Sunday, July 13, 2008

All that Hard Work

Down the ditch. We had 2 gully washers in 2 days, with more rain today. Needless to say, all that topsoil, seed, straw and hard work has been washed away. We definitely needed the rain, but not in buckets...


We are really going to have to address drainage now. The 2 photos below show where a drainage pipe is buried underground that is supposed to drain water from the top of the hill by the barn down to the ditch. There is a grate near the barn to collect the water and direct it down this pipe. It works great when we don't have a lot of rain, but when we have gully washers, the pipe fills up and the excess water rushes down the hill. I'm thinking we need to just make this a drainage ditch....


Packed clay is what is left. Grass doesn't grow at all in these places, so we'll have to try to get topsoil spread again.
Even Daisy looks sad.

And here is where it all went. I bet this drainage ditch is going to have beautiful grass in about a week!

So, there goes the hill. Another set back. Oh well. My dear hubby is now talking about sodding some of the areas. I wish we could afford having someone terrace it, then plant seed with a seed drill....Please wish us luck.

4 comments:

BaxtersMum said...

OK - couple of suggestions - Much of it based on what I have observed here in the desert - its monsoon season here, and they have major flood control issues.

Rock can be your friend - try to figure out where you had the gully washers flow... if you can, trench the low lying areas and fill with gravel to make flood flow paths.

You also can mini-terrace the hill with gravel - put strips down in areas - it will catch much of the dirt and the seeds and do much of the terrace work for you.

Am very sorry. That has totally got to suck.

buckpony said...

Oh wow, thank you for the suggestions! Rock never even crossed my mind...There is going to be so much erosion on the hill from the horses anyway, not much grass is going to survive. There is a huge ditch already cut where the major part of the water rushes; it would be easy to fill with gravel....
Thank you for the suggestions! I'm open to ANYTHING!

fssunnysd said...

How disheartening! The gravel does sound like a good idea - especially since you already know where the water channels are. Rail-ties make great terracing as well, if you decide to go that route. With the added bonus of making nice steps for trail practice.... Good luck - Mother Nature sure can be a pain sometimes!

Pony Girl said...

Oh no, all that hard work washed away! I hope you get the drainage issue figured out. Rain can be good, but so damaging, too.

That little Tonto is such a cutie!