Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The May/June Project is completed before September (just barely)!

The final step in the wall project was moving away all the extra rock.  At one point in the project we were not sure we had enough, but it turns out we had four pallets plus several trailer loads of rock which Terry and Kyle will put to good use on another project in Great Barrington.

This view from the street just after Terry and Kyle left for Great Barrington at the end of July shows catch basin number 2 in the left foreground.  Most of the bare soil has been reseeded, and erosion controls are in place. This is the first time in two years that there have not been a whole bunch of rocks around this tree.

 After Terry and Kyle left, Ricky came back and dug a trench across the driveway and installed a drain pipe for uphill water.  Once that was completed, we decided to postpone the final layer of material on the driveway until a time when there were no renters in the house, as the house would be inaccessible for a couple of days. 

That final surface was completed yesteray, and the very final step was compacting the stone with a roller. The driveway now has a nice crown which should divert water to the drainage ditches and pipes on either side.  

We have had very little rain this summer, and none is predicted for the next couple of weeks, either, so we'll have to wait to find out the results of all this effort.  The new grass seed has done surprisingly well, considering how little rain we've had.  Some places will need to be reseeded when the weather is a little cooler, but there has been enough growth in the places where it really mattered for erosion control. And here is how it looks this morning:

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