I have so much dirt to dig up and move to another location. I have filled 2 planters and plans to fill 2 more planters but there will still be sooo much dirt to deal with.
Solution: Take dirt to my parents house for them to use in their yard.
Okay, so I know it sounds silly to transport it to Santa Rosa but I can’t put it in the yard bin and I don’t want to pay to take it to the dump. I do still have one challenge, how do I get it to their house without a truck? Use trash bags? No, they get to heavy or could get holes in them.
I filled 12 buckets full of dirt and loaded them in the car. It was starting to rain again and the buckets had gone some water in them. Deciding it was better to empty them now than wait till I drove to Santa Rosa, went to the dumps to dispose of the dirt.
Removing full, heavy buckets from the back of a carpeted SUV is not an easy task. I had to lift them to the edge of the back of the car, breath, then dump them and hope it all fell outside the car. After repeating that 12 times, I was exhausted and decided it was time to shift the plan a bit.
During my next trip to Santa Rosa I traded vehicles with my parents so that I was using the Dodge truck with hard bed cover to move the dirt. I went to Home Depot and bought 10 buckets to fill the back of my of the truck. Probably could have fit a few more buckets in there but 22 is a good number to fill and move.
When I went to start filling the buckets for the first load in the truck, the ground had hardened and needed to be watered a bit so that I could work. Rosco decided it was time to play in the sprinkler, his first time ever, so I was entertained while I waited.
Rosco did not want to stop either so I moved the sprinkler so he could play while I worked. Once I got moving it did not take me long to fill the buckets and load them in the truck.
I took 3 loads of full buckets to the dumps. It made a dent in the yard.
Monday afternoon I found a co-worker that wanted some dirt so I filled load number 4 into the truck for them to take home. That load ended up being the one to clean up the area I was digging and allow me to see progress.
There is a clean-ish edge to where the fire pit area will end and most of the digging is completed.
Remaining items to do:
- remove pile of gravel
- level ground
- fill and reload all buckets to send with parents
- budget sand and gravel
- plan weekend installation
- buy fire pit.
The list may look small but it is still a lot of work. I will share more with you soon.