Friday, August 4, 2017
Working In the Trenches
Since I have started to neaten up the other side of the culvert going under our driveway, I thought it was a good time to do something about the uphill side of the culvert. When we purchased this property, it was just a leaf choked hole in the lawn about the side of a dinner plate. The leafs did a great job of diverting the water up and over the top of our driveway and was eroding the hill on the back side. One of my first orders of business was to pour a concrete driveway that was about six inches higher to prevent water from flowing over it and eroding the hill on the back side.
As a result, the dinner sized plate leaf choked hole became a small pond. I cleaned out the leaves which allowed water to erode the entrance into a hole the size of which I could almost sleep inside. This was mostly done over the last couple years when we have been getting rain but this year due to the drought going on, it hasn't been a problem. But in hopes of someday getting some more rain again, I decided to tackle it one cloudy morning before we were to go under a flash flood watch in the evening due to a forecasted 3 inch per hour rain for several hours! Of course we didn't get a drop of rain.
I had to soak down the area with water to soften it up enough that I could dig out the hole a bit up near the entrance to the culvert and then mixed up two bags of concrete and dumped into the hole. I smoothed it around but realized I didn't have enough concrete so I hurried to the store for another bag which after mixed and added, made it come out to what it looks like above. It was really hard to get any pictures with perspective but that is a 12 inch diameter culvert and is about 12 inches below the "surface" of the ground at that point.
Now that I have that problem solved, I've been thinking of using some of the salvaged pavers that I found in the ditch on the other side of the driveway to create some sort of landscaping bed around our mailbox. I'm not sure if I'm going to wait for a rain at this point or go the old soak the night before and dig the next morning routine.