The front garden area wasn’t looking so hot anymore. Five years of weather and string trimmer abuse doesn’t really make for a great-looking picket row, so I decided to fix the sad-looking space with a little stone.
Being a hunter-gatherer, I hauled back a few rocks. Halfway through unloading I snapped a picture. For those who wondered if it was actually true: Yes, a Ranger will carry 1,000 lbs. in the bed without issue. Also, it makes you feel incredibly manly to sag the back of your truck with the sheer weight of the awesome things you are doing.
With the wooden pickets removed, I flattened out the trench from the pulled-up wood, then laid paving sand over the top to get a nice, flat area to work with and started laying down the bricks.
After the line of bricks was in I grabbed about ten 0.4 cubic yard bags of marble decorative rock at the big box and hosed it all down to wash away excess sand. It came out great, and after a few rains the bricks had settled in nice and even. It was a win all the way around — now it’s time for the other side of the garden.