Monday, March 20, 2006


In response to Mallory's question about landscaping...

The grading in our backyard looks better on paper than in practice. Because our houses are built sideways on a gradual slope, the rain has carved out neat little burrows under the fences to take the most direct route downhill. All the more reason for us to get something in our backyard before all our topsoil is washed away.

I think we're going to have to make a retaining wall on the high side and possibly a dry creek bed on the lower side to ease the water along the planned grading. Then again, maybe we should just put a slip 'n slide under our gutters. The little one would like it.


Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

We had a similar problem at my parent's house when I was growing up. My dad the engineer devised this wonderful drainage system with terra-cotta pipes buried under the topsoil. It worked great for the first two years, then stopped.

Eventually we discovered that a colony of chipmunks had taken residence in them over the winter. We discovered this when my dad ran a high-pressure hose into the system and we saw a half-dozen soggy chipmunks blast out of the other end of the pipe at the edge of our property.

I also have an unnatural fear of soggy chipmunks.


11:48 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Sounds like something from Wallace & Grommet.

12:10 PM  
Blogger mal said...

*L* BP's story is great!

If you are planning on living there more than 5 years, take the time and use reinforced concrete for your drainage (mesh should be adequate). With slab on grade construction, that area is notorious for slippage if water is allowed to build up over time and once you start watering the landscape, you will add to the potential

Some days I am such a guy....eeeek

4:31 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I welcome the advice. Thanks.

7:40 PM  

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