Colored rocks for landscaping

Colored rocks for landscaping

Colored rocks for landscaping were the first stone that I used to pave my paved patio in 2013. I then continued to utilize a small pile of colored rocks at various sites, including my pond. While I was not the first person to pave a paved patio with colored stones, I do have some pretty good stories about them. The first is the one above.

My parents have lived in these homes for over half a century, my grandfather was a gardener who planted and maintained an extensive vegetable garden and who also had a pond. The first colored rocks I remember were small orange bricks that were made by him in 1951. The brick company made them in a small factory near where he lived and he was able to pick up some of the bricks when they were on their way to the shipping area. I have no idea what the bricks weighed, but my mom and grandmother are pretty sure that they were small bricks. They were orange, made of some sort of clay, and were about a half an inch thick and three quarters to a full inch wide.

The next batch of colored rocks that I remember as a kid were the small orange bricks that we use to pave the concrete patio. My dad started us out by laying the bricks across the surface of the concrete, but my mom was upset by the looks of what they were turning into.

My dad decided to make a small pile of some colored rocks at the base of the concrete pad and to top it with a bit of black pebbles for the back of the patio. It was a few years before that I realized that those pebbles were not natural and that the patio was made of concrete. However, the fact that they were colored rocks at the base of the concrete pad was very apparent.

It is the fact that colored rocks were placed into the base of the concrete pad that was apparent.

These colored rocks were not made of natural materials.

The next summer, the stones were no longer in the way of walking on the patio.

A small pile of colored rocks, at the base of a concrete pad. They’re pebbles.

A couple of years later, my dad went out to the backyard again to take a few steps on the patio. As he did so, he accidentally stepped on one of the rocks, which sent it rolling a bit.

As you can see, it wasn’t long before it rolled under the concrete slab. As we walked over it, it was really hard to see at first, but it’s now in plain view.

After this, my parents decided to cover the small rocks with a layer of crushed stone to make it a bit easier to walk on. We didn’t realize that we were creating an artificial walkway until my parents told us, “The driveway needs to be paved.” That’s when we realized the patio was a “replacement” for the driveway.

I was thinking that in a few years the kids would be out in the backyard on the patio and the rocks would be hidden from view, so we decided to make sure that the natural colors would still be visible after a few years. That’s when I went out to the backyard to help Dad with some concrete pours.

When we got back inside, I decided to take a closer look at the concrete pad to see what was going on.

Here, I can see the rocks, still in the same location from last year.

It’s obvious that the colored rocks are the same as last year. There is a lot more light in the photo this time, so it’s easier to see them.

Here’s a closeup of a couple of the rocks.

My dad went out to take a few steps on the concrete pad a couple more times to check on the process and to make sure the color was consistent.

A year later, everything is the same.

If we had just done a full drive to the bottom of the driveway, we would have had a much more consistent walkway.

However, the color was perfect!

After we got the concrete poured, I helped out by placing the stones in the concrete. I think the kids liked helping too, especially when we did it outside. That was fun!

That concludes our patio restoration! The kids even made a suggestion as to what we should call it (the “new” patio).

While the kids and I were on our patio this weekend, we made some adjustments to the grill area.

My parents were going to use the yard this weekend to enjoy the grill and a couple of beers. We wanted to be able to spend a couple of hours out there to make sure that everything was in good working order. So, we made a few changes.

We removed the old concrete pads, put down new concrete pads, filled in the old concrete that we took out and cleaned, removed the old concrete from the driveway and replaced it with new concrete and then placed some landscape fabric to keep the grass from growing back through the new driveway.

Now, that shouldn’t look too different from the current layout. However, the kids took a picture to show what we did.

Here is a picture of the current driveway.

Here is a picture of the driveway with the new concrete.

Here is a picture of the new concrete before we covered it with landscape fabric.

Here is a picture of the new concrete with the landscape fabric underneath.

Here is the side of the current driveway.

Here is the side of the new driveway.

The kids and I will make a few more adjustments to the grill area before it is ready for summer and we use it. Hopefully, we don’t have to change it out in the middle of August as we did last year.

We will put up another picture when we are done. If you can help us get the grill ready to use in the summer, let us know. Thanks!

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