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Two major house projects have begun over the last two weeks; the internal rewiring (lots of dust!) and the external landscaping/drainage works (lots of mud!).
Our house sits at the bottom of a large rock outcrop. This is common in the area of town where we live and the rock itself isn’t an issue (unless you want to dig any of it out!).
The rock lends itself to a terraced garden at the back of the house, and at one time it must have been beautiful; with mature plants and flower beds and a series of fieldstone walls.
But, as the house and garden have been sadly neglected over recent (many?!) years, the terraces and beds have become overgrown, and in the case of the area directly adjacent to the back corner of the house, allowed to erode and slump towards the house.
As a result the ground level at the back of the house had risen against the side of the building and ferns and shrubs had taken over. To make matters worse there was no ground drainage, which meant that water ponded in the corner whenever there was heavy rain. This has caused external damage to the wooden sidings and internal damage to the floor in our laundry room.
So, before we have snow sitting, melting and draining into the house, it was time to do something about it!
This first photo is one I took during the summer, just before we moved in. This area of the garden was beautiful, if over grown, but you can see how much ‘green’ there is right up against the house.
Having spoken to a contractor and a landscaper, we agreed that we needed to dig out and level the area from the side of the house right around into the back corner, install a French drain and build a new retaining wall along the edge of the first terrace to ensure that the same erosion doesn’t happen again.
This involves rather a lot of excavation!
The main access route to this area of garden is up steps at the side of the house, between an ‘out building’ (we have no idea what it was used for!) and the garage. You can then walk around to the back of the house, along the side of the out building/shed/barn!.
This is the lowest level of the garden, and the plan is to drain around to this point.
Once past the out building, this is what you could see! All a bit of a mess really…
So, on Saturday, a digger arrived. Cue much excitement from the children and nervousness from the adults as we watched the landscapers attempt to get it up to the first terrace level… This involved driving it up a rather steep slope at the far side of the garage before taking it across the garden to the back of the house!
Then the digging commenced! We now have a very large muddy hole where once there was earth, grass, ferns and shrubs…
And this is how the garden looks today; a far sight from the first photo from three months ago!
A work in progress, and a messy one at that, but the end is in sight and in a few weeks we will have a level area of garden, drainage, a new wall and a reinstated first terrace! Watch this space :)
Oh, and as we are sadly lacking trees again, here is a shot of the same tree I included in last week’s post, taken on Monday in the sunshine! It’s a lot more orange now :)
Joining in with Annie over at Manneskjur for the wonderful How does your garden grow?