The saga of the sump pump burial is finally over! Our (few) loyal readers may recall from this post that we had to call in reinforcements to help us finish the trench project. Our sellers’ (Bob Stammel from Howard Hanna) ended up coming over with his son-in-law and the two of them endured insane heat/humidity and finished just before a huge storm. Bob brought everything they needed and the two of them knocked out the job in under four hours for $200 total. Best. Money. Spent. Ever.
The only casualty of the project was the second garden bed, which we had not planted this year (and which was getting overgrown). Part of it had to be ripped up to allow the trench and trencher to pass through. In the end, we can’t believe how happy we are without it. Once it’s fully cleared and reseeded with grass, it’s going to look so much cleaner.
Our next task is to design something pretty and functional for the area around where the pipe now discharges water. The property generally slopes down to the road, but we need to direct the water a little better and so it doesn’t create a mud hole between our house and the neighbor’s.
Anyone have experience or ideas from a similar project or problem area to share? Leave us a comment 🙂 I’m thinking some adaptation of a rock garden — maybe like this one or some of these — that would act as an extension of the hedges and lilac bush already near the discharge point to redirect the water and help it move down hill a little more gracefully.