As I write this I'm busy freaking out over the landscapers. They are digging in the front yard and using the forklift attachment on their Bobcat to poke into the soil and break it up. Our front yard has a water tank/leach field for the roof drainage. The tank is only a foot under the ground (or so I've been told by the builder). I really shouldn't be here when they do this. They don't seem to be breaking anything, just raising my blood pressure. My doctor wouldn't appreciate it.
But it is starting to come together very slowly. They have been here for a week and this is what the back yard looks like. They have spent most of the time playing with string and levels making sure it all drains properly and is flat across the yard in the other direction.
You can just see the semicircular patio section that will go in. The pathway goes right in front of the bulkheads. Between the bulkheads I intend to have raspberries. They will be enclosed by four sides so I shouldn't have much of a spreading issue. On either side of the semicircle will be a dwarf apple tree. I'm thinking Honey Crisp and Ginger Gold. The far corner will have a hot tub with a roof over it (eventually). My townhouse mates love their hot tub. I'll be using it occasionally too I'm sure.
The other side of the back yard and side yard (which you can't see) will have my vegetable beds and compost area. You can probably just make out where the path will go. Right now they taken most of my compost area apart and shoved it back against the fence. I'll have to get it cleaned up for hurricane Earl. We ought to just get a glancing blow here. The Cape and the islands will get hit big, but we are just under a tropical storm watch, not a hurricane watch. I expect I won't see many of those leaves by the time the storm ends though. I think they will be gone.
Copyright 2010 by Sally Naish, my landscape designer
These are the plans for the yard. I'm really glad I'm not the one doing the work for all this. The temps have been in the 90s all week long. I really feel sorry for them. But after the hurricane passes it will be much cooler. In fact very nice weather. I suppose I ought to get my derriere in gear though. I haven't really made plans for the raised beds. I would love to get part of them in this fall, but it might be a little while. I might live with the majority of them as ground level beds for a while and just mound up the soil to make them slightly raised. The two beds in front of the back door I want done pretty quickly though with real sides.