Landscaping: Week 4

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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.

directly in front of house

directly in front of house

directly in front of house
garden area

garden area

garden area
garden area, again

garden area, again

garden area, again
behind the shed

behind the shed

behind the shed
back corner of property

back corner of property

back corner of property
back yard

back yard

back yard

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.

lots of wires

lots of wires

lots of wires
where the gate will be

where the gate will be

where the gate will be
side of house

side of house

side of house
behind shed

behind shed

behind shed
between house and shed

between house and shed

between house and shed

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.

rocks

rocks

rocks
more rocks

more rocks

more rocks
tree roots

tree roots

tree roots
behind shed

behind shed

behind shed
trench

trench

trench
drain problem

drain problem

drain problem
more trenches

more trenches

more trenches
trench digging machine

trench digging machine

trench digging machine

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.

between house and retaining wall

between house and retaining wall

between house and retaining wall
between house and shed

between house and shed

between house and shed
behind the shed

behind the shed

behind the shed
back yard

back yard

back yard
toward guest room

toward guest room

toward guest room
stone retaining wall

stone retaining wall

stone retaining wall
future seat wall and BBQ pad

future seat wall and BBQ pad

future seat wall and BBQ pad
garden area

garden area

garden area
from back gate toward street

from back gate toward street

from back gate toward street

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.

stone wall at rear corner

stone wall at rear corner

stone wall at rear corner
drainage and irrigation in back

drainage and irrigation in back

drainage and irrigation in back
by the family room

by the family room

by the family room
between house and shed

between house and shed

between house and shed

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.

 

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