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Old 03-20-2014, 11:57 PM
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Thanks for the positive comments.
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Old 03-21-2014, 12:00 AM
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dvs-doubt it. check the name of my company, I'm pretty sure I know a thing or two about perennials..... If you don't mulch a bare bed in the spring, before the perennials fill out, you are gonna have tons of weeds. If you use the smaller rock as shown here, looks to be 1" or 3/4" and go 3" deep, you can control the weeds with a spring preen application and spot spraying. Whiffy, I know for a fact that my bucket of preen and spray bottle are gonna be less maintenance than re-mulching every year. You can argue the aesthetics aspect but not the maintenance. I agree that rock can be overdone, but I don't think it was here. Mostly I was just busting DVS'S balls, he loves to go on anti-gravel rants. I'm a big proponent of the p-word as well! Happy Spring!!!
It's 1.5" -2" river rock
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Old 03-21-2014, 12:05 AM
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What happens is the customers will usually say "we want low maintenance, we don't want weeds, and don't want to mulch". So the lawn jockey turned hardscaper will say "oh, then we'll just put river stone down, it comes in blended colors......"

When in reality a good designer will address the client's concerns of maintenance and weeding by carefully selecting and using perennials.

A good example of a good use of perennials is the Washington National Zoo in Washington DC. I know most of you live across the country and will probably never make it to DC. But if you ever get to DC go to the National Zoo and check out the plantings. The entire grounds utilizes every perennial that grows in this region.
A good designer and business person will listen to the desires of their customers. I resent your good designer comment.
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Old 03-21-2014, 07:28 AM
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DVS claims to always have the facts...... whoopsie! Guess he didn't think of South Dakota winds, client wishes (we don't always have to like what they want, but as long as it doesn't compromise the project... who cares), and cost factors are different everywhere.
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Old 03-21-2014, 11:03 AM
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Once they're established - practically no mulching will be required. Mulch is only needed in the infant days.
I've got hundreds of perennials.

The beds require mulching every year.
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Old 03-21-2014, 11:09 AM
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I had a client 2 years ago for a big hardscape project that had me remove all their mulch in the back yard and replace with river rock. Why you ask? Their dogs are not well trained and dig and roll in the mulch and get it in the pool and in the house and everywhere. They were always dirty. Stone cured that problem. There is a use for it...Although there is no use for it at my house.
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Old 03-21-2014, 11:48 PM
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Job looks great, personally think you did NOT overdo the river wash.
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Old 03-22-2014, 08:05 AM
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I agree.... Job is fantastic.... And the stone looks great... It's nice to see someone actually post pictures anymore.

Those who have such comments don't post pics....
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Old 03-22-2014, 02:46 PM
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I'm all for constructive criticism, and realize no project is ever perfect for a variety of reasons, including client requests. Usually the client requests are the most subjective and open for the most criticism.
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Old 03-23-2014, 08:41 PM
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Great Job!!!

Did you guys re-do the little pool house or whatever it is?
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