Pssst, my Zentange Postcard Research Project finished in the Winter battles!
So to take its place, I am proposing...
Research Project Name: Garden edging/retaining wall
Brief Description: My yard looks a mess and needs serious help, the biggest problem being the side of the house along the driveway that is a slope that is eroding, as well as some areas around the trees in the backyard where the sandstone "edging" has fallen apart. Pictures to come.
Step one - survey/measure the area to determine how many of each kind of stone needed (mini, small, large, trapezoidal). Since I can't hijack our total station from work (or spend the $25,000 on one of my own), I'm going with the water-filled tube method. I have ordered the clear tubing already, waiting for it to arrive and hopefully work. Then I will grid out the area, and take measurements and relative elevations. This leads to
Step two... Calculations! Lay out the stone design to get the desired shapes, and determine how many of each I'll need. Also, roughly calculate how much dirt will be needed.
Step three - put off ordering materials because you really don't want to move on to step four.
Step four - actually do the construction. Ugh.
Step five - plant some things.