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Old 05-15-2012, 09:45 AM
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I see something that I frequently see with guys dabbeling in hardscape.

Installing pavers and cutting curves is one thing.

Executing a well thought out design is a whole other animal.

What I see and what I do not like is the corner of the house where the walk comes off the side door and leads behind the dwelling.

At the corner of the dwelling you have what appears to be a 20" to 24" planting bed. Factor in the aggregate shoulder and you're left with 14 to 18 inches of planting space. This is a big no no in terms of landscape archtiecture. House corners should always be *anchored* down, whether its with an upright tree, shrub, grouping of shrubs, etc. Planting beds along the dwelling should never be less than 42 to 48 inches wide. 20 to 24 inches is nothing more than a spinley design accident. You can't plant anything in that space.

I'm not trying to be arrogant, but I am trying to drive the point home. I want my words to be in the back of your mind everytime you sit down and design something. I want you to think "ok, Andrew Hardscape is going to see this, lets show him that I have what it takes to turn out a kick a$$ job".

This goes along with my pet peeve of not using landscape gravel. Gravel is found on the bottom of fish tanks and railroad beds. We have cool plants called perennials. Hardscape guys need to learn to use them.

Also, in a pic I see you have the pavers in place....but the downspout is not connected to any piping routing the water away from the dwelling and pavers? Whats that about?

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