Above: at the west side of our property, rain from uphill comes through that drainpipe.
As of this moment, NOAA is predicting a 100% chance of rain overnight Thursday into Friday morning. I like those odds. Today I made sure the culvert at the back of the property is in good shape to handle the rain.
In the above photo, the area on the other side of the fence in front of the drain pipe had about 2' of Eucalyptus and other litter, and 3" of loose soil. All of that had to be cleaned up. I filled a 32 gallon barrel with the stuff. There are still some leaves, but I could not reach them through the fence.
Turning around and looking east/downhill, you can see the culvert and the neighbor's Aloe arborescens growing through the fence.
Blooming jade plant beyond the Aloe flowers.
Now about halfway down the culvert looking uphill. There is quite a slope. The erosion from rain events was very bad, hence our construction of a concrete channel. One storm we lost 3' of soil.
We had a bad wind storm recently and there was a whole lot of litter from the neighbor's Eucalyptus and trash palms. I raked it all out two weekends ago, and my blow-guy blew out the remainder last Friday. The pipe coming through the fence dumps the neighbor's washing machine water onto our property. Yes, this is a problem.
Still looking west/uphill, a little farther down...
Another different clump of neighbor's Aloe oozing through the fence.
And now the basin at the bottom of the culvert. This was filled with about 2' of washing machine black water, mud and sprouted weeds--trash palms, vinca major, Eucalyptus, stinging nettle, etc, etc blocking the drains. I cleared what I could from my side, then luckily the neighbor's mow-blow crew came for their weekly visit and cleared out the rest for me. Great guys!
This was not the most fun kind of gardening. Making something clean and functional isn't as glamorous or creative as making something stylish, trendy, or beautiful, but it was nearly as satisfying.
Now, rain, please commence. NOAA, please be right.