Earlier this year, just before summer hit, Eric and I were making our plans for summer projects. We had quite a list, but one item on the list had us both a bit jazzed. We planned to build a little path with steps through to connect our upper and lower yard.
Let me explain, our back yard is bisected into two portions: Upper yard and lower yard. The two sections are separated by a sloping area that the previous owner filled with snow on the mountain (a plant that likes to spread out). While it looked pretty good there was no real cohesion between the two spaces. We used the upper yard for most everything and the lower area is where our food garden is planted. There is, to the side a small path to get between the two yards, but it just seemed very disconnected.
So Eric and I made our plans...then didn't find the time. Yesterday I was out there staring at the space and I fell into a creative yard work trance. Trust me that is a thing. There is supportive science (this is what it feels like). I just started moving stuff around. We had all sorts of pavers and rocks that were left from when I tore up our patio earlier this year (we planted grass in its place) . So I just dug in and started arranging the pavers and stones. I dug out all of the plants and laid in the steps.
First I pulled the edging that was already in place and created the space for a path. Next I kinda leveled the ground, but I wanted a pretty rustic looking path so it wasn't really a priority. I just wanted it flat enough that nobody will trip. Next I dug into the slope and placed flat pavers to create two steps. I guesstimated the distance between the steps. For the rise of the steps I embedded large rocks into the soil for stability.
Finally used soil to fill in the empty spaces between the pavers. I also added bits of broken pots to the sides, embedded in the soil in a safe manner (don't want any punctured feet).
I hosed down the steps and mushed the mud around as I worked, making sure that the steps and pathway were stable. I am so pleased with the result and I cannot wait to see it next summer when everything grows in and fills out the space. The two spaces are much more cohesive now!
Next summer we plan to add a few more garden beds and install a proper garden fence to keep our dogs from rooting around. We also want to have an arbor with the Virginia Creeper that goes over the new pathway.