Working on an area of the garden that is adjacent to the barn.......the strip of soil between the stone barn and the cement pad becomes a real issue in summer attracting yellow jacket wasps by having the goldenrod too close to the barn and HUMAN activity. I am very allergic to the wasp so anything i can do to minimise contact is a good thing. Since i did not wish to build a retaining wall to equal the distance between the two heights i went for a covering of rocks around which i will grow thyme and other ground hugging herbs...... for now just cleaning out the area to put field rocks on was the challenge. I have found a lot of broken glass and rusty metal courtesy of previous home one needs to rake then weed .....with gloves and great care.