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Let’s throw stones

I have wanted to complete my garden for years with the final throwing of stones on the paths around my house. We have finally completed this daunting task. We have imagined this task to be an enormous monster so it has taken us 3 years to pluck up enough courage. I had to prepare the paths for “the big stone path project” for the past 3 years – re-weeding every winter and scraping it clean every summer. Well, you will not believe it when I tell you that from the off loading of the stones to the completion of the path all around the house took us exactly 1 hour 15 minutes. We thought it was a whole day job with any additional time made for the next day. We had 2 wheel barrows and my hubby was amazed that I managed to keep up with him. 56 wheel barrows later we completed the path!! I would not have believed it!! All done! But I was physically and mentally finished after that!!

Here is the results with a few before and after shots!



This is 13mm brown stone we used and we needed 2.5 cub./m to fill the  path (a total of 47 sq.m) all around the house (not including the driveway which is the larger brown stone 19mm/25mm done 3 years ago). It was ordered on Monday, delivered Thursday by truck and off loaded onto a black plastic sheet 4x5m, 56 wheel barrows to lay out the path and completed 1 hour 15 minutes later.

[one_half]The driveway area with larger stones[/one_half]

[one_half_last]These stones were harder to lay out[/one_half_last]

[one_half]By the side of the house-after[/one_half]

[one_half_last]What it looked like an hour before[/one_half_last]




[one_half]Coming towards the back garden[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Looking back towards the fig tree[/one_half_last]

[one_half]A better view of back garden path[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Another angle from the back deck[/one_half_last]

I was so impressed with the stress-free  project from the great service and advice from Stone & Bark in Montague Gardens to the delivery of the stones by Dennis, who had no problem finding Philadelphia and arriving on time as promised and dropping the stones exactly on the plastic sheet we had already waiting for him, to the actual hard work that lasted just over 1 hour! What a great result!! I would rather do this than go to gym for an hour!! It looks like a million dollars!! Now for a cup of tea!!

Happy gardening xxxxxx



By Barbara

Country living is the best! Being a true spirit of the earth, my garden is all about vegetables and fruit trees and herbs and chickens roaming free. I was keen to really start gardening when we moved to Philadelphia in 2005, but not your typical suburban-type garden – sterile and bug-free! I wanted an edible garden.

14 replies on “Let’s throw stones”

thanks for this posting – i am so happy to find Stone and Bark – i have been looking for days for a supplier that delivers stones. Love the colour you have used in your garden.

Brilliant, I just love this look Barbara, and the feel underfoot. We often use granite chippings for this which we call chuckies. In our part of the world it is always better to put down a weed suppressing membrane first of all. Sometimes the thought of a job is worse than the actual doing of it, I am very much like this with house decorating.

It does look amazing! What a difference! Congratulations! Maybe I’ll get a little motivation from this post to finish some of those jobs I’ve been putting off, thinking of the work involved! It really does finish off your gardens beautifully.

that looks wonderful – we had those same stones all around the unit when we first arrived here. Also no plastic underneath and we do tend to get ants that build nests and bring sand to the surface. did you treat the sand with anything to prevent this happening? I think plastic underneath the stones would provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes though. I would be interested to see what suggestions you were given.

My path project is at the planning stage but I am glad I looked at your photos … I wasn’t sure if I wanted to use stones but I do now. I am also going to pinch your idea of the ‘checker board’ use of slabs for a small section of my garden … hope you don’t mind!

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