April 2, 2013
Tete A Tete and Landscaping Project Reality Check
Drifts of 'Tete a Tete' mini daffodils are blooming right now in my front yard along with some blue Chionodoxa forbesii. The red stems of 'Coral Charm' peonies are getting taller. It's spring break this week and yesterday afternoon was warm enough to let the kids run through the sprinkler out back. Highs in the 70's are very rare for spring break in Spokane, so we're all enjoying it this year.
We have a start date from the landscaping company for our big backyard project: April 15. If all goes well they think they will be done in a week, but we all know that things never go quite as planned with construction projects. Take the budget, for instance. I thought I had set aside a generous amount that would be more than enough to cover all the items on my wish list. When the estimate came in at double the budget, we had to scale back.
Goodbye stone retaining walls, hello berms (thankfully that has worked well for us in the front yard). Goodbye soil hauling, shrub planting and bark spreading by the landscaping company, hello to my husband of the year for volunteering to do those parts. Thankfully, we'll still be able to have the flagstone path made, get most of the lawn removed and the remaining grass contained with metal edging, have the new swing set cemented in and have the sprinkler system adjusted.
The company will also be digging a 4 feet deep trench and installing a Plexiglas barrier to keep the neighbor's aspen tree roots from taking over our yard (as they're starting to do already). That part of the project is taking a third of the budget, ugh. But I've seen the havoc that unconfined aspens can do to a yard, so I'm glad to get this done now. Anyway, it's exciting to look forward to this project and I'll be posting more about it along the way.