This story all started with a tree.
A tree that was split and no doubt would have come down during this storm if we hadn't had it removed last fall. Of course, we wanted to save money so we decided to keep the logs in order to not pay extra to have them hauled away. Our nice tree cutting company even cut them into stumps for us.
My husband had a brilliant idea to put the stumps around our fire pit. We have enjoyed many good times around that fire pit with friends. With Minnesota climates, fire pits can be enjoyed 9 months out of the year...pure bliss.
There was only one problem with the whole set up...well, multiple problems.
It was crazy to keep this area mowed (picture moving heavy stumps or getting frustrated at our battery operated weed wacker that dies at the touch of tall grass!), there was no air flow because of the trees and mosquitoes hovered and waited for their daily bread, not to mention that the storm damaged our cushions that were already worn and faded, our fire pit had seen better days (with only a few mosaic tiles left holding on for dear life) and there were lots of dead branches in the pine trees.
You know, just a few problems.
Either way, this was still my favorite place to swing and watch the kids play in the yard.
I was doing just that, one day last week.
Then the grass around the stumps was bothering me and suddenly I'm moving the tree stumps to mow and decided that something had to change.
So it did and with Sam away for the week it became operation, "Surprise Daddy!" I call that a brilliant operation name when you are trying to motivate your kids to help carry brush away. :-)
Hours upon hours of work later, some lessons learned along the way, a good set of gardening gloves, shovels & rakes in hand, a sun burnt head, multiple trips to the compost site, my dad working non-stop beside me, my mom swinging numerous kids on the swing set, giant glasses of ice water & 75 BAGS OF MULCH later and I present...the After!
Here are some fun behind the scenes projects that brought this special operation together.
- How To Score A New Fire Pit For $50 or less...
- I'm Dreaming Of A...Mulch Mountain!
- Ambiance, Anyone?
It is safe to say that I have found another favorite spot that I never want to leave...
If you got to the end of this post and you are are wondering if putting mulch under a fire pit is a good idea then check out the bottom of this post for the answer. It is a funny story actually. :-)
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