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    Landscaping around my 30 x 40 tractor garage

    Around April of 2010, I finished all the work on my Morton Building tractor garage. I left the final landscape of the garage and the gravel apron for the house for the winter.

    Well, we're about out of winter and it's about done. Here's the story:

    First, here's a shot of everything from around early May or so.

    You can see that the outside around the building is mud, and that the gravel at the bottom of the picture is just kinda on the ground. There is some construction debris lying around. In the very background, you can see where I had an area cleared for my solar panels, but that's another story...

    More to come, hang on!

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    So the 1st step was to but some wood down for the gravel extension of the apron on the garage. I used an old telephone pole and some rail road ties. I used excavation dirt from the house that I saved to build up the edges, and then put top soil from when I cleared the tractor garage on that.

    Here's a stitched wide view, and a close up of that step. Note that around the outbuilding is unchanged.

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    The next step was to make a wood perimeter around the garage. I used PT 4x4's on the areas you see, and landscape timbers on the areas you tend to not see.

    I cut 3/8" rebar up into 6" pieces and drilled holes in the ends of the wood. This connected the ends. I then cut up more 3/8 rebar into 1 foot pieces, drilled through the 4x4's and drove the rebar into the ground. This will keep things in place until the grass and gravel take and settle.

    Here's a shot of the buildng with the wood border done, but no gravel put down yet.

    Between the two existing pads, I'm going to do a 3' hunk of concrete to connect them. I have a hose bib at this location, you can barely see it to the left of the rightmost door.

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    Here's where we are today. I've got the gravel in. I've gone around the edges and built up to the top of the 4x4's with topsoil. There is also a closeup of the garage apron gravel extension and part of the outbuilding.

    The gravel apron extension is much closer to level than the ground was. It took a double tandem truck of gavel to fill the hole, and once that crusher run settles over the summer, I'll do a top coat of 3/4- screened.

    I tested the soil today, and got down some lime to bring the pH up. Everything else was good enough, I'll use some 10-10-10 when I put the seed down. Got the lime down just in time for some rain. Thanks to Steve "Jenkinsph" for mentioning that I should test the soil .

    So next step is plant grass and do the hay. I'll re-post mid summer when the grass is in.

    Now I've got to go get another site ready for the next building. That site has to be prepped and level in 2 weeks....

    I also have a problem to fix with my tow behind cheapie spreader, that's another thread for another day.

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    First rate as usual Pete
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    Very, very nice Pete. Job well done. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to the next step.
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    Looks good and keep the pics coming. Your metal building will love you for having the gravel perimeter to protect the wainscoting from dents and dings caused by weed whackers.
    I have more ideas than ambition.


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    The key to success is being lazy. I want to mow the grass, not have to get close to the building, and round up once a year/pull up stuff every now and then instead of having shrubbery. Owning hedge trimmers is a sign of poor planning.

    I have the same gravel boarder around the house.

    It's also handy if you happen to live in the middle of a hay field. No worries about fire if you have gravel perimeter, metal or cement fiberboard siding, and metal roofs. House also has no eaves (attic is conditioned space).

    I'm tellin' ya the harder you are willing to work so you can be lazy the more successful you will be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eepete View Post
    The key to success is being lazy. I'm tellin' ya the harder you are willing to work so you can be lazy the more successful you will be.

    Pete
    Pete, I like the way you think. Though I thought the say was "work smarter not harder". I subscribe to the stone boarders, Round-Up, and no bushes mentality as well. It sure keeps things simple (no weed wacking for me).
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    Hey Pete, not steal your thunder, but here is what I did around my building last year. The brick boarders use to be treated timbers. I can ride the mower deck right up on them. Works great.
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