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Project driveway move

March 8, 2010

The property we built our home upon was once part of a large farm, composed of many fields connected by paths to move about with tractors and wagons.  When the farmer passed on, the land was divided amongst his family in some manner of apportionment, and in some cases, the divisions were made along these paths.   One such pathway  fell along the Southern boundary when I found it, and it seemed a logical place for a driveway in that it was already there and would not require the removal of more trees.   I simply extended it out to the roadway, and this is how it has been for the last seven years or so.

But, things inevitably change, and a church has purchased the tract of wooded acreage adjoining and plan to largely clear it and build their facilities there.  I’ve rather enjoyed our wooded vista and really hate to see it go.

All this brings me to the current project of moving a portion of our driveway.  As the propery next door went through the sale process, it was resurveyed and I noted that part of the curve of our drive fell on the neighboring land and needed to be moved.   In the picture below, the drive used to wind around the left side of the large pine.  I could have removed the pine and just a few other trees and moved the drive over half  a width and been done, but the tree was stately and since we wanted room to replant screening flora, it made more sense to re-reroute and straighten the path while we were at it.

Following the move and clean up, I’ve defined the line with T posts and plan to complete the fence over the course of the next few weekends.  Gravel arrives tomorrow morning, and I want to get it in place before Thursday’s forecasted rain or we will have one muddy mess on our hands.   I’m eager to replant, replacing random volunteer pine, gums, and diseased cherry with something fast growing, although I don’t know just what it will be yet.   Monday finds me just a bit creaky after the weekend’s exploits.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 8, 2010 3:27 pm

    Nice 😉

  2. Tim S. permalink
    March 8, 2010 8:05 pm

    Man, I’m not going to recognize the place when I come by…

  3. Elaine permalink
    March 9, 2010 9:05 pm

    Two words, Mark – wax myrtles!

  4. Garry permalink
    March 9, 2010 9:57 pm

    It looks nice Mark. Don’t plant Sweet Gum!

  5. March 10, 2010 1:31 pm

    Garry,

    Feel free to bring some wax myrtle starters on your next visit – we’ll plant ’em !
    I don’t think anyone actually plants sweet gums so much as they seem to plant themselves everywhere – one of natures best self propogating organisms to be sure.

    PS – gravel arrived yesterday – 36 tons of it.

  6. March 24, 2010 10:45 am

    Red maples grow fast if you want trees with leaves. A border of Leyland Cyprus will stay green, grow fast, and block sound.

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