Sprucing up the backyard part two 5/7/17

The rain finally stopped and it was 42 degrees when I started this morning.   
After five hours, I’m beat!!!
^^^ This is how I left it yesterday when it started to rain again.  
All night I was wondering what to do to slow down the weeds, 
now that it is all clean and weed-free.  
I don’t want to use any poisons, so I did a bit of search on the internet.  
 I didn’t want to spend any money and this was one of the suggestions.
Cardboard paper.

Many years ago we had the bright idea of putting rocks in the front garden.  It looked so pretty…..for about 5 months.  Then the stones got green and ugly looking.  We decided to pick them all up and put them around the Maple tree in the back yard.
I just spent about 3 hours picking up bucket after bucket of small rocks to put around the stepping stones on the cardboard.  What a pain that was….literally.  I am so sore.

I also picked up most of the small rocks in the walkway.
Look at all those roots.  I’m going to try to remove some of them so that 
the walkway will be more level.

Finally finished.  I will see how this method works on keeping down the weeds.  I left the grass on the top left for Silly.  She likes to eat her salad when she comes outside.

I saved the worst for last.  Those roots were really hard to remove.  Some I couldn’t remove at all. 
I need more powerful equipment.

 This is the best I can do for right now.  I think it looks better than before.  Still not level, but hopefully a few of those stepping stones will sink later.

 My lonely Royal Empress Tree.  She sure looks pitiful right now.
Well, that’s all I’m going to do today.  Tomorrow it’s back to work.  
One of my co-workers covered for me today.  I knew that I would need two days to finish this.
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