So I've thought about it, blogged about it and now I've finally done the work. It was actually a collaborative effort from both the tenant (me) and the landlord ( the gardeners actually). I did the work for the patio and they did the lawn. I think it looks wonderful if I do say so myself. Anything would be better than the dirt I have been living with for the last 3 1/2 years. Check it out and see what you think.