Landscaping: Week 4
Mar 13-17, 2000
It didn’t rain Saturday or Sunday, the first time without rain on a weekend in 7 or 8 weeks. The ground is still pretty soggy, though.
The garden area behind the pool house looks good. So far this week the main task is getting excess dirt out of the sides and back of the house and adding irrigation to the front.
More trenches for irrigation, irrigation control wiring, drainage, etc. The hillside behind the shed has been dug out, ready for the rock wall. Part of the hillside was rock.
Lots of rocks have been delivered. These will build the wall behind the shed. One glitch, so far. The pathway from the spa deck to the side of the pool house was supposed to be widened, but the roots to the tree are higher than expected and cutting away that much root could be a problem. A tree expert will take a look and give his opinion.
The area behind the shed was dry yesterday… it’s wet today and there hasn’t been any rain. The water is coming up through the ground – no wonder it’s been so soggy. I believe the orange line is where the drainage trench will be dug to help alleviate this problem. Much of the trainage trenches have been dug in the back yard. And a plumbing problem was found.
See the shiny cap on the pipe in the 6th picture, above. I ran to the hardware store and got the cap and installed it when I found out that the clean-out to this sewage outlet was only plugged by dirt. This was discovered when they dug the trench to the rain downspout. Running water in the master bath (and perhaps other places) would pour out of the open clean-out. No wonder the plants that grew there did so well.
They broke up the concrete between the house and the retaining wall to get to the pool fill pipe and the downspout. I believe this is going to tie into the drain pipes that run between the house and the shed. The stone retaining wall behind the shed is starting to take shape. There is a drain field and pipe behind it (and every other retaining wall).
The back yard is full of trenches as they bring the water from each downspout to to the main drain field which practically circles the property. The front yard has paint on the ground outlining the future seat wall and BBQ pad. A little more has been done to the garden area, too.
The trenching for drainage and irrigation has about come to an end. Next week they break up a portion of the driveway to put the last pieces together.