Creek Maintenance

We have a cement spillway/aquaduct on our property coming from the lake. In the spillway is a culvert, and water flows through it from the lake for several weeks in the spring and whenever it rains hard. Here’s what it looks like in the spring:

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But as you can see above, the pavers in the retaining wall surrounding the creek were looking a little sad–kind of like a six-year-old’s teeth–mostly crooked, and some were even falling out.

And after a few months with little water flowing through, the creek bed looked like this…AFTER I had already (thoroughly) weeded it TWICE. There was a ton of silt/dirt that had built up in the rocks, making it a fertile space for weeds. GRR.

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So…we took all the rocks out, reset all the pavers, laid down a weed mat, and threw all the rocks back in. No biggie…just 6 evenings of our lives. Here’s some progress shots (this is exciting stuff, I know!):

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And…ta-da! Even though this doesn’t look VASTLY better, IT IS (she insists). I guess you’ll just have to trust me on this one.

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Now we just have to get the grass that was crushed by the rocks to regrow. It’s a process.

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