Kiril has stated a few times to dump the turf and install your landscape with plants and things that work naturally with your soil, climate, etc. (Sorry Lawnsite) Well, it has me thinking how I want my backyard to be someday. (part of it?) I have some years until I start to materialize the dream, but I don't believe it is too early to start thinking it up. I love the Rocky Mountains out here in Utah. I'm just a few miles away from the base of them (Wasatch Range). It would be soooo nice to live up one of the smaller canyons (no vehicles, a little stream, woot!). But in the vein that organic maintenance starts with natural landscapes, why couldn't I create a little canyon setting in the backyard? In fact, to pull it off successfully in a neighborhood stacked with the status-quo landscapes would make it that much sweeter. There are some MUST haves. I must have a little stream. Maybe pondless? It has to have enough flow and elevation change (rapid/fall) to give the soothing water noise. A little more then the sound of a trickle too. (suggestions how much flow that would need to be?) It's gotta have a quaken aspen grove. Such beautiful trees. Maybe a small pine or two, for the smell. A small hill with scrub oaks bunched from half way up to the top. It has to have a fire pit nestled nicely in the quakies, at the bottom of the hill, with the stream running by on one side. I use our current pit out back at least weekly. The pit needs turf around it so it may be enjoyed barefoot. (ideas to work it into the natural setting?) Maybe some nice landscape lighting on the trees... Oh I can enjoy it already. Anyways I got the idea while working today to observe little settings I enjoy in nature and start getting ideas. After work, a phone call to a friend, a ten minute drive, and I find myself at the trailhead of Adams Canyon. A two mile hike up the canyon to a little 20' waterfall. What a perfect hike to start gathering my ideas. Brought a camera and let it flash. I figured I would start a thread that would help reveal the process of designing organically maintained natural landscapes. Maybe catch a few principles that apply on the way. Heck, why not enjoy the dreaming too? I will post some pictures. Discussion, tips, dreams, other pictures, other natural landscapes around you guys, are welcome... (sorry some of them are dark) If it has a little pond at the end its gotta have the fallen tree halway in the water. I fell in love with this rock. The water splits and goes around it. Then a mix of plants found a way to grow in the waterless area it created. A close up of the plants The rock also had some cracks with plants growing in them. It'd be cool to work that in somehow. Under the shade from some trees. Moss. Gotta have the moss. Maybe I can have the vines that cover this slope on the side of the hill. Beautiful purple wildflowers. Maybe a bridge, with a pine growing next to it. The Scrub Oak. And just some more for your enjoyment. You can see my truck with the wheelbarrow in the bed in the parking lot.