replied to your post “i wrote up the whole Driveway Saga and should post it. As of today,…”
They may not have been legally entitled to the dirt. A friend’s neighbor had her GOOD topsoil stolen by workmen. She took them to law over it and got some sort of replacement. Might be worth at least threatening them with law to see if they’ll give back some sort of dirt…
Oh, there wasn’t much of it. I have a tiny yard. It’s just. It happens that every part they cleared down to subsoil to make room to pour concrete is where I’d planted bulbs and things, and I’d known they’d all get trampled but I didn’t quite understand that they’d be removed. I had, like… a literal carpet of snowdrops, and it was the only part of the yard I liked. Hyacinth bulbs Ann forced for her wedding, that i took home and planted and was going to give back. I knew anything alive would get squashed, but I just. I didn’t prepare myself for the stuff under the dirt to be gone. In the garden beds. Next to but not part of the driveway.
It wasn’t good topsoil. But it had my stuff in it.
I had gone through and dug up a lot of snowdrops and brought them to my sister, who had dutifully planted them, but FarmBaby dug up every single one and crushed it because she likes to play in dirt too.