I rented the Dingo again and moved dirt around to prep the job site for the Palouse wet season. This process involved pushing soil downhill to form a natural grade that fits the hillside. The goal is to allow water to flow naturally downhill without collecting around the foundation. After moving dirt en masse wirth the Dingo, I raked and raked to smooth out the ground.
I think it turned out pretty well.
Tracy Brown from the Watersheds Program seeded the jobsite with grasses and other natural flora. This helps suppress both soil erosion and the inevitable weeds that crop up whenever soil is disturbed.
Tom Lamar then spread straw around the job site to further protect the soil from erosion. This also helps keep birds from eating all of the newly spread grass seed...
Tom also placed buckets with stones over each pier to protect the exposed angle iron from direct moisture until the building itself serves this function.
Not sure what the upended picnic table is all about, but I suppose one could picnic up there in the snow... :-)
Yay! The job site is now prepared for the inevitably wet winter and spring.
On to milling and then finally to timber framing!