PM

I was about 1/2 way there during the shoot.  It was nice to have a break.




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Posted Jun. 17 2017 - 11:28 PM

I was about 1/2 way there during the shoot.  It was nice to have a break.

Your going to like having the tiers to plant on.

 

I just googled the yard I did that I spoke about above and the block wall is still there and half of the tiered garden is there. They added a brick or stamped walkway up the slope but most of my work is still intact 30 years later. 




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Posted Jun. 17 2017 - 11:37 PM

That is going to look really nice when you are finished.




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Posted Jun. 18 2017 - 12:21 AM

When you coming to TN? I can put you to work for a day or 12.


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Posted Jun. 18 2017 - 12:26 AM

Your going to like having the tiers to plant on.
 
I just googled the yard I did that I spoke about above and the block wall is still there and half of the tiered garden is there. They added a brick or stamped walkway up the slope but most of my work is still intact 30 years later. 


It's been about 5 since I but a wall for our back yard. I tamped the snot out of that and spent a painfully long time with the level. It's good that I did because it still looks great, has tilt to speak of (less than 1/2 inch)over the 100 foot or so run. This one was much faster. I took more time with the spots facing the street and drive but the corner hidden by the fence is just a bit out of square.


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Posted Jun. 18 2017 - 05:26 AM

Looks good.




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Posted Jun. 18 2017 - 06:13 AM

That looks great, it adds so much more to the yard. Especially when the all the plantings go in, nice job. When I was in the building business I did one close to that design. Brother there is no way I could even think about doing something like that now. It takes 3 days to stop hurting from mowing the yard now.


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Posted Jun. 18 2017 - 12:09 PM

Nice work. I'd have died of a stroke at about block number12 or 13.....




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Posted Jun. 18 2017 - 12:18 PM

This wasn't bsd. Several weekends and inching along. I'd be in serious spastic pain if I tried to do it all in one weekend.


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Posted Jun. 18 2017 - 12:39 PM

VERY NICE, sir !




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Posted Jun. 18 2017 - 01:50 PM

Huge improvement, so much more rewarding doing it yourself(kids included).
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Posted Jun. 18 2017 - 07:01 PM

Well done, that looks great.




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Posted Jun. 18 2017 - 07:32 PM

Bottom level is now filled with dirt. Good lord a yard of dirt in the back of the Tundra makes it ride low. I checked specs and it's rated for that much but I'm glad I was driving less than 2 miles.


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Posted Jun. 18 2017 - 07:50 PM

Bottom level is now filled with dirt. Good lord a yard of dirt in the back of the Tundra makes it ride low. I checked specs and it's rated for that much but I'm glad I was driving less than 2 miles.

I have a military trailer that I converted to a dump bed. It can hold 4000 pounds and dump it but that is it. One yard of gravel or sand is about right.  The trailer can handle more but the springs and dump unit limit it to 4000 lbs. if loaded to the rear a bit. That is heavy enough for any small pickup to handle especially without brakes on the trailer. A yard of dirt is about 2500-2800 lbs....if all is over the back axle it feels like your doing a wheelie :laugh:  




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Posted Jun. 19 2017 - 01:50 PM

Very nice job Jaeger! Now you wont have to do any burpies for atleast a month! :laugh:

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Either way, looks like you did it right.


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Posted Jun. 20 2017 - 01:14 AM

Looks similar to the project the wife had me doing last year.

5 pallets of 60lb block. Used it to create a three tiered garden. My body was NOT happy when I was done....


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Posted Jun. 20 2017 - 01:36 AM

I'm feeling pretty good. Tomorrow I'll work out after work, cook some dinner, and if it's nice enough out I'll get the top tier ready for dirt. It needs the most work between trimming back the junk growing near it and less stellar base soil. Good news is I can fill it in with fresh dirt easy enough.


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Posted Jun. 21 2017 - 11:26 PM

Huge improvement, so much more rewarding doing it yourself(kids included).

 

Bears repeating.

 

Excellent work.






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