We have a sidewalk issue. That issue being our "sidewalk" is 25 years old and slowly rotting away. It was made from landscape timber and wraps around the entire front of our house. So, replacing it is a pretty extensive project that we actually put off last summer. But, the time is now and well, we are DIY people here in the hollow so we decided that we would not redo the walk in the same material but instead would do it in flat rock - sort of a meandering walkway around our porch amongst our hosta and creeping myrtle. I have no doubt it will be beautiful when finished. But for now, our weekends are going to be spent doing hot ass work in the baking sun. Something we love! No, seriously we DO love that stuff...
To the left is a portion of the walkway in demo progress.
To the right is the largest portion of the walkway. This was after we had taken the main planks out, leaving only the foundation boards. The foundation proved to be a real bitch and we have gotten maybe 1/3 of it torn out. We had to end up using a "come-a-long" and a tree... Brute force and awkwardness at their best!
But, there is the question regarding sustainability of what to do with all this half rotten wood? Landfill? Not this dynamic green duo!
As many of you know, I have this ongoing good natured battle with the local wildlife. Mostly my "beloved" raccoon family. I have reinforced my compost area in several different ways over the years. The basic "compost heap" is a simple box frame with chicken wire on the sides. My dad built it for me years ago. There was a hinged door on one side. Animals would dig under it, pull the chicken wire back... Raccoons are industrious little buggers ya know!
So, last fall, I flipped the entire box, put the door on top and added wire to all sides, including the bottom, which I actually buried and reinforced with rock. It is always funny to go over and see the interesting things my Rickies have tried to get into the damn thing. Their latest attempt has included actually pulling back the reinforced wire at various spots...
Sooooooooo a thought occured to us as we were talking about possible reuse of the landscape timbers like good little greenies.
AND, to the left you have it! Suck it raccoon raiders! Suck IT. LOL.
We had some additional planks left and with those I am going to outline my pet cemetery and I will post pictures of that project as well.