Happy Earth Day everyone! Today marks our sixth anniversary since we moved in.
Normally we buy a tree and plant it for Earth Day and to celebrate our house anniversary but to be honest we’ve been very busy. After running back from an appointment I just felt like sitting on the porch and writing. We’ll get a new tree here soon enough but for now I’m taking the rest of the day off.
I walked around the yard and took some photos to share. I had noticed a patch of green in the north meadow, as I pulled the car out of the driveway. So I went back there and noticed that along the path to the bees, there was a 2-3′ pine tree. This is one of the trees I planted years ago when we first moved in.
It’s a beautiful day, the sun is out and the birds are chirping. A great day to enjoy the house and all the hard work we put in to live here.
Our master plan for the landscape. We’ve been slowly planting things for six years now.
The septic field is cut. Just need to clean some branches up and mow a bit more
This is the pine tree in the north meadow that is now about 2-3′ tall. I planted it as a sapling.
You can see three of our Christas trees, two in the foreground right and one way in the distance center.
Daisy is enjoying some time on the screen porch.
Every spring we like to go around and see what’s getting ready to sprout, or leaf
Our wild ramps we planted last year survived summer and winter. They’re looking good.
These woods are next to our house on land that may go up for sale. I’m hoping they don’t cut down all of these trees.
This leaning tree and the one laying down in the foreground fell down last year out by the septic field
Round three of me working to preserve my gravel driveway. Last year and this winter have been rough on the driveway. A couple years ago I spread out a few tons of 411 limestone. Then last year I had Driveway Dave bring in a few tons and tamp them down where the pot holes are at. At the time Dave said I need to ditch around the perimeter, to route water under the drive. Possibly add a second pipe under the driveway. The surface water is creating and preserving the pot holes. Adding more gravel isn’t doing much.
In a perfect world I’d hire an excavating company to come out and fix the drive. Or in a slightly less perfect world I’d rent one of those kickass little baby excavators and dig my ditches using that. But here in the real world where I live month to month, I’m digging my ditches by hand. And I’ll have five tons of 411 delivered in two weeks (cost about $150-$300 delivered).
It’s really tough to gauge the fall of the land but from far away it looks like if I dig one continuous ditch along the south side it’ll route all the surface water to my one pipe, and under the driveway.
The ground is super wet due to a huge rain storm we had yesterday, so I decided to start digging and see how it would go. It went pretty good. I figured out to dig with the ditch, at one end of it, as opposed to against it or standing to the side. There’s a lot of thick grass and the ground is oversaturated so it was slow going, back breaking work. But the water is flowing along the ditch so that’s encouraging.
Ultimately my goal is to have a nice two track driveway devoid of potholes. We’ll see how well my ditches work once I finish them and it rains again. Maybe I finally found my calling in life.
Another view of my ditch.
A picture of my ditch.
They look like game trails, and probably are to a certain extent, but they’re also the route for surface water. I’m digging a ditch to move water left to right towards the pipe instead of over my driveway.
Land flows right to left. My new ditch should route it towards the foreground.
Progress on my ditch along the driveway. Dig along with the ditch, not cross wise. Much easier.
Water is already traveling along my ditch in the right direction.