12 steps, from paper to party time

How the makeover was planned
Mary-Kate Mackey

4. Form berms around fences to create a raised planting area with greater visual interest. Use the flat area near the house for lawn and beds.

5. Enrich the soil. The remodel team amended the existing heavy clay soil with sandy loam, lime, and mushroom compost.

6. Place stonework, including boulders. The team laid basalt slabs as steps leading up to a bench.

7. Install electrical or irrigation lines.

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