Friday, November 23, 2012

A Work In Progress...Making an Eco-Friendly Backyard - Part 2

It's been about 3 months since our backyard's lawn was dug up and hauled away. Just last week we finally ordered our landscape rocks from the rock supplier Lakeside Decorative Rock (LDR). This small family-owned business had a great selection of rocks at prices about half that of other landscape contractors in San Diego County. I was very impressed by LDR's service which was both honest and courteous. In addition, they were very punctual with delivery of our rocks which arrived on time.

One minor setback we did have was LDR's large dump truck couldn't maneuver fully into our driveway due to our small, car-compacted street. So luckily they were able to leave the rocks partially at the beginning of our driveway and partially on the sidewalk and street. Of course we didn't want to leave the rocks out on the sidewalk or street so after many back breaking hours over a course of two days, Carlos and I were able to shovel and wheelbarrow the rocks into our backyard and all remaining rocks into the middle of our driveway.  

Thankfully our neighbor Colin (who is a general contractor by trade) let us borrow his wheelbarrow which I am totally in love with. That wheelbarrow is very easy to use, moves very smoothly, and made mine and Carlos's rock hauling time 100% faster. It's my new "it" equipment! But I will tell you, Carlos and I were very, very sore after each day of shoveling and moving rocks. But it felt so gratifying to know we did it all by ourselves. Fortunately, Paco and Tomás also helped us out a lot with raking and smoothing out the rocks in the backyard.

The newest love in my life, the blue "Jackson" wheelbarrow.

Our 5 cubic yards of Arizona River Rock.

We purchased Arizona River Rock, a natural river rock, about 1/2" to 1 1/2" size rocks which have a smooth finish and are easy to walk on. They are usually brown and gray in color.  We bought about 5 cubic yards of rock which is about 700 - 800 square feet of coverage. The total cost of the rocks was close to half the price of what we paid for sod back when we installed our lawn 9 years ago. I am happy that not only maintenance of the yard will be so much easier than having a grass lawn but we'll save on water too! No grass equals a more eco-friendlier outdoor living space.

All cleared up! The front of our driveway after two days of shoveling rock out of there and off the sidewalk and street.

Our remaining rocks in the middle of our driveway waiting to be added to the unfinished portion of our backyard.

A look into our backyard from our gate.

A closer look at where our future garden will be located.

Another view of our partially finished rock landscaping. To the right of the kids' swing set is the unfinished portion of our backyard. 

Not yet ready. The unfinished portion of our backyard lies right behind our small, detached garage. We still need to remove excess dirt, weeds, and lay more weed fabric down. After that we will add the remaining rocks.

Tomás enjoying the new backyard!

Tomás and Paco having fun and swinging over the rocky ground.

Next up: Starting our garden and finish adding rocks to the last part of our backyard. And after that, picking out some native plants to place in random spots throughout the backyard.

Thanks for stopping by! And stay tune for Part 3!!!


  1. Wow! This is amazing and inspiring. Good job!

  2. i can't wait to set my foot on your brand new backyard on of these days, jess. I remember pushing one of those wheelbarrows in my gardening class back in elementary school. That thing was a beast!

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