Friday, July 28, 2017
Phase One Perhaps
The more I look at this photo the more I think this is just a good start instead of a end. Unfortunately this was a spur of the moment type project and I hadn't really thought things out. Things such as that the retaining wall bricks would be delivered during the hottest time of the year here. We hadn't had any measurable rain since way back in May so the ground is pretty much like concrete only not as smooth or pleasant to walk on. As such, it required watering the night before to make the next six inches soft enough to dynamite out of the way. It was pretty brutal but I persevered and finished the retaining wall around the lilac bushes.
In the process of clearing away the old pile of pavers that someone before me hap-hazzardly tried to create a much smaller version of what I did, I realized that I have quite a few of them. I was going to restack them as sort of wing walls on either side of the culvert pipe which is hidden behind that pile of stones and make it look more organized instead of a dump for unwanted stones. However, there is enough of them, I may try to put in a little bed around my mailbox or someplace similar. The soil in the yard on the other end of the culvert that runs under my driveway however is washing out, back when we used to get rain, and I think I want to stop that by putting in some sort of concrete cone around it to funnel water in and leave the soil behind. I want to do that first before any retaining wall project nearby.
However the more I look at the photo above, the more ideas come to me. I can easily imagine another retaining wall further down the slope that rises up to the same level as the base of the one I just completed with a four to five foot wide flat bench inbetween to plant some things. I envisioned using some of the larger stones all around to fashion some sort of channel and waterfall for the rain runoff if we ever get anymore of it. I envision an oasis of sorts when more frequent rains are falling. I have learned my lesson though and don't think I will start another wall just yet. I think I will at least wait until more seasonable weather arrives later this fall or longer if we don't get some more rain.