June sure has been the month of bricks & pavers for the Pillywiggins. We started in Boyne City with two brick jobs and finished up outside Central Lake with two Rosetta Stone patios. The homeowners have been busy renovating their home inside & out. Stay tuned. You'll be seeing more of this project in the future.
PATIO #1 BEFORE & AFTER
PATIO LANDING #2 BEFORE & AFTER
Perhaps you've heard the rumor? Jason hit the bricks. Well, I'm here to tell you it's true. He snuck out of the house early in the morning, packed up his truck and split for Boyne City... to complete two landscape projects back to back and brick by brick!
BRICK JOB #1 - BEFORE
For the first project, the homeowner wanted to salvage & reuse the existing brick. The walkway & drive had been installed by her late husband many years ago. She was seeking a landscaper with "artistic flare" to remove, repair & reinstall the bricks. Someone recommended the Pillywiggins. We're not sure who but thank you!
All of the bricks were removed, the area was leveled and new base materials were installed. The joints between the brick needed to be tighter but Jason was careful to keep the patterns similar to the original work. Sometimes, preserving memories is just as important as making the repairs.
Brick Job #2
Our 2nd brick job in Boyne City belonged to the first homeowner's daughter. A brick walkway, new install. The new walkway went down quickly but the rain caused a slight delay when it was time to sand in the joints. We're no strangers to working in the rain but some tasks, like sanding in joints, can not be completed when wet.
Yesterday, Jason made the last trip to Boyne City to finish sanding in the joints. Luckily, the next job on his list was just a few miles up Boyne City-Charlevoix Road. It's a pretty drive through Horton Bay & around Lake Charlevoix.
I'm sure Jason enjoyed taking the scenic route (and a breather) before tackling the 4 ton pile of stone that was waiting at the next site. Jason had previously constructed the berm & mulched it. To create a decorative edge & complete the berm, 3 tons of washed stone & 1 ton of 12" boulders were installed. When the homeowner returns we'll select the plants to fill the berm.
September is a beautiful time to work outdoors in Northern Michigan. The lakes quiet down after Labor Day. Most days it's just a lone Pillywiggin tending the flowers, lost in his thoughts, listening to the sound of nature, enjoying the spectacular views.
September gardens can be equally spectacular. While one Pillywiggin was enjoying his view of Torch Lake, another was visiting a girlfriend, enjoying the views in her gardens - Pillywiggins Petoskey project from a few years back. I shared photos of her summer landscape in our June 9th blog post "How Do Our Gardens Grow?" Now, the transformation to fall. Wow!
To revisit this project under construction click the links to our blog posts below.
It's not too late to add some September Beauty to your gardens.
Or call to schedule a Fall Clean-up!
Greetings! My name is Julie. I'm a bookkeeper by trade, an artisan by choice & the author of this blog by default. :)