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We have been trying for over two years to get our yard professionally re-landscaped. Well, it finally happened. Over the last several weeks a company called Mother Nature’s Son, located here in Loveland, did a wonderful job.

Ryan, the owner, and his crew, worked extremely hard laying river rock and moss rock in our hilly yard. It was hard work.


Bet you get the song “stuck” in your head.

All day long I’m sitting singing songs for everyone
Sit beside a mountain stream See her waters rise
Listen to the pretty sound of music as she flies

Do do do do do do do do do do do
do do do do do do do do do
Do do do do do do do do
Yeah yeah yeah

Find me in my field of grass Mother Nature’s son
Swaying daisies sing a lazy song beneath the sun

Do do do do do do do do do do do
do do do do do do do do do
Do do do do do do do do
Yeah yeah yeah

Oh Mother Nature’s Son


Howard and I can’t believe we did the yard ourselves many years ago; of course we were a lot younger. There is no way we could have done what these guys did. We could have replaced the bark, but that is about the extent of it.

Sometimes we get strong winds up here on the hill and the bark would simply disappear. Over the years we replaced the bark many times.

The photo below shows the front yard prior to any work being done. It was a mess, with river rock and bark missing in some places.


Arizona style landscaping – all rock and low maintenance. Hopefully, some splashes of color, maybe some metal art pieces, and my birding stations will liven things up. It will be fun trying.

New layers of river rock in the foreground and new “butter” colored rock where the bark use to be.

I tried several times in different lighting conditions and just couldn’t seem to get any “good” photos. Hopefully, you will get the idea from these photos.

Howard and I placed bark around our trees for a little added color.

Notice the little low laying juniper. A huge Apple tree use to be in that location. We had it taken down. It was old and some of the branches were dying. It also grew so tall it blocked our view to the east. The squirrels and the birds seem to miss the Apple tree the most. My poor hummingbirds really miss this tree, seeking a place to hide, watching for incoming enemies while waiting for the exact right moment to zoom in to the feeder. They are now using the big (my fav) pine tree for their activity.


The yard is sloped so we had two moss rock retaining walls added. Hopefully, the river rock will stay in place.

While at Lowe’s the other day, I picked up three potted plants. When I went to pick up one of the pots, I was bitten by what I believe was a spider. For several days my index finger was swollen, painful and red.

Moss Rock retaining wall.

Years ago I added the big boulder rocks you see in the foreground below. Can’t believe I did it. Those were left in place.

I added a few potted plants for color.

Of course we still need to do a few updates especially in the flower beds, which have been recently neglected.


Howard trying to saw down the remaining branches of the Apple tree prior to the river rock being placed.
Back yard prep.

We ordered a new arbor, which will be placed behind the tree, replacing a very old one. It arrives this Friday ordered from Hayneedle.com.

All river rock and flag stone in the backyard.

Behind the wall the yard slopes uphill, which we leave natural.

Next project will be replacing the old wood wall we built years ago!

Of course there is still come clean-up and sprucing up to do.

Several bird baths and feeders in the yard.

A coupe of photos for our “ham” friends.

Howard’s antenna.


It feels so good to have this project done. It is fun and more importantly peaceful just to go outside and walk around.

**Header photo taken this evening; beautiful, strange, light.

Until next time…

~A run, a ride and a new landscape project

June 12, 2018, Loveland, Colorado

~Today, I rode my bike while Howard ran on the path that runs along the Big Thompson River. It was fun to be out enjoying our lovely northern Colorado weather.

Jayhawker Ponds

~Beautiful blue skies with cool temperatures in the low 60’s. Just about perfect!


Howard running along the path.
At the end of our 5 mile run/ride.

I haven’t had much to write about since returning home from our winter travels. It has been nice settling back into our “at-home” routine.

A bit of exciting news… beginning on June 20th, we finally have a landscaping company (Mother’s Natures Son) coming to begin work on our yard.

We have been trying, for over two years, to get someone to come out and bid on refurbishing our landscaping. It seems with the booming economy in northern Colorado the landscape companies have been devoting their time to new construction projects.

Hopefully, some new river rock, moss rock walls, stone steps, small flag-stone patio area, flower beds and general clean-up, will add a little “curb appeal” to our “tired looking” yard. When the work begins I will share some photos.

Until next time…