Saturday, May 22, 2021

Is this what zero-scaping is?

When we cut down the trees in our front yard we had some pretty big plans for fresh landscaping, including doing some terracing with some retaining walls. Pretty easy, right?

Don't laugh.

Because that's exactly what the landscaping guy did on the phone when I told him.

We'd priced things out online but hadn't yet actually ordered our supplies, so after measuring things out once again (measure twice (or thrice), build once, right?) I phoned a landscaping supply company to place our order. 

"I'd like to place an order for some supplies..." I began.

"What is it you're trying to do?" the guy asked.

"Well, we're going to put in some retaining walls..." I began again.

This time the guy on the phone just started laughing. 

"Good luck," he (finally) chuckled.

I...didn't know how to respond to that so I think I just sat there in stunned silence.

"It's not that I don't think you can do it," he clarified. "It's just...good luck finding supplies."

Because, turns out, that in addition to the lumber shortage (thanks, COVID), there's also a cement shortage (thanks, COVID). Evidently it's true because this place didn't have supplies for us and every other place I tried didn't have the supplies either. 

So now we at least have a good excuse for why our yard will continue to look like a mess for the next few months...

1 comment:

  1. This morning we were in Abingdon, Virginia, parked near the railroad track when a looooooong train came through. I'm used to the zippy short Amtrak trains that seem the most frequent when I'm near the train tracks here, but these trains are like 100+ cars (I counted one year.) Anyway, I saw cars loaded with cut wood, and also just big logs and I was shouting to Andrew, "LUMBER!! LUMBER!!" You'd think I was a kid who spotted Santa. :)

    I didn't realize there was a shortage of cement as well - wow.