Second, the concrete footer from the old front stoop.
He dug up most of the footer then turned his attention to the ground wire.
I suggested he use some old hose to wrap the wire just in case someone decided to dig in the front bed. He totally disagreed with me. He wanted to cover the wire with chards of concrete block. I thought that would be a mess.
Charlie’s disclaimer was that he could easily cut through a garden hose with a shovel. I suggested he give it a try before he dismissed the idea out-of-hand.
He discovered that a garden hose is a very difficult item to cut through. So he slit the hose lengthwise using both a utility knife and my heavy-duty scissors and then wrapped each piece of wire.
Bringing wheelbarrows full of dirt from the back yard, he filled in the area and graded the entire front of the house so water would flow away from the foundation and around the house from left to right.
The plants were also delivered so we quickly placed them in the position of the original plan. By the weekend I’m sure we will have moved them a dozen times to finalize their placement.
Do you seed or plant in the fall? Or wait until spring?
Sug cleaned and primed and I painted 4 sets of shutters. We were only able to hang 2 more sets because the final two pairs need to be specially fit.
The first set goes over the side porch outside of the laundry room. This is the most weathered set of all the shutters but we used them because the hinges match the ones on the window frame. We didn’t feel like tasking ourselves with moving hinges because the shutters would have to be notched.
Then we hung another set on the east side of the house. This was the window I talked about here.
We decided to hang not only one shutter on this window but to hang the pair even though the right hand panel will not open all the way.
The tie-back would not work on the right-hand side because the shutter would not open flat. Instead of cutting the tie-back shorter we simply added another screw eye at a spot that would secure the tie-back.
We’re just loving the look of the house with freshly painted shutters and especially happy we’re almost finished mounting shutters. When we’re finished ten pairs will be hanging on the house.