Scrap metal for a fantastic bird

Silt fence is in place to prevent erosion
Silt fence is in place to prevent erosion (right)

And so, the regrading and reseeding of the backyard is complete. (Thanks to Michael W. for the pics.) Apparently it has been raining nearly every day in Chapel Hill since this was completed (July 23rd). This can be a good thing (no need to rely on residents to have to remember to water) or a bad thing (raining so much that the seed washes away). Hopefully, the washing away will be deterred by the layer of straw on top of the ground. In the category of “one thing gets fixed, another thing gets broken” is the chain link fence on the SPE parking lot side of the property. It had been taken down to be used as an access point during the demolition, and then again during the regrading and is now, essentially, unusable in its current state.

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Bamboo removal, step one

There’s still lots of work to be done but progress is made on removing/destroying the bamboo in the backyard.

Backyard, March 2009

Backyard, March 2009

Backyard, March 2009

Next steps involve finishing the removal (in the back left-hand corner) &  getting rid of the pile of bamboo currently there (which the contractor, Jim Riley of New Growth Landscapes, will be doing within the week). Then, there will need to be some regrading of the land plus reseeding of the yard to function as an actual place to hang out. Who knows, maybe some flag football is in the offing?

Pictures are thanks to Amy Olsen! Thanks!

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