Stones: the hallmark of the fancy backyard.
This tiny circle of stones is an experiment: I am obsessed with stones and think they are the key to ultimate backyard pimpage; Mr. Goodies thinks it is ridiculous to buy stones because you can just pick them out of the ground. Buuuut we already picked all the readily available stones out of the ground to make vaguely Middle Earth-esque backyard fashions, such as in the garden here:
The medieval stone look is fine, but I have my sights set on a fancy two-tiered garden wall system. And that requires professional stones. Take the lumpy soil erosion zone behind the retaining wall (currently lined with ground stones):
Some day I wish to make this mop of weeds into a sweet tiered garden with an ivy backdrop.
I am convinced that stones have great ROI. Any real money we put into this house needs to translate to added resale value. And the sex appeal of the tiered garden cannot be denied. How ace would it be to turn our dust bowl into something like this?
Let’s run some numbers then. The tiny plum tree circle took 12 stones, so I would estimate that the wall would be at least 100 stones long. At two levels of 3 rows, it would come to 600 stones. The plum tree stones were $1.28 each, so the wall project would run us roughly $800. Oy. And you know I’m probably under-estimating.
The painful part is that it would be for a bunch of stones…
So what do you think… slum-dunk DIY idea? Or wasteful pile of stones?
Image from http://www.idealhome.com