Rental Property Landscaping (Part 1)
- 12 Tons 7/8 Grey Crushed Gravel
- 3 Tons Amaretto Brown Crusher Fines
- 3 Tons topsoil
- 200 Feet No-Dig edging
- 1 pound Southwest Wildflower seed
- 10 pounds of "The Dirty Gardener Drought Tolerant Grass Seed"
- 6'x300' non-woven geotextile fabric
- Frost Cloth Freeze Protection .5oz Plant Germination Blanket (6' X 80')
- Landscaping Staples
- Mini Skid Steer
Planning: 4 Hrs
Installation: 12 Hrs
Planning: 4 HrsInstallation: 12 Hrs
As a side note, the hydraulics that are used to steer the machine can be very touchy, and i accidentally hit the house with the bucket.
The sprinkler system was already installed by a professional, and was ready for grass. I put the topsoil in first, as it was the farthest away from the gate.
I was originally planning on having about 2" of topsoil in the grass area, but I didn't have accurate measurements, and was also short on the order of topsoil. The conversion for topsoil is .75 yards to 1 ton, and I was expecting 1 yard per ton. There are some "thin" spots, but we did get relatively good coverage of about 1.5 to 2 inches. The Grass seed is a mix of perennial ryegrass, and fescues, with a sprinkling of white clover.
It works very well in the hot, semi-arid climate of Albuquerque, while surviving the cold winters.
I planted the seed while it is dormant, and covered it with the seed germination blanket. It will protect from both the strong New Mexico spring winds and birds.
I had a small retaining stone flower garden next to the house, and the stone had unfortunately been stolen. The soil was in good shape, and there was still a remnant of a rose bush, I used the no dig edging to line the existing garden, and planted the Southwest Flower mix.
The 7/8' Grey Crushed went on the east side of the house, and was placed on top of the geotextile fabric. The fabric is made to handle the sharp edges of crushed gravel, and is strong enough to have small equipment drive over it without tearing.
Any gaps between the retaining wall and the gravel path will be filled in with the same crushed grey stone.