Geo Grid Driveway Day 3

making progressRight now, I am really wishing I had bought one of these…

Even though it does not seem like we are making much progress, the digging is going smoothly and my neighbor is getting more than a couple of wheelbarrows of dirt… each day I talk him into more. “Hey, Dave, that spot there is looking a little low, you definitely need more dirt there! Oh, and here next to your patio, look at how low that is!”

Also thinking about putting a sign up in the front yard: FREE DIRT. But I talked myself out of it when I figured people would start grabbing bags of gravel instead of the dirt.

Still, my wife and I are managing to not give ourselves heat stroke. The temps have been steadily increasing daily. This weekend, the temps are hitting 80 by 10 AM, so the digging stops early. Might have to set up a lantern outside and start night digging if I want to get this done before football season! The Geo Grid arrived yesterday, but I didn’t have the energy to take photos of the unboxing. Will try and get that done on Monday, since we aren’t near ready to bring out the grid anyway!

On Monday, I am also expecting the landscape fabric to arrive as well. The plan is to lay a couple layers of landscape fabric down before I place the geo grid and the landscape timbers. This will help keep the weeds from taking over for a year or so. Hopefully longer, which is why I am going to double it up.

Landscape Fabric

As we are digging up the yard, we find some stones that we are keeping to the side. I figure if I can accumulate at least one gravel bag’s worth of stones, that will be one bag less I need to put down. Back at it tomorrow!

Geo Grid Driveway Day 1

When I ordered the Geo Grid, I also ordered some gravel from Home Depot for less than $5 for a .5 cubic foot bag. I ordered 70 bags, knowing I would have order more before the job was done, but I don’t want my yard to look like a department store parking lot.

In the image below, you can see the pallet of gravel. I also ordered a bucket of pathway stabilizer┬áto help solidify the gravel once I lay it down. Obviously, the Geo Grid will be the main stabilizer, but I also don’t want to see my gravel all over the lawn after a winter of snow blowing. I also ordered some landscaping timbers.

After receiving the gravelThe first day was the toughest. I waited until after the gravel arrived to start digging. Home depot is excellent about delivering the home improvement supplies the next day, so I got my timbers and the gravel right away. I had just put together my wheelbarrow a couple weeks ago, so I was prepared for the task at hand, digging. First, I measured and staked out the area to be dug up. The Geo Grid I ordered is 4 inches deep, so I want to make sure I dig an extra inch and then level it out as needed.

The pitchfork was pretty useless, the only thing that worked good was my rounded end spade. I would cut two spade widths in each direction and then pry it up. I cut the sod from the dirt blocks that came up so I could use the grass in other areas in my yard.

After doing a couple rows, I ran into another issue: where do I go with all this dirt? My yard is small. The backyard is smaller than the front yard. The sod raised the backyard by a couple inches, so I didn’t really want to add more dirt to the backyard. So after filling in and ruts around the house and along the side of the street where water eroded the dirt away when we had some heavy rain, I ran out of places to put the dirt. So, I decided to call it a day – to give me some time to figure out where I would take the dirt, because 65 cubic feet of dirt is pretty big when it isn’t under your lawn.

Hopefully this will be solved tomorrow. The temperatures are supposed to be manageable for the next few days, and no rain in the forecast, unless you ask Google Home… she kept telling it would rain the next day and then in the morning would change her tune.