Wednesday, August 29, 2007

No need for a wrought iron fence

After careful consideration for this project we opted out of adding a wrought iron fence along the side of this property. Here are some before and after photos. Except for the evergreen hedge, almost everything was transplanted from other areas of the gardens, including the concave retaining wall.

Backyard Renovation

This backyard started out in 2003 by renovating the homeowners pond that was not very pleasing. The previous contractor had made all of the typical mistakes and left the homeowner with a bad taste in their mouth. After the pond renovation was completed the homeowner tried several attempts to have me come over and landscape around the pond but I never made the time. Shame on me for leaving her high and dry. I will never do that again. The first photo is of how the landscape looked shortly after the pond renovation and the second is how it looks today.

You will be the envy of the neighborhood

There’s nothing like the sounds, sights, and smells of nature. The alluring scents of wildflowers, the sights of gorgeous perennials and serene ponds, and the sounds of rushing waterfalls and birds and frogs chirping … there’s simply nothing like it. That’s why building and maintaining a water feature naturally is so important. Once you start adding chemicals to your pond, you run the risk of harming flora and wildlife that seek out your pond, and in some cases, the wildlife will avoid it at all costs. Pondering naturally is all about the ecosystem, the lifestyles, and the wildlife … just the way Mother Nature intended it to be.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Pondless Waterfalls

The waterfall is undoubtedly the most beautiful and favored feature in a water garden. If space is lacking in your yard or you have safety concerns with a pond, go pondless! The name basically explains it all. It’s a waterfall and stream, without the pond. So why would you want a waterfall without a pond? The truth is that a Pondless® Waterfall isn’t for everyone, but it can be a great alternative for someone who isn’t quite sure if a pond is right for their family.
Safety – Because there is no pool of water, a Pondless® Waterfall is a great option if you are concerned about safety issues associated with a traditional pond.
Cost – Cost can be a big factor when considering the type of pond you want to build. In most cases, the price of a Pondless® waterfall will be less than a pond, because there is less labor involved, as well as less rock and materials. Operating costs are also less. Because you’re not dealing with an established ecosystem, it’s not necessary to run the pump 24/7.
Space – The small size of the Pondless® Waterfall means you can build and enjoy a beautiful waterfall anywhere in you yard.
Maintenance - Taking care of your Pondless® Waterfall is easy. Filling the reservoir every few weeks to compensate for water loss because of evaporation is all that’s required.
Flexibility - Perhaps the best part of the Pondless® Waterfall is the possibility for the future. If you change your mind later, wishing you’d build a pond, that’s ok! If you leave enough room around the base of the waterfall, it’s easy to add a pond onto a Pondless® Waterfall.
A Complete System
It might be difficult to imagine a waterfall and stream without a pond. Where does the water go? A Pondless® Waterfall works much like a regular pond. The hole, deeper than a normal pond, is dug then lined with rock and gravel, and filled with water. The water is then circulated from beneath the rocks and gravel by a pump that sits on the bottom, inside a Snorkel™ Vault and Centipede™ Module. A pipe runs from there up to a BIOFALLS™ filter and into an overflowing waterfall, where it falls back into the reservoir. Since the water level never pools above the level of the rock and gravel fill, it give the appearance of a waterfall without a pond, when in fact, the “pond” is there but not visible.
The Pondless® Waterfall has made many water-lovers who were previously unable to indulge in the sweet sounds of falling water, very happy. It’s a great alternative for those who are trying to get their feet wet, or looking to fit a little bit of paradise into their own backyard. In other words, when all else fails … go pondless!

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Backyard Paradise

This is a mid season photo of one of my clients backyard. The homeowner has been purchasing a wide array of perennials and it has changed the entire look of his backyard paradise. Now if I can only get him to slow down a bit from work to sit back and enjoy it.