Garten04 Oct 2009 08:44 pm

english german 

On Sunday we headed to our favorite OBI and bought some cherry laurel bushes to plant in the front two planters.  First we dug the holes.


Then we planted the bushes.


Kimberly hid a bit behind the bushes.


And then she watered them.


Now that’s much better, the front is green and now we can sit back and wait for the grass to catch up.

front frontdoor

Garten03 Oct 2009 08:34 pm

english german 

Green!!  It’s all  in a weekend’s work.  On Saturday we decided it was time to plant some grass so after Jach came to deliver the roller, even on a holiday he was willing to bring it over to us, we started raking the yard.  Unfortunately, the trees in the back had it in for us and dropped as many leaves as we were able to rake up but we weren’t discouraged by it and kept on raking.

driveway with the roller raking

After we raked as much as we could we leveled out the soil with rakes and the roller.  Once everything was good and even, we spread out the fertilizer and then the grass seed.


We then raked it all again to get the seed to work into the soil.  Then it was time to roll it all iover again.


Of course after 8 hours of working on the yard the last thing we did was water the seed.


Now for it all to grow!  Notice the leaves all over the yard? Well, now those seeds are warm under a blanket of leaves.  Now to get some bushes for the front.

Garten02 Oct 2009 08:18 pm

english german 

Monday: On Monday the men prepared the driveway and brought the existing underground pipes for sewage and water to the right level.

mo-deckels mo-deckel mo-house

Tuesday: They had a few last things to finish before laying the stones on Tuesday. Before we left for work they were still preparing the driveway and by the time we got home the driveway was finished.

du-driveway tu-deckel tu-driveway

Wednesday: On Wednesday all was quiet on the housefront and the coffee I had made and left by the front door remained untouched.

Thursday: On Thursday they worked on Sabine and Michael’s driveway.

Friday: Friday was the day they finally did the last bits of work on our driveway and the filled in the rest of the soil around the house and in the front.  They also did the remaining touches to our water pump for our rain water tank and then cleaned up the yard of any last hints of work that had been done there.  It’s amazing to think a month ago this was all dirt.

fr-front2 fr-front3 fr-edging fr-driveway fr-side fr-back

Garten26 Sep 2009 07:58 pm

english german 

This week’s progress started with the edging around the house and the outer bricks of the front step on Monday.

starting starting

step step

Traufkante done front step

On Tuesday the work continued.  The men spread the dirt and then the ground soil to make it nice and even.

dirt soil soil1 soil4


Quiting time!

parked feierabend

On Wednesday the men were here bright and early at 7 am to start again.  Now the front has an edge and you can see where my front bushes will go.  Now to figure out what kind of bushes should go there.

Thursday front

Yet another decision is what kind of stones to use for the edging.  How about granite pieces?


Thursday was yet another busy day.

laying stones stones

Finally on Friday they had finished the front step and the driveway, at least where we park the car.

cutting stones driveway step

Garten19 Sep 2009 04:50 pm

english german 

Alexander Jach our landscaper has only been working a week on our yard and it looks great already.  At least we all think so.

Monday: The big thing that changed was his sign and the fact that the tree stumps that we’ve had in the back yard since we bought the lot are now gone.  He also dug out around the window wells.  We had good intentions on Sunday to move all our flowers and grill to the neighbors’ yard, but it wouldn’t stop raining the whole day so everything was still there on Monday.

mo_gartenmitblumen mo_jach mo_wurzeln mo_lichtschacht_frei

Tuesday: The dry well is in place and connected to the rainwater pipe.  Three cement rings for the second dry well were waiting ready to be placed on the other side of the house.  One of four window wells was raised and we managed to bring the flowers and garden junk over to Sabine and Michael’s yard for storage until we’re finished.

di_sickerschacht di_lichtschachthoch di_lichtschacht_hoch di_blumenweg

Wednesday: The last 3 window wells were raised, the 5000 liter rainwater tank was delivered and our stones for the driveway are waiting patiently to be placed in position.

mi_tank mi_pflastersteine

Thursday: As they tried to dig a hole for the water tank, the first problems arose.  They hit a thick cable which no one could identify.  After a complete dig stop, to make sure no electricity was running through it, it turned out to be just a part of the cable used when they were building.  It’s now out and gone.

do_starkstrom do_brunnenring do_sickerschacht do_regenentwaesserung do_tank1

do_tank2 do_tank3do_einschlaemmen do_ringanpassen do_sickerschacht2 do_rohrsystem do_tankweg

Friday: The yard was leveled, a bit of soil was delivered, trash was taken and then a bit more soil delivered.

fr_mutterboden1 fr_bagger fr_feierabend

We’re waiting excitedly to see what next week brings.

Garten16 Sep 2009 09:24 pm

english german 

After digging the ditch for the electric cable we burried her up and started the next project which had to be finished in a week because our Landscaper Alexander Jach called up to tell us he would be bringing the machines to start the garden on Monday. Armed with a drill, 200 screws and anchors, 40 meters of metal protective strips and some clear silikon we went to work on the metal barrier between the plastic basement covering and the house. This will be an extra moisture barrier between house and basement.

progress capleistedrilling capleiste2 finished side

Garten30 Aug 2009 09:28 pm

english german 

Someday we hope to have a shed in the backyard and maybe even a carport to keep the car happy and protected, but what is a shed and a carport without electricity??  That’s why we decided an electric cable running from the basement to the backyard was in order.  So how do you get a cable at least 80 cms (safe from frost)  under the ground?  You dig.  And that’s just what we did one sunny Sunday afternoon.  Thanks to our neighbor and the two of us digging…

th digging begins …and digging…stilldigging

…and looking for gold with the metal detector…metal detector

…and more digging…  digging

…and a bit of playing…familyaffair

…it only took from 11 am until 7 pm for us to finally finish.  No, we didn’t find any gold or valuables but we did have a nice looking ditch in the back and sideyard where we could put the cable and connect it to the house when we were done.

thecanal ground

This is the gasket inside and outside the house before we put the cable through it to electricity on the inside.

dichtungausen dichtunginnen

Here is the splitter where all 4 cables (shed, carport and pump for the underground rainwater tank) come together under the ground.

cableconnecting cables curve

Garten20 Aug 2009 06:56 pm

english german 

We talked to our lanscaper Alexander Jach and we should be getting our garden done by the end of September. That means cleaning up the yard of old concrete and trash that the various workers have left behind. No problem, we can do that. After a day’s work we managed to bring 3 car loads of trash to the dump including 700 kilos of concrete. Good thing concrete is the cheapest thing to bring to the dump.

muell1 concrete

Innenausbau12 Aug 2009 08:39 pm

english german 

Unfortunately, when we were planning the cabling with the electrician, way back when the living room was still just a figment of our imaginations, we forgot to include 2 antenna outlets which allows us to watch something on TV and at the same time record something different .  It’s a good thing we have empty ductwork from the living room to the basement so we could thread a second cable through and drill another hole in the wall for the second outlet.

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Not too long after that Martin found the time to finish all the cabling in the basement.  It’s finally done and looks great!

zentrale verteilerschrank

allgemein&Dach17 Jul 2009 06:23 pm

english german 

Let there be….. TV!!!  Yep, now even we can watch TV thanks to our new red satellite dish that was installed on the roof.  We could theoretically watch TV in 8 rooms we just need 7 more TVs to do it.  Let’s just hope the trees from next door don’t grow too much in the next few years to block our reception.

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