Just last summer, we made a bocce court in the front yard.
In part because we like to play. Also to use up some space without the maintenance of grass. Then, last fall, we got a giant rainfall that washed a bunch of dirt down the hill and flooded the court.
Water took out a wide swath of rock, spreading out creating a mess for us to fix.
Finally, we’re getting around to fixing the front. And making a few changes while we’re at it. Before, there was a slightly steep edge down to the court. Using left over stone pavers from the back, Ben built a handsome set of stacked stone stairs.
Additional stones make up a walking path from the deck edge down.
The court still needs a new layer of rock. It’s looking very sad, still.
If (or when?) we get another huge rain, we’ve taken preventive measures. There’s a natural drainage trench along the house side. We continued it along, diverting it around the landscaping. A steeper side should contain water and channel it down to a set of wooden steps.
Hauling rock filled five gallon buckets up sixteen steps wasn’t the most fun chore, but it’s almost done. I’m even more excited to add plants.