The lawn adjacent to the north side of the patio was shot.  Tree roots had invaded the soil and hijacked the soil nutrients that once sustained healthy grass.  What turf remained, the dogs destroyed with industrious digging that left unsightly craters resembling a lunar landscape.  Nothing green in sight.  So we had this lovely outdoor living area on the patio, but the adjacent turf presented a disgusting sight,  defaced by the ravages of nature and dogs.

Notice to Sadie and Marley the dogs: No digging in this colorful rock garden!

Notice to Sadie and Marley the dogs: No digging in this colorful rock garden!

The solution? A rock garden!  A sheet of landscaping liner, 30 bags of red lava rocks, and several potted plants later, the barren turf blossomed with color.  And the dogs don’t even like walking on the rocks, much less trying to dig.

We are not yet too old to imagine fresh possibilities!

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