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Old 05-18-2014, 02:01 PM
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Jim - this is no time to be funny

Don't you realize that e-man is in a crises over me this weekend! We need to make sure he is ok, not make jokes. LOL

But my grandmother does have a great peanut butter pie recipe!




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Lol. No crisis here. Your work speaks for itself.
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Old 05-18-2014, 02:37 PM
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Jim - this is no time to be funny

Don't you realize that e-man is in a crises over me this weekend! We need to make sure he is ok, not make jokes. LOL

But my grandmother does have a great peanut butter pie recipe!


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Nice juke. What this thread needs is a little grounding.
1) Nobody's perfect.
2) Nobody's work is perfect.
3) If you're telling yourself that you're perfect, you're kidding yourself.
4) If you're telling the world you're perfect, you're gonna have to prove it.
5) How do you prove to the world that you and your work are perfect?
6) see numbers 1&2 above.

What is the purpose of criticizing taco bloc's product? Who is taco bloc? Who really cares? Who really cares what anyone on the forum thinks?

Threads like these seem to be more about ego stroking than about actual craftsmanship and I figure if you need your horn blowed someone will blow it for you, you don't have to do it yourself.

The only thing positive that might come of this thread would be the peanut butter pie recipe.
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Old 05-18-2014, 03:52 PM
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DVS: let's move this thread into a positive direction.

What are some of your favorite perennials to use?
What do you do, mass plantings or mixed borders?
Do you ever have a situation where gravel can be used as a topping or accent?
Do you design the softscape or have a designer on staff?

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Im jumping on to hear his reply

To me The gravel was good choice for around a pool now the color could been brighter
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Old 05-18-2014, 04:10 PM
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It looks like the homeowner is fixated on that 'monotone beige' color judging from the pool house and house. It looks like they used the gravel as an accent and for low maint around and in the pool. Plants dont look good. They could have really turned it around with some proper planting and colorful plants

Snyder,
I don't think the gravel was a bad choice either. Keeping ones pool clean is a biatch
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Old 05-18-2014, 08:55 PM
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I think customers get what I call color fear. A few I have worked with would stay on one tonality of color. Red brick, red plants, red mulch. I try as a designer to show them that contrast and difference can really draw the eye.

For many it is fear of being bold. Fear of standing out maybe. Color lockjaw would be an appropriate term.

Anybody have this happen to one of your customers and how did you solve the boring color palette?

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Old 05-18-2014, 10:27 PM
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It looks like the homeowner is fixated on that 'monotone beige' color judging from the pool house and house. It looks like they used the gravel as an accent and for low maint around and in the pool. Plants dont look good. They could have really turned it around with some proper planting and colorful plants

Snyder,
I don't think the gravel was a bad choice either. Keeping ones pool clean is a biatch
Thats the truth I had few pools to take care off and the ones was mulch and others was rock The pools had rock around it was always clean but couldn't say much for the ones had mulch always screening it
Glad I don't do pools anymore
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Old 05-19-2014, 08:38 PM
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DVS: let's move this thread into a positive direction.

What are some of your favorite perennials to use?
I do have one or 2 favorite trees, and a few favorite shrubs, but I don't really know that I have a favorite perennial. Each perennial has a different use. Whether its shade, full sun, partial sun/shade. Different heights all accomplish different goals. I like some of the Rudbeckias. I guess I like Salvia, since I use a lot of Salvia in our jobs. Coreopsis is cool. The blood-red color that Astilbe 'Fanal' produces is stunning. I could probably list 6-10 grasses that I like. And Liriope 'Big Blue' is one of them, yet its one of the most over used perennials. I could go on and on.

What do you do, mass plantings or mixed borders?
I'm going to say mostly mass plantings. I'm not a big fan of mixing. Our horticulture instructor taught us to never mix plants/colors.

Do you ever have a situation where gravel can be used as a topping or accent?

Yes. And as in the picture below, we used gravel to vreate a dry stream bed. The pool builder had set the pool too high, thus water was going right to the foundation. Our goal was to direct water away from the dwelling, which was accomplished by the dry stream bed. In the picture the water is directed under the deck, to the left, and under the wooden walkway, then out between the houses

Do you design the softscape or have a designer on staff?
We do very little planting. But most of our planting I design. Some of our jobs have been designed by 3rd party architects. Honestly, I think I have done a better job of incorporating perennials than any of the architects we have used. The thing with architects is that they have their niches, some are awesome with hardscapes, some are awesome with plantings but suck with hardscapes, and some are really good with flowers. I have yet to come across an architect that is talented with both hardscapes and plantings and use of perennials
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Old 05-19-2014, 08:41 PM
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Hope they don't have kids lol. Those barberries hurt if you're not used to them.

I remember first time I ever planted one. Now I hold them by root ball
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Old 05-19-2014, 08:53 PM
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Thats the truth I had few pools to take care off and the ones was mulch and others was rock The pools had rock around it was always clean but couldn't say much for the ones had mulch always screening it
Glad I don't do pools anymore
Owning a pool is nothing but a biatch. They cost a lot of money to maintain, repair, etc. And really - most pools get very little use. FOr $500 a year you can join the community pool or city pool or local swim club. And the children get to SOCIALIZE. And I make a solid steady living because of those facts

We have a motorhome for my kid's MX racing. Pain in the hiney too, just like a pool. gotta keep it clean inside and out. Gotta put stuff in the fresh water tank to kill the mold. Gotta winterize it. You know - a hotel is much easier and simpler.

Americans are notorious for creating work for their selves.
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-7 pairs of jeans, ranging from Levis to Polo to GAP. 1/2 of them have holes in 'em.
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-1 pair of old worn out Nike shoes.

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Old 05-19-2014, 08:56 PM
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Nice juke. What this thread needs is a little grounding.
1) Nobody's perfect.
2) Nobody's work is perfect.
3) If you're telling yourself that you're perfect, you're kidding yourself.
4) If you're telling the world you're perfect, you're gonna have to prove it.
5) How do you prove to the world that you and your work are perfect?
6) see numbers 1&2 above.

What is the purpose of criticizing taco bloc's product? Who is taco bloc? Who really cares? Who really cares what anyone on the forum thinks?

Threads like these seem to be more about ego stroking than about actual craftsmanship and I figure if you need your horn blowed someone will blow it for you, you don't have to do it yourself.

The only thing positive that might come of this thread would be the peanut butter pie recipe.
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So the forum has gone a week without any activity.

Look how many pages this thread has and look at the view count

and ta-daa, the forum is revived!
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-16 pairs of Hanes socks (the Heavy Duty model), many with holes.
-12 pairs of underwear, ranging from Joe Boxers to Jockey, many are in need of replacement. (no more photo requests please)
-hundreds of t-shirts. Some w/ grease stains, some torn & tattered.
-7 pairs of jeans, ranging from Levis to Polo to GAP. 1/2 of them have holes in 'em.
-1 belt
-1 pair of old worn out Nike shoes.

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