The weather in Houston has just been awful for the last few months with endless rain and historic flooding. For the past few weeks I've had to wade through anywhere from 2 to 4 inches of standing water to get to my car. On top of that, the grass grew to over a foot in some places because it was too wet to mow it down. Staying out after the sun started to set was basically a death sentence as the mosquitoes have grown to be an unbearable problem. If anyone has recommendations on natural ways to ward off the mosquitoes - I'm all ears! I already plan to plant a lot of citronella, mint, and other plants to ward them off but also looking for quicker solutions! We are trying to avoid chemicals so I'm thinking that mosquito zappers may be one quick solution.
Putting on my mud boots and trudging to the car started to get annoying to deal with on a daily basis so when we had some good weather on Saturday, I took the opportunity to lay myself a flagstone walkway to get to my car.
Enough of the negativity though, I hauled some sandy fill from the pile in the front of the property to raise and even out the base a little bit. We also already had a pallet of flagstone pieces at the front of the property that I was able to use for this walkway. The project would have been more involved had I had to go and acquire everything. My recommendation for the flagstone is to check Craigslist - those kinds of raw materials are found in abundance on CL and you can get a great price, you'll likely have to pick it up yourself. After I laid the flagstone and evened them out, I filled in the gaps with additional sandy fill. This will need to be done one more time now that the original layer has settled in from the rain.
I'm already sooo glad I did this walkway - it came in handy on Sunday when the rain continued! Can't wait to start planting around the container and making it pretty. I should probably get it painted first...
More to come.
My name is Ashley. I want to minimize my footprint and live a more sustainable lifestyle. I'm an engineer with a love for simplistic industrial design and fabrication.