Yard Work

Posted: April 18, 2010 in Ramblings
Yes, I forgot to mention that tomorrow the city starts our yard work.  I’ll keep track of the progress in pictures for you.  As a reference, here’s how it looks now.  We’ve already had the landscapers move all the plants that we want to transplant, so what’s left in the rose garden is going away.  This one’s a little blurry because of picture overlap (I used panoramic stitching to turn three photos into one big one).

First, the fence will come down.  Secondly, two long 4′ high walls will be built running across the rose garden parallel to the street.  One will be high – with the top of the wall being equal with the bottom of the fence, and the other will be in front and lower, with the top of it being equal to the bottom of the higher wall.  Lastly, a new 6′ high fence will be put in.
The reason this is being done is because the city is putting in a roundabout at the nearest intersection – just to the left of what you see here.  Roundabouts cannot be built on a slope, so the street must be redone to make the intersection level.  It will slope down after the roundabout part.  This means that the road behind our fence has to be built up – the new sidewalk & street level will be about halfway up the current fence – and so they need to remove our fence and redo it so that the road doesn’t abut the wood of the fence.  (Also, and somewhat incidentally, Centex, our builder, put the fence on city land.  They’re reclaiming it.)
So the new fence will start (at its bottom) about 3′ higher than the bottom of the fence you see here, and go for six feet (instead of the five we have now).  We will have two planting beds created by the new walls, and are working on picking out what sort of low-maintenance plants to put in to (a) camouflage the fence and (2) look good.  That’s today’s project.
The city guy said they could be done with everything in as few as three days!  I’m going to be busy, sitting around taking photos!

 Cheap photo doctoring.  The yellow box is where the new fence will be.  The red and blue lines will be the new retaining walls.

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