Before Dad started work on the new pergola, he warmed up on garden bed borders.
Behind the house, we have maintained a stack of old timber, hoping one day to do something more useful with it than burn it as firewood!
While we were working inside one day, Dad sneaked out to play with the stack of timber. Before long he had pulled down several chosen logs. We had heard dull thumps as they fell to the ground and immediately went out to assist with carting the logs to the garden. Then the three of us spent an hour or two flattening the ground around the garden bed, selecting logs and placing them. We also put a border along the edge of our driveway turnaround area which will now encourage us to create a lawn beyond the logs.
After Dad returned to Australia, I took to a rather huge tin of stain and treated the timbers against wood-eating insects and harsh weather.
The pergola and borders really enhance the property and will last for years...