Concrete 2, Boys 0
Wyatt jumped onto terrace #1, but banged his r.shin on the jagged block edge. Three and a half hours later we were on our way back from the Riverton InstaCare. He got 8 stitches in the lips that appeared across his shin. Meanwhile, in St. George, Chase's tennis coach was calling to report that Chase booted a concrete wall and suffered toe damage. We took him to InstaCare Saturday night: no broken bones, just bruises. Saturday morning & afternoon I used my DeWalt 400 grinder w a Ryobi 4" double row diamond-cup grinding wheel to round-over the jagged upper edge of about 400' of concrete landscape block.
Working right to left: problem blocks next to rounded-over blocks.
Jagged edged bock, seconds before being rounded-over.
Time will tell whether this was a well spent afternoon. I've shredded my shins and calves on the jagged block each season..
3 rows w 27 rounded-over blocks. I did the top two rows on terrace 1, and the top row on terrace 2.
Nice 1/2" round-over. Your chin will still hit concrete, but no chisel edge.
"Purge your (invasive, Myrtle) Spurge", the request from SL County
While technically not mine, it was on County property, and I did purge (most of) it.
"Purge your (Mrytle) Spurge", request from SL County
Our absent neighbors had a bit of it spilling out toward the park. I dug up and hauled off most of the spurge in the picture in about 4 hours Fri/Sat.
4, 45 gal bags yesterday, and 3, 45 gal bags today, and the Spurge is Purged
There is more across the fence on the neighbor's property, but they can deal with that. The stuff by the road, and threatening the park, is gone for this year.
It looks ratty now, but wait until tomorrow.
3072 pounds of block, 2200 pounds of topsoil, and a few sprinkler parts.
Estimated 50, 64lb blocks, used 48: 3,072 lbs of block today.
pallet -> cart -> van -> driveway -> the wall: 6 tons of block fiddling.
the sprinkler pipe she needs to be much lower..
Almost ready for topsoil (which has blocked the drive since March)
Plants all near the drive, no sprinkler heads, no topsoil, shrub oak, sick plant
Two cubic yards of "Bio Grass" block the east end of the driveway
BioGrass dude says each bag weighs 1,100 lbs: unmovable objects.
Step 1: dig a deeper sprinkler pipe trench so the top layer of blocks can be put in place.
Step 2: Extend the deeper trench, and add two 4" pop-up 360 degree adjustable heads.
Step 3: add a 2nd head to the new area, leaving it 2" above the drive (and soil)
Step 4: take a few pics, noting how hammered that bush is (now)..
Step 5: work like crazy for 3 hours until the dirt is in, the plants are moved & watered
2,200 lbs of dirt from the east end of the drive to the new area.
Lilac bushes to the back, so the sprinklers can water whatever we plant
So, did I need one more block in the bottom and next row up??? Time will tell.
The bushes along the back will get harsh midday sun, but then get a break.
East drive is open again, two cubic yards of dirt are gone, about .5 cubic yards remain
Plenty of room for a great flower bed. Solar lights mark the new pop-up sprinklers