We finally finished the garden pathway down the side of our house this weekend! Now all we have to do is wait for the new grass to grow in between the stepping stones, and we’ll have a gorgeous pathway!
If you remember, this is what the pathway down the side of the house looked like before:
We raked up all the fallen leaves and killed the weeds and grass that were growing in the area. We definitely plan to have grass growing up between the stones, but we figured since we just bought the house and don’t know what sorts of weeds were in the grass, it was safer to get rid of everything and start new!
Luckily, Spectracide Weed & Grass killer is a non-selective herbicide, which means it will kill everything it comes in contact with, which is perfect when you want to clear an entire area! But if you have a few plants you want to keep, you can just cover them with plastic or cardboard while you spray, and they’ll be fine. The herbicide soaks into the plants through the leaves, but it’s not active at all in the soil, so as long as you don’t get any spray on the leaves, your other plants will be just fine. And it means that you can replant in the same area a week later without any issues!
We sprayed the whole pathway a few weeks ago; the weeds turned yellow within 24 hours and were totally dead by the next weekend!
So this weekend we raked up all the dead weeds and grass and aerated the soil in the pathway a bit, then got to work laying stones!
We didn’t dig holes for each stepping stone, because we plan to let them settle naturally into the soil, but we did use a hand rake to “rough up” the dirt under each stone to give it a nice soft area to settle into.
Then JM jumped up and down on the stone a few times to stabilize it, and we moved onto the next stone!
Once all the stones were in place, we re-seeded the area with grass seed, gave it a little bit of food and water, and now we wait for the grass to regrow!
But in the meantime we have this gorgeous stepping stone pathway so we can walk up and down the side of the house with ease! Next we have to prune back those giant bushes so they don’t overhang the entire pathway!
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