Landscaping: Week 9
Apr 17-21, 2000
I got back from my spring motorcycle ride to Death Valley to find mainly more of the same: more stone cut and set.
In addition to stone work the front gate is finished, save the electrical hook-up and the needed staining. A load of sand was brought in and placed in the BBQ area and the pathways that will lead around the back of the house.
A couple of loads of soil were dumped on the driveway then moved to various places on the property. The mixture has lots of organics in it. In addition to soid the ground around the pool equipment pad has been covered with gravel which should help in both drainage and weed control. The BBQ area is taking shape with stones outlining the garden areas. The stone work has moved to the back yard.
Stone has been cut and placed completely around the pool and the patio area by the family room door. The old tile has been chiped up from around the dining room door. Garden area steps are being created from the small bits of stone left over as the large pieces are cut to fit.
A layer of concrete is being put over the retaining wall to smooth out the rough surface and prepare it for the final layer of dyed stucco. The last bits of wire and conduit that went to what we think was a hot-tub pad have been dug-up and cut. It still needs to be capped.
This was supposed to be a short week – the landscaping crew gets Good Friday off. But we still got a knock on the door about 8:15 Friday morning. It was a guy from the supplies company asking if it was OK to dump a load of sand and eight more pallets of stone on the driveway. I moved the car to the street for the weekend, then made sure that there was at least a path big enough to get the bikes in and out of the garage.