Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Best 30th Birthday Ever, Part 6: The White Flag

I'm sorry, I just couldn't do it. I'm sure you're disappointed, but when I did the math and realized that I was going to have to haul 5 cubic yards of soil and decomposed granite from my driveway into my backyard, and then crawl around on my hands and knees to install 136 feet of steel metal edging, I threw up my hands. I'm sorry, but there was no way I was going to be able to do it myself.

This? Oh, this is just what five cubic yards of really heavy landscaping materials look like. Also known as a "no-go."

Enter Rigo the Landscaper. I met Rigo on Craigslist. He posted an ad and I responded. He came out to the house and gave me a quote, and from the moment he wrote down those three little numbers - 4, 8, 0 - I was in love. Yes, Rigo, I will happily go out and buy all the supplies and have the soil and DG delivered and pay you and your crew for labor if you will just please - please! - do the hardscape for me.

I even marked out where I wanted everything to go. Because I'm... particular.
My relationship with Rigo wasn't a match made in heaven. He was 45 minutes late to show up and give me the quote. He was nearly an hour and a half late on the actual install day. He tried to get me to rethink my design in one spot (does he know how many hours I put into that design???), but when I politely declined he happily did it my way (good thinking, Rigo). He was a little needy ("Erin, if I give you money will you go get food for me and my guys? I don't want to leave the job."), but he made up for all that in other ways, like sweeping the leaves from my driveway and mowing and edging my front and back "lawns" for free. And he just happened to have left behind a really snazzy, newish pair of pruning shears as well, and of course if he asks for them I'd happily return them, but otherwise...

I don't know that Rigo and I have long-term potential (although I do hate mowing and he did do a pretty decent job on that), but he was definitely Mr. Right Now.

Don't ask me what's going on with that little stone-lined pathway leading away from the DG area. It was an "extra" that Rigo threw in. Hey, it didn't hurt anything and it can be easily undone, so I'm not gonna argue.


I know it doesn't look like much just yet. Right now it looks like a brown, mucky mess because Rigo just hosed it down. But once I get the plants in the ground, and top those off with some mulch (bark? stones?), and add in a few decorative pots, and then maybe give the DG a good raking to get the big rocks out and get it all nice and neat - well, then I think it will look quite nice, if I do say so myself.

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