(If you’d like to follow this project from the beginning you can start at Step 1 here)
Step 3 of Rear Garden Design Project.
After we scooped out the soil for the creation of a back entrance to our home certain considerations needed to be addressed. The water and gas lines running to our home needed to be lowered to a new appropriate frost depth. The John Borrelli Plumbing Company brought in heavy equipment and reinstalled all our lines after the town located the entry points of our utilities.
The digging for the utility lines was planned to do the least damage to our existing garden. We used the plans for the dry streambed as part of our guide.
And then the rains came and came and came. The sandy soil on the sides started to slide down towards our new door. We stared out our new back window for hours hoping that the passive drainage system I designed was going to do its job. It worked exactly as I intended but we really needed to get some structure to the entryway.
Since I collect round things, so much of my design work entails circles. The entrance was no exception since I wanted a semi-circle as the entrance. I plotted it out on paper and then used twine to circumscribe the dimensions.
About a week later the cement was poured onto the sand base and we breathed a sigh of release. No more soil leading right up to the doorway.