AFTER: We cleared the patio, took down the cage and were given an old patio swing.
We put up the rock wall about the tree a while ago.
We put in this swervy river rock on the right to make a definite line between the grass and the covered patio (that will later be more cement, stained is what we would love to create more of a room feel).
We salvaged the brown and green trunk on the left from the pick up day in our neighborhood. I painted the front and top brown and then ran out of paint. So the green sides stay for now.