Last Saturday morning I woke up and I decided I was going to do something about the eyesore that was my side yard. Honestly, it was so bad I was surprised that the HOA hadn't knocked on my door and demanded that I do something about it STAT. My husband and I had been discussing what we should do with this particular piece of yard for some time now. We couldn't agree. It just got worse and worse.
This fateful day I told my husband to call the nursery and see how much their landscaping sand costs. Turns out we could fill the back of his truck for about 80 bucks. Done.
Now, at this time college football had started. In fact, it was my husband's favorite team's season opener. He made it clear from the beginning that he had plans with his buddies to watch the game. I didn't even care. I told him to go get the sand, the rest was up to me.
I seriously created this garden path in about 5 hours with just the help of the seven-year-old son. If I can do it... you can do it.
First, I ripped out the weeds, flattened out the ground a little with a rake and laid some weed barrier. This part was super easy.
Then I lay the sand... not so easy. This involved my little helper standing in the back of the pickup truck shoveling sand into a wheel barrow. I then dumped it where I needed it and raked it flat. I won't lie, it wasn't easy... but it wasn't too bad.
Once I had a good layer of sand down (about 1.5 inches) I placed the flagstones. I just threw them down and then shook them into place.
Then I filled it in with more sand, raking and sweeping with a broom to get it nice and flat. I also sprayed it with the hose.
Can you believe this is how it looked "before." (Hiding my head in shame.) See what I mean? Super eyesore. But not anymore!
Now it's a lovely little pathway. It was so worth the work! And seriously, it wasn't too bad. I mean, I'm pretty sure this is the easiest garden path option ever.
You should totally try it.