Thursday, October 9, 2014

Summer Vacation #3 - The Dry Riverbed

My neighbor had some drainage issues that were resolved by digging a trench and filling it with stones.  To me it was a thing a beauty and a solution to my problem of dirty basement windows on the side of the house where nothing will grow.  Well moss grows there, some weeds, the occasional piece of grass, and mud.  Mud does well there.  It then splashes up on the basement windows.  This is not a pretty sight when sitting in the man cave downstairs. 
Soooo, the landscape company truck arrived yet again and the wheelbarrow got dragged out again. It's supposed to look like a dry river bed.  What do you think?
Okay, try to picture it without the green hose and the downspout.  Like this?
Don't let that green color fool you.  It's mostly moss.
Now does it look like a dry river bed?  Am I the only one who sees it?

Lessons learned:
  • Don't tell the driver to dump the load in the middle of the driveway blocking the garage doors.
  • Don't overfill the wheelbarrow.
  • Don't get annoyed with the neighbors when they start saying things like, "What are you trying to do, kill yourself?" or "Let me give you the name of my landscaper."
  • Do be prepared to back up your claim that it looks like a dry riverbed, preferably with photos of actual riverbeds.


  1. I think .... if you two like it and if it solves the muddy windows problem, it's just right :D

  2. Totally looks like a dry river bed to me! Much better than mud. You know I'm working on my back yard landscaping and have tons of rock coming. Hope mine looks as good as yours. Thanks for the tips...I'll need them.

  3. I think that looks like a dry river bed! I see your vision. And how well do I know that splashing of mud on the basement windows, not to mention the lower part of the house. Been there, had that. I went the gravel and stone route just like you.

  4. Yes, it does look like a dry river bed. A good way to solve the problem.

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