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a view from our deck
We built a small deck , accessed via the dining room french doors, with stairs leading to a stone patio. We are fortunate, that for a city garden in the city, we were still able to create a somewhat naturally private backyard with help from our tall evergreens. However the flip side is we cannot grow grass ( tried every year for the last 14 years!). In the end we decided to bite the bullet and the forgo the grass and just lay down mulch. Our future plan is to create a cozy sitting area on the mulch - towards the back of the garden.