Sunday, October 7, 2012

Building Bridges

While I've been mothering my new front lawn (which you can see in the distance above), I've also been working on what I call my "bridge project" -- building little wooden bridges that help guide rainwater runoff away from the cabin and also keep my mulch pathways from washing away.

So far I've built eight bridges, using leftover lumber that we pulled off the walls in the bathroom and guest room remodels.

For the latest portion of the project, above, I tried to build a little retaining wall and then dug a graded trench that hopefully will channel the rainwater down toward the front of the cabin and into the front garden, then onto the driveway.  If this doesn't work, I'll have to dig a French drain along this channel.

See? The projects are never-ending up here.


  1. Please, what's a French drain? I think the whole landscaping looks great, by the way.

    1. A french drain is a ditch, about 2 feet deep will do. You then place a perforated pipe in that ditch, which should travel downhill, toward where you want the water to drain. Backfill the ditch with gravel, then top it with a few inches of topsoil. This french drain will then pull the groundwater down and out to the drain's end.