With the outside of the property, obviously it takes time for plants and trees to grow. So check back with me in 5 years haha! But taking care of the old oak trees through an arborist has already made a HUGE difference. We're also really happy with how the steps have turned out. There is still a little work to be done which Shawn has been doing himself including filling in the gravel and finishing up the rock borders. This involves carrying buckets of of the gravel and rocks from the front of the property.
Come with me as I take you on a walking tour of the downslope:
Two years ago, we bought this overgrown jungle:
|View from top of slope|
Same spot now, (you can still see the manzanita tree in the middle). The tree to the left was diseased and was chopped down:
Next, we look to the left at the first sitting area. The approx. 150 year old oak tree was in a sorry state, as you can see:
|Oak tree is flourishing!|
Walking towards the sitting area - it was covered in concrete, choking the trees. We removed and added gravel and bordered in the lava rocks that are all over the property. Plants are mexican sages and ornamental grasses.
Before, looking towards the sitting area from below:
Shawn planted fruit trees throughout the slope. A LOT of fruit trees. We now have - Lime, Valencia Orange, Granny Smith Apple, Rio Red Grapefruit, White Grapefruit, Peach, Bing Cherry, Bleinham Apricot, Fuji Apple, Bartlett Peach, Tangerine, Nectarine, Santa Rosa Plum. and Gojee berry.
And we already have the lemon tree.Besides becoming extremely regular, we may have to open a fruit stand.
(I'm pretty sure our neighbors are laughing at us planting all these fruit trees because of the deer. But Liquid Fence actually works if you are vigilant!)
Moving on, this is the bottom of the slope, looking up. And that was AFTER we had had some cleanup done!
Another view from the bottom of the slope looking north towards St. Helena:
clusterfuck. I certainly HOPE it goes smoothly, but traffic is definitely going to be a nightmare.
Back to our booty bootcamp - I mean down slope - moving on to the other side of the slope we have the third flat part, then a set of stairs up.
|Who needs spin class anymore?|
At the top of the steps, we weaved this portion through some of the boulders we uncovered:
Here is a shot of the slope from this side, looking south.
|(I would have liked to have kept the Agave but I was vetoed on that one)|
Are you out of breath yet?!? To give you an idea of how much of a workout this loop is, come along with me if you dare as I videotaped myself doing it. Except that I sped it up, so that I sound like a chipmunk running on cornflakes. I'm twisted. (Sorry if this makes anyone dizzy!)