And it turned out to be a pretty good one and turned out a lot cheaper than building a pergola. I never liked jackhammers because of the noise and mess and I've learned that some people have been converting old, discarded cement slabs (urbanite) into creative reuse projects. This website promotes the notion of removing cement in order to "free your soil". This also allows less runoff and connects you more with your land etc.etc. Check them out http://depave.org/
So first I needed to get a cement cutter from the free Oakland Tool Library and jump into my first attempt at cutting 2-3" thick slabs of cement. I marked out a large square section I wanted to cut out to make room for the tree and planned on making cuts so I could reuse the cut slabs as tables or benches.
While researching the term "urbanite" I came across this fun definition. A few lines are crossed out because that is NOT what we want to do.
Hopefully we can practice that more over time. Anyway, here are the results of the urbanite creative project of the back yard:
Here is the urbanite standing next to a very tall sunflower that will bloom any day now.
Andrea and I threw a bunch of spaghetti squash seeds into the ground a few months ago and we have about 6 big ones growing!