Thrifty Landscape Idea

05/29/2009 9:20 am · 12 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

Landscaping your yard can get expensive quick! Sometimes you just have to think out side the box a little.

img_1005This is a photo of my side yard. A few years ago Matt and I decided that we wanted to add a nice walk way to the side gate.  But to get stone would have cost a small fortune.  That is when my little brother Nathaniel  gave me the idea to use broken irrigation ditch as landscape rock.  My parents still live out on the farm, and the neighbor was taking all his concrete ditches out and putting them in the trash pile.

img_1008Some of the pieces were to big so Matt had to break them up with a really big sledge hammer.  We loaded it in the truck and brought them home.  We had to take all the grass out.  Then lay sand and a weed barrier down.  We then started to lay the stone. It is kind of like putting a really big puzzle together.  We then added the small black rock in the middle as filler.  We picked it up at a rock yard for about $60.00.

img_1006We built up a little wall to add some detail. We also made sure to do the walk way with a curve, it looks more like something you would find in nature.  I wanted to do a straight line, but Matt convinced me to do a curve.  I admit he was right and it looks much better with a curve.  It took us 2 long days to get this done but it was well worth it.  We love it!

img_1007This is what it looks like up close.  I would have never thought to put a broken ditch in the back of my truck and put it in my yard. SO I’m sure am glad I have a Thrifty little brother who gave us this great idea. And a slave for a husband….(its matt)

concrete-ditch-irrigationThis is what the ditch looked like before it was in my yard.

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9 comments
Aunt patty
Aunt patty

I have a few in my yard too, from the old dairy barn cement floors. Recycling is considered "green" now. I guess we've all been green for years. Yard looks good!

Jennifer
Jennifer

I'm having trouble getting past the pictures of those beautiful flowers to see the broken ditch! But it looks great!!! That should be a show on Weekend Warriors!

A Thrifty Mom
A Thrifty Mom

Thanks Jennifer maybe they would call it "thrifty Weekend Warriors" haa haa haa

Lisa Casey
Lisa Casey

What a great job! If you guys want to come to Vegas, he can work on my yard :)

Kim
Kim

That looks really Great I love it Sarah sounds like a hard job for Matt breaking it up. Tell Matt great job. I live in Ca. but we have over an acre and I have a lot of dirt I want to cover with rock but it so expensive but looks nice and low maintenance uses less water.

Becca
Becca

That is absolutely gorgeous! I will say thought, I have never even seen or heard of irrigation ditches though. :) From PA. Thanks again!

Arin
Arin

What a great Idea. Thanks for sharing.

Carrie
Carrie

That's awesome! Where is your parents' farm? I grew up on a dairy farm outside Ontario, OR. There were many ditches like that! I have been lucky and have found lots of odds and ends on our property, so I haven't had to buy and stone or brick. I still need to get the sand and other things to build it though. Yours looks great!!

A Thrifty Mom
A Thrifty Mom

Carrie, I grew up in Middleton...the photo is not of my farm....but it gave people an idea of what an irrigation ditch is.

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