Sunday, May 4

Welcome To The 174th Masterpiece Monday and A Curbside Makeover!

Seriously , you have no idea how long this took!  It took weeks of work to dig up the grass by the curb. In between diggings, only a couple of days,  the grass would sprout right back and we've stopped watering it a long time ago to kill it. That grass put up quite a fight! It's been growing there for decades and the roots were strong and deep. I also wanted to lower the level of the dirt, which was above the sidewalk level. That way, the gravel would stay put better.
 A lot of people here are replacing their lawns and curb areas with drought tolerant plants.  I've been planning on doing this too for a while and I'm glad it's done now!

After all of the grass was gone, I entirely covered the ground with black painters tarp. I used plastic instead of the weed block cloth, because I really want to block out any chance of any leftover grass roots growing back. My hubby moved some pavers from the backyard for this spot and I filled in the rest with gravel. Originally, I was going to fill it in with bark, but I think the pavers and gravel will keep the tarp anchored down better.

Here it is all done! No more yard work by the curb and now we only need to water the tree and the ice plant I added at the base of the tree to block out any grass that tries to grow back.

I might add some succulent plants in between the pavers in the future. It would be pretty easy to do. Until then, I'm enjoying the simplicity and easy care for this coming Summer. 

The ice plant is doing well in this spot and even started to flower a few days after I planted it.

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Have a blessed week,


  1. HI Mary,
    Thank you for hosting every week! I have joined in Masterpiece Monday.
    Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

  2. Wow, Mary, what a difference! You really do have such skill in bringing things to life. The curbside looks lovely and I'm sure it's much easier to maintain! Thanks so much for hosting. Have a great week.

  3. What an improvement! It looks amazing. Even without a drought - a great low maintenance project for the area.

  4. Your curb looks amazing! Thanks so much for hosting!

  5. Thanks for hosting!! I love what you did with the curb - looks much cleaner and I'm sure its much easier to take care of

  6. Looks great! Thanks for hosting!

  7. The curb looks beautiful! Thanks for hosting. I hope to see over at our party tonight!
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  8. A big job Mary. Curb looks so much better. Love the little touch of colour at the tree base. Thank you for No 174th Masterpiece Monday.

  9. Thanks for hosting and Happy Monday.

  10. Thanks for hosting! Wishing you a pretty week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  12. Just die already grass! Hahah!! It looks so much better all paved :)

  13. What a beautiful transformation! Have a great weekend.

  14. I love to see ice plant in bloom. Thank you for hosting.


  15. Looks amazing! Pinned. Thanks for being a part of our party. Please come and show off on Monday at 7 pm. We love having you. Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls