landscape project underway

landscape project underway

PostBy: titleist1 On: Mon Jul 23, 2012 1:00 pm

I'll start by saying HGTV is a bad, bad thing, it gives bad, bad ideas to spousal units...like kitchen renovations, paint schemes, water features, etc...

So a few years back I promised adding water feature to the backyard. After a couple years of stalling I started a few weeks ago just in time for temps to hit the 100* mark. I didn't want the maintenance of a small pond and fish, so a small waterfall and pond-less set up is what we went with.

So far I think I have moved about 6,000 pounds of rocks by shovel and about 1,000 lbs of the bigger ones by wheel barrow or rolling them. I think I have about another 1,000 lbs to go.

I stuck the solar lights in to experiment with location before wiring in the LV lights.

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Re: landscape project underway

PostBy: sterling40man On: Mon Jul 23, 2012 1:40 pm

You got to keep them spousal units happy! :lol: Great work and it looks awesome! :)
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Re: landscape project underway

PostBy: freetown fred On: Mon Jul 23, 2012 6:53 pm

Looks real good titleist :) Why swap out the solar lights? Why feed the pig anymore then we must?
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Re: landscape project underway

PostBy: titleist1 On: Mon Jul 23, 2012 11:12 pm

If the solar lights will get enough sun under the trees then I'll keep them there, but it is pretty shady for them to charge up.
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Re: landscape project underway

PostBy: freetown fred On: Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:35 am

Gottcha :) damn trees anyway :clap: toothy
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Re: landscape project underway

PostBy: coalkirk On: Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:52 am

Very Nice! Smart move doing the falls without the pond. My pond is starting to be a pain in the ass.
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Re: landscape project underway

PostBy: grizzly2 On: Fri Aug 10, 2012 5:05 am

Nice water feature. I agree that skipping the pond is a good idea unless you want to spend a couple years fiddling with it to get it balanced to stay clear like an aquarium.

I just put in a water feature yesterday. What a coinsidence :!: Actually I dug a drainage ditch from my garage back door to about 20 feet away from the house and garage. It poured later in the day and the water did run away from the buildings as planned. However it pooled up at the end of the ditch. We have very sandy soil , and I thought it would absorb into the ground much more quickly than it does.

My plan now is to enlarge the catch basin area. If that doesn't work I will dig a dry well. :gee:
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Re: landscape project underway

PostBy: Freddy On: Fri Aug 10, 2012 6:19 am

Perfect! My wife built a back yard waterfall 15 yrs ago.... the pond is a pain in the butt! I keep asking her to fill it in, but as of yet, no.
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Re: landscape project underway

PostBy: Dann757 On: Fri Aug 10, 2012 7:10 am

Very nice Titleist1. It doesn't have to be a spousal unit; it can also be a landlady. I put hers in probably ten years ago. I finally refused to service the pump; got her trained!! Miracle. It used to have a UV algae killer in line, a big green covered barrel looking thing that had a lot of plastic honeycomb cereal looking things in it, that was supposed to keep the algae down. . Now it's just the pump and the little waterfall. One of those black poly pond tubs, probably 50 gallons.
The whole shitload needs to be taken out and redone; but I'm not making the suggestion!
There's a BULLFROG living there now! How a bullfrog got in there I'll never figure out.
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Re: landscape project underway

PostBy: titleist1 On: Wed Aug 15, 2012 7:32 pm

Progress so far....

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Somewhere between 5 & 6 ton of rocks are hand shoveled in place. I guess i just missed the winter shoveling of the little black rocks so much I had to find something similar for the summer project!! :lol:

I think 1 pallet of flat slate for the retaining wall at the bottom will be the Saturday project.

Was going to build a gazebo, but wimped out and found one for sale that was pretty nice and had it moved into place.

The decorating committee has not decided on the ground cover leading to the stone around the stream, I am hoping for mulch since it is lighter to shovel than rocks.

The solar lights are still working well so I don't think I'll have to run low voltage wire after all.
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Re: landscape project underway

PostBy: freetown fred On: Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:19 pm

Hell titleist, you keep that up, you can have a Labor Day shin-dig--looks real good my friend. :) That sun is pretty good stuff. ;)
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Re: landscape project underway

PostBy: whistlenut On: Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:23 pm

Hey Fred, what is the drive-time for the 8N to Cecile County, Maryland? Just thinking that IF you were invited, you might have to fuel it up ( the 8N ) and pack a bag..........get on the road VERY soon. 8 mph...8hr days.....450 miles.....tavern stops.....estimate 45 of them.....Man, you'd be "Stylin' ". Stop along the way for some 'companionship'. You, my friend, would be living and sharing the 'Dream'.

Nice landscape project...hard work; sore back, legs, knees, feet.......and gnarled hands...... :D ;) :!: 8-)
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Re: landscape project underway

PostBy: titleist1 On: Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:28 pm

Of course Fred's invited. But I'd have thought he would be riding the horse down and leaving the 8N at home. He'd fit right in coming through Amish country on his way here. I think attendance will be a little sparse down here though, I think everybody is still in line at Freddy's for those loans he was handing out!!
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Re: landscape project underway

PostBy: freetown fred On: Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:56 am

Sparse is good---mode of transportation is still up in the air--tavern stops??? MANDATED :cheers: :clap: toothy
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