1 The heavy rains created a big mess overnight. Water washed away the gravel on the carriage roads leaving a lot of cleanup work for the outdoor grounds crew. Fernando is raking debris and leveling the road in front of the blog study.
2 The water moved too fast from higher points on the farm taking soil and gravel with it - a lot of gravel ended up on the grassy lawns.
3 Pete is raking gravel near my driveway from the sides back to the center of the road. It is crucial that roads have crowns, where they are higher in the center and lower at the sides, so water can flow properly during storms.
4 Heavy rains also washed a lot of the soil out of the beds. The rain moved the soil from the clematis pergola to the grass.
5 The garden beds were drenched.
6 Wilmer raked the soil into trug buckets. The upside down terra-cotta pots are covering post bases, so no one trips over them - they're part of another project.
7 Wilmer carefully redistributed the soil back into the beds.
8 And then raked the beds, making sure none of the precious bulbs were disturbed.
9 The clematis pergola looked so much better after Wilmer was finished.
10 Across the carriage road, surging rain waters created new paths through this bed where hundreds and hundreds of bulbs were planted last fall.
11 The combination of heavy rains, and the leftover snow from last week, caused ponding.
12 The rainwater flowed downhill from the Tenant House to the carriage road.
13 This area is between my blueberry pergola and my quince trees. In some locations, where the ground was still frozen, the ground could not absorb the water fast enough.
14 There are about four miles of carriage roads at the farm. These roads are very important because they provide the best footing for my horses.
15 Many trees that were holding onto their leaves lost a lot of them in this storm because of the high winds.
16 This section of the road at the Boxwood Allee eroded and is in need of repair.
17 The natural flow of water down this carriage road to the stable was so fast, it brought lots of dirt and debris along with it.
18 There were lots of puddles and stagnant water pools that didn't drain.
19 The ground was so saturated the water just collected in areas, softened the soil and created holes.
20 The hole left a pool of water and rocks. It is important to assess your home's property after storms, so repairs can be made quickly if needed.
21 Tree pits were washed away too.
22 The debris was washed downstream and stopped at the drains; luckily these drains were not clogged or completely blocked.
23 The Linden Tree Allee looks okay - I am glad we didn't lose a lot of branches in this area.
24 But, the road did suffer erosion - this will have to be fixed also.
25 Without any swales by this road, water runs off, mixing the soil with the gravel. It nearly covered all the cobblestone pavers in the Allee.
26 My catch basins are covered with bluestone caps. The grated drain openings are on the sides. If you have catch basins or storm drains on or near your home's property, be sure they are always checked and cleared before a storm.
27 Rushing waters carrying organic debris blocked this catch basin and prevented water from draining in this area. The crew checks all of the catch basins after storms as well, so they can be properly cleared.
28 This entire section of the road heading down to my Run-In Shed was nearly all washed away by the heavy rains.
29 The swale ditch on this road overflowed and carried all this gravel with it downhill.
30 More road erosion
31 The grass was weighed down by strong rains and currents.
32 Fortunately, we didn't lose any trees, but lots of branches and twigs littered the roads. It is a lot of work to clean it up, but it is all part of owning and maintaining a farm.