Landscaping update

I know, it seems there’s not much in the way of BOOKS or REVIEWS going on here lately. I don’t like it either. There’s good news, though. I think pretty soon now I’ll be able to concentrate more on reading and less on the landscaping project and construction of the new deck.

Deck: the deck is 95% finished, all that’s left is the filling of nail holes, sanding of railings, and the staining. That has to be done when the deck is dry and will be dry for a few days afterward. Too bad we’ve now entered the rainy season, which will last about 8 months, so unless we get a nice long dry spell, that final bit could take months. Blame the scheduling of the deck company and the one man crew they assigned to the large two level deck. Anyway, the sawing, banging, tapping and all the other noises are over, and that’s a very good thing indeed.

Landscaping: that’s also at about 90-95%, there is one more section of the irrigation to be finished, a fence and gate to be installed, the mulch to be blown in, a few final small jobs. All the plants are in, and now that the deck guy is gone, with his boards, saws and cords, we can see what the whole thing looks like. I’ll try to get some “after” photos, but it’s supposed to rain all week, so we’ll see.

The five week job will end up taking 8.5 weeks, mostly because they didn’t realize the amount of work needed for the retaining walls. Unfortunately, instead of having the last month of summer to enjoy the new outdoor space, we’ll have to look out at it in the rain – barring an Indian Summer – until late next spring when the weather warms up and dries out. Ah well, such is Portland.

Phots coming as soon as I can, then we’ll get back to books. As soon as I get some read.

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8 Responses to Landscaping update

  1. Pingback: Landscaping update | The Broken Bullhorn | Landscaping

  2. Jeff Meyerson says:

    We’ve felt like we’re living in Portland for August – the rainiest month ever in New York since records have been kept – and September (the combined two months also the wettest ever) and on into October (the last 10 days have been rain, rain, rain). What made it worse was that we had several storms dumping 5-8 inches on us in a day.

    They swear we’re about to enjoy the longest dry period since July. We’ll see.

    Good luck. Sounds like a lot of work and (as George would say) stimulating the economy.

  3. I’m glad to hear it’s almost done.

  4. These projects ALWAYS take longer than expected (and cost MORE). Our leaves are changing. Fall is the prettiest season around here.

  5. Richard says:

    It’s just too bad that the very week they finish up the warm summer days go away and it’s cool, windy, rainy. There’s not a clear dry day in the forecast. Drat.

  6. Diana says:

    Go to There are a lot of cool and inspirational commercial and residential landscape pieces of art.But they are in Burnaby,BC Canada

  7. Patti Abbott says:

    We, like Jeff, have a week of dry weather forecasted. We can only hope.

  8. Richard says:

    We’re hoping they can stain the deck a week from Friday…

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