Thursday, March 31, 2016

Preparing Sun Garden for Planting; March 2016

This 20 x 20 foot area had not been weeded and maintained for quite a while.
The plan is to put in grasses and native plants that can tolerate dry sun, while creating a screen, habitat and visual interest.
First, the old Boxwood and Korean Holly came out.
Perennial weeds and stuff was dug out.
Soil raked and sifted for rocks:
150 buckets of rocks came out of this little area - about 4,500 pounds!
(Luckily, they found a willing home protecting a stream bank from erosion)
Stay tuned for planting next month.

 Norman Jake and Alan successfully hauling off the trophy stump.
Below, mostly finished grading.  Waiting for plant delivery.

Beginning Roof Work

Before recoating the roof:
  the fascia boards were taken off,
  the outer 2 inches of yucky roof junk was cut off with a Sawzall,
  insulation was carefully put in the outer part of the eaves,
  protection boards were put up to seal off the eaves, 
  beefy fascia boards were screwed up over the protection boards,
  all were primed to get ready for flashing on top.

Above, Alan on ladder cutting the outer edge of roof.

To right, edge fascia boards have come off and the edge of roof trimmed off.

Above, Alan has put in insulation and then protection boards on back.

To left, the same is happening on the front of the house, at the same time as the garden prep.
 Here, Alan works with Norman Jake installing the fascia on top of the protection boards.  Garden prep still happening!Finally, in the twilight, garden prep is done, some of the fascia boards are up and primed.

March 2016 New York AD Show

Architectural Digest holds an annual show at the Convention Center in New York.

It attracts all ages and craftsman as well as bigger vendors:

Abandoned piers below Riverside Park on the Hudson, walking to the Javits Center.

Via 57 West, a new residential building of rental apartments near the Convention Ctr.

Hand crafted glassware, strikingly displayed.