Busting Up The Patio–Part I…

…or should I have said recycling the patio?

Over the last few years Susan Garbert of Cricket Landscapes has helped us to  slowly transform our residential landscape from turf to a garden or habitat using low water and native California plants.  (Click Here)

Next we dealt with the problem of the remaining small lawn area in the back which, unfortunately, contained a great deal of Bermuda Grass. Susan suggested that the only way to deal with it was to dig it out and sheet mulch the area. She also advised that there were no guarantees that the Bermuda would not come back.  Fortunately, after a year there have been no signs of the pernicious Bermuda.

That left us with one final challenge–the old concrete slab patio.

Those who live in older homes know the drill…

  • It was cracked
  • We patched
  • It cracked some more
  • We patched again
  • It was heaving
  • We were sighing

A temporary fix for the last few years was to put out heavy mats and outdoor carpets to hide it and make the area visually presentable. However, it was still a challenge for “pedestrian” traffic.

Finally, we decided this was the year to do something about it.  Susan suggested an approach using the old patio concrete to provide the materials for a new patio.  I called it recycling the concrete.  She called it “precycling” as we were simply using our materials instead of bringing in pieces from elsewhere.  As an aside, I have learned that there is quite a business in recycled concrete pieces. But back to the story…

Here is a ” before” photo of the area…

To get the “materials” for the new patio, you break up the old one…

At the end of the first day…we had a miniature replica of Stonehenge or Petaluma’s version of Easter Island…

In the next article in this series, I will report on “making little ones out of big ones” and the evolution of the design.

NOTE: There is nothing wrong with your monitor or my camera. I simply elected to use B & W on some shots.

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One thought on “Busting Up The Patio–Part I…

  1. Hi Frank and Barbara! Wow that was a big patio…can’t wait to see the after photos. We did the same thing with our drive way after we turned the garage into a wood working shop. Now we have a precycled Thomas Kinkade style walking path…very romantic and lined with creeping thyme herbs.

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