Day 2 of the remodel started again at 5:30AM. Curt from Outside Living Concepts wasn’t kidding when he said they start early. Each crew was on time and I made sure to be up at that hour as well to be sure we were all on the same page before they began working.
With each of the crews the supervisor (for lack of a better word) was always on-site first thing in the morning so I quickly realized this was my chance to review what was set to happen on that particular day. Each would stop by periodically throughout the day but it was important to catch them first thing. Also, one person on the crew spoke English but sometimes only enough for us to confuse each other. Regardless, Curt or the supervisor were only a phone call away so it was never a problem.
So on day 2 George King and his crew at GK Escapes moved the old landscape rock to make room for the grass, began excavacation of the plants to be relocated (2 barrel cacti, an ocotillo and a Canary Island date palm) and dug trenching for new sprinkler lines, which later needed to be expanded. (We ended up with something called ‘water hammer’ so additonal capacity and a new valve had to be added).
The biggest job on day 2 ended up being the relocation of the canary palm. It took about twice as long as the contractor had budgeted but the crew did an amazing job, taking the necessary time to properly excavate and move the tree. None of the relocated plants are warrantied (which is to be expected) but as of this post, all are doing extremely well and it looks like they will make it. You can see the original location of the palm in the first photo, below.
For the barrel cacti, I was worried it would not make it because I’d always heard when transplanting cacti they must be replanted in the same direction as they were originally facing. When they were removed the crew didn’t mark the side that was exposed to the western sun but George alleviated my fears and said while that’s true with Saguaros, it’s not for barrels. And he was right because they are doing just fine nearly two months later!