This is an eyesore:


Notice all of the dead leaves on and between the pavers.  It’s difficult for me to bend over and take the leaves out of the crevices.  I would rather rake or sweep the leaves into a pan and dispose of them in a trash bin.

I hate bending over and stooping.  I prefer to stand.

What should I do?

If I plant grass, I will have to water and mow it.  The feral cats might defecate on the grass.  It’s questionable whether the grass will survive.

If I hire a company to pour cement, it will be expensive.  But, it’s permanent and I can sweep it easily.  I can also place potted plants on the concrete slab.

If I cover the area with large smooth stones, it won’t be easy to rake or sweep up the leaves.

I think it would be wise to hire a company to pour cement. We will re-route the irrigation pipe to the periphery of the fence, and then, call around for quotes.

13 Responses to “Eyesore”

  1. David Says:

    I agree with you. Pouring concrete is the most expensive option, but it is the best option.

  2. Olga Says:

    It’s hard to tell what the purpose of those pavers is supposed to be. I think concrete is the way to go. I would agree with you on that.

  3. DJan Says:

    Sounds like the best plan.

  4. Karen Says:

    You could also have the fake grass put down. It actually looks real and it is easy to sweep or vacuume. It can be a little pricey.

    • gigihawaii Says:

      We have fake grass on our porch steps and it is very easy to sweep. However, we plan to have the cement poured and then paint it gray like the rest of the patio.

  5. L.~ Says:

    Maybe an inexpensive leaf blower would be a low cost solution. There are even some that can be used to vacuum the leaves.

    • gigihawaii Says:

      David went to Home Depot and followed your suggestion. He bought a leaf blower/vacuum. We will try it out tomorrow. However, we still plan to install a concrete slab and use the blower for the yard.

  6. honoluluaunty91 Says:

    The line of the existing concrete is very nice and that would be lost if you pour concrete. If it was my property, I would go for grass. There is something very soothing to me about a spread of grass and I enjoy weeding from time to time.

    • gigihawaii Says:

      You’re crazy! Hey, if you enjoy pulling weeds, come over and pull weeds for me.

      • honoluluaunty91 Says:

        Yes, I am crazy about some things like weeding. However, on the other side of the equation, I think people who love to jog are crazy, or those who constantly cook and clean – but that is only because I really don’t like jogging, cooking, or cleaning.

        I even pull weeds when I go to nurseries and see weeds in pots. I must have been a gardener or farmer in a former life.

  7. Joanne Noragon Says:

    Sounds like a good plan to me. I have Laura to bend over now, but need to come up with a Plan B for a couple of years along.

  8. Christine Says:

    good luck, landscaping is not cheap. There is a kind of sand that turns to glue when you pour water on it. So they put it between the interlock nowadays and it keeps the weeds out for a number of years but then it comes back. The name escapes me right now.

  9. B.B. Says:

    I would take up the pavers and make a pretty garden, but that would require maintenance, and I completely understand why you don’t want that. Another solution is to put in pretty slate or other stone/pavers but with concrete in between the pavers… like a patio, so it’s solid and weeds and leaves wouldn’t be a problem. That would be pretty but it would probably cost more than concrete. So concrete is probably your best bet. Then, like you said, you could make it pretty with container plants and flowers.

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