Landscaping and Gardening
Essential land shaping and planting around your new house.
Ahead of time on your plot map you need to decide the various heights that you want to terraform the land to. Use a self leveling laser and a pole with markers to establish the height of the ground.
You can use paint on the ground to indicate how much ground still needs to be excavated away.
The excavator operator may also have their own laser system (but it is still best to have your own self leveling laser).
Changing buckets on excavator.
Rigging strings is another way to establish levels.
It is necessary to have mesh to keep out pests. Use window fly-screen.
It is best to have the soil beds completely off the ground. No need to raise the area where you walk. Make the bed units modular and stand alone. A height of 2 feet is a good choice. Provide sticks that stick up from back of soil container.
It is ok to use cottonwood (but not sure how may years it will last).
Make each enclosure just under 200 sqft to avoid needing a permit.
Here is an example grow enclosure (not mine)...
Typically these are purchased as bare root stock, but I have had poor experiences.
It is good to grow flowers mixed in with your vegetables because the right flowers can help keep the bugs away and attract the desired insects that help with pollination.
Repel unwanted bugs
Basil, garlic, geraniums, marigolds, lavender, nasturtiums, petunias, rosemary, sage and thyme.
Attract beneficial insects
button, cosmos and chamomile.