White Gardens

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by White Gardens, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sweet, thanks for the compliment.

    I started in on it again today, but the skies have opened up and I got rained out.

    I set the pond a little deeper, and me and the in-law to a trip to a couple of suppliers and picked out some neat 2 inch flag stone that will be put around the edge, similar to the copeing around a pool.

    I'm going to have to cut the flagstone down to the correct size to make it look good.

    I'll post more pics when I can.
     
  2. Murphy's LawnCare

    Murphy's LawnCare LawnSite Member
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    Nice work...what design program do you use? I like it.
     
  3. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    Pro Landscape by Drafix.

    Not cheap, but does work well. I need to bite the bullet and buy a new CPU and upgrade to the current version.

    After a while, some of the images get graphically heavy and my CPU starts to complain.

    Some designers like the program, others don't. It works for me though. All in all, it gives the customer perspective of what things potentially can look in the end, and most designers around here are doing old-school hand drawings that don't give a clear perspective of the landscape.
     
  4. Whitey4

    Whitey4 LawnSite Silver Member
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    I never go to this forum! Ah well...

    BTW, my corn experiment looks like a failure.... the ears look good, but so far, they are practically hollow! Lots of air inside medium sized leaf ears.

    No idea what you are doing around that tree....
     
  5. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    Ya, I had it moved, seems like the landscaping section is starting to look like a ghost town, and I wanted to get more opinions from a larger cross-section of the Lawnsite community.

    Ya, I was curious about the corn and how it was going. Your ears might look good, but it sounds like there are tons of leaves around a small ear. If the silks have died back, I'd go ahead and pick them and see what you got.

    The tree; project my mother in-law wanted done. I've slowed down a bit lately (luckily had three calls today). She just wanted a bed around the tree, then decided to add a water feature. I took some more pictures earlier today of the water-fall dry stacked, so I'll try and post them later.

    Thanks for the post Whitey, seems like I haven't made too many friends around here lately. I think the summer doldrums are taking a toll on everyone.
     
  6. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    Here is some updated pics of the current project.

    I didn't get started till noon today, we had 1 inch of rain yesterday afternoon. Luckily the soil is silty, and the water ran away pretty quickly.

    First two pics are from the dry lay to figure my cuts and how I wanted the water fall to look in the end. The spikes are there just to keep my blocks in place until I mortared them in.

    All in all, I don't like it. I'm not sure it's going to look good when it's done.

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    Here is a couple after I got the coping mortared in, and I started to re-stack my block for the water fall. The water should come off the block the tubing is sitting on and fall strait into the water. I cut a drip edge on the back of the block to help make sure the water doesn't run backwards.

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  7. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    Here is the pond dry-stacked and on a test run. I let my mortar set over-night before I put any real weight on it as the water feature turned out heavy.

    I cut a drip edge underneath the block that the water runs off of, and all the blocks are tilted slightly forward to help any water turning backwards, to eventually fall forward.

    After the test run, I pulled all the blocks to check, and sure enough all the water seemed to be moving forward.

    After that, I set all the flag with block adhesive.

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  8. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    Here's the final product.

    I used a red-quarts flag that I cut down on the edging. The red color is more a brown color, and the neat thing was the the block had a metallic sheen to it similar to lead, or pencil lead on a sidewalk.

    O.K., I think it turned out well, better than I expected. I talked the m-law into buying some ferns to go along with the grasses she had bought previously.

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  9. orlawncaresvc

    orlawncaresvc LawnSite Senior Member
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    really nice work
     
  10. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    Thanks Thumbs Up

    I'm my own worst critic, so the compliments help.
     

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