This is Max, my sister's kitty. He came to visit a few days ago and has made himself at home. He's checking out my new backyard (see previous post) in the following pictures.
Monday, May 19, 2014
Saturday, May 3, 2014
And the test begins! With climate change and more severe storms over the past few years, SC has experienced a drainage problem in the back and side yards. The water drains off or evaporates after it stops raining, but when you go days with too much rain, it begins to take its toll on the yard and my sanity.
The Before Pictures
During one of the downpours (4" in 2 hours) I waded out and took some pictures...
Before pictures when it was dry - side yard from the back (no grass and no drainage)
Side yard from the front...
So, we did what all good homeowners do and brought in several "experts" on drainage. After speaking to more than four different companies we decided to go with removing some of the shade barriers (wax myrtles), regrading the property and laying down new shade-tolerant sod.
The After Pictures
Backyard behind the gate. Three zhou zhou lorapetalum and a crepe myrtle (impossible to see in this picture) replaced the wax myrtles.
A dry stream bed was installed so that the water draining from our neighbor's yard is dissipated and flows downward through the back of our property.
Looking downstream so to speak - the water is supposed to follow the rock...
Stream bed from the opposite end...
The dogwood tree (afternoon)
(and early morning). The grass is Emerald Zoysia and is supposted to be shade tolerant.
Lots of pine needles
The water now drains from the gutter underground to the dry stream bed.
We had some minor rain a week ago and everything worked well, but only a huge downpour will tell the test. We'll keep you posted:)