3 Day Project : Transforming Our Side Yard

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Click through to see the transformation, get inspiration for your own odd lawn areas, check out three(!) tutorials, in case you’re planning your own 3-day project this Labor Day.

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Build the form

Setup Your Workspace

1

You’ll notice Emmett building the frame around the base of our storage shed, to ensure the size fits perfect. We used 2x lumber and screwed it together with our Dewalt power drill.

2

Secure the form

Next, attach the wooden stakes to the sides of the form and push them into the ground to secure the frame.

Add a layer of gravel

Setup Your Workspace

3

Using Quikrete all purpose gravel, empty a thin layer of gravel evenly into the bottom of the form.

4

Mix up the concrete

Mix your concrete by adding water per the instructions on the package. We do our mixing in our True Temper wheelbarrow… it’s easy to clean, so we just treat it like a giant mixing bowl.

Add the concrete to the form

Setup Your Workspace

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Once you’ve reached the appropriate consistency, empty the concrete from the wheelbarrow into the form.

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Screed the concrete

Using a 2×4, screed the top of the concrete before it cures. This is the easiest way to achieve a perfectly flat and level surface.

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Smooth the concrete

Next, use a concrete float to smooth the surface. If it’s curing too quickly, mist it with water to help with the smoothing process.

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Finish the edge

Before the concrete is totally set, use a Marshalltown concrete edger, running the tool between the edge of the finished concrete and form.

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Allow it to cure

Once the stone is totally cured- remove the form. You’ll notice Emmett carved “The Gibsons” into the corner before it was set up. Ha! I sort of love that he did that.

What do you guys think? I’d love to hear your thoughts! As always, let me know if you have any questions about the projects… I’m always happy to help explain!