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ROCK GARDENS

Posted: July 26, 2012 in HARD LANDSCAPING, SOFTLANDSCAPING

A rock garden is simply a plot with a mix of rocks and of several special species of  flowers. Some would say that because rocks are permanent, solid and rugged, they complement t­he delicacy of flowers. It’s the opposite of vegetable gardens which can look obviously cultivated ­and artificial. On the other hand, a well-designed rock garden evokes a sense that Mother Nature has courteously bestowed some her best work on your land.

Rock Garden Design

One can design rock gardens to exploit dry, rocky slopes thus this presents itself naturally as a landscape solution or import rocks into yards that are flat and rock less building the rock garden from scratch.

Space can influence the design of rock gardens. In larger spaces, the goal is often to create sprawling, naturalistic rock gardens. In case of limited space the design should fit neatly into the nook and you can have a round raised bed made of select rocks. The rock garden should not be in the way of mowing the lawn and should not require much maintenance.

Consideration of color schemes is very important. One can use a collection of attractive rocks like red sandstone granite, river rocks this will provide the structure for my rock garden. Also the choice of plants is influenced by the rocks used. There is a whole range of plants of different colors, shapes and sizes to choose from.

Also the longevity of the type of rocks you use, do the easily crumble?

Rock Garden Plants

In making a rock garden, you typically select plants that are drought-tolerant (because rocky soil drains quickly).

Japanese Rock Gardens: Plants, Stone, Gravel

In the Zen style- wondrously simple in its complexity. The Zen style is minimalist, with individual elements (plants, stones, gravel) sublimated for the sake of the “whole picture.” The Japanese recognized the calming and meditative effect of rock arrangement as far back as the medieval era when they developed the Zen garden. Japanese rock garden’s have the ability to evoke a contemplative mood.

NB;Rock pieces used to make mosaic paving and steps will suit rock gardens best as illustrated below

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WATER FEATURES

Posted: July 21, 2012 in HARD LANDSCAPING

This includes Ponds, Fountains, Streams, a water bowl or pot, varieties of bubblers, cascades and Waterfalls.The water feature can be an accent or the focal point of the garden this dictates placement and surroundings (but not size). Whether it’s the sound of the ocean crashing or a river gushing, the consistency is what tends to sooth us. A clever way in which water features work aurally is that they can be used to disguise other less appealing noises. If your office is in an industrial area or right on a busy highway.Visually, water features have particular relevance in small spaces where there is limited potential to improve aesthetics. In a tiny courtyard for example, a simple water feature can add modernist Zen garden appeal without much effort or expense.

It can also be used to take attention away from other less appealing sights.

With water comes life, and we don’t mean this esoterically. Plants, birds, insects and small mammals are attracted to water; and having nature integrate with your office environment can be inspiring for people who are surrounded by inanimate objects all day. A small pond with indigenous water plants is a conservationist’s delight, improving the diversity of the local ecosystems, which is good for the sustainability of your office in the long run.

PONDS

It can be an in-ground pond to an aboveground one. The former requires excavation but looks more natural. It’s also insulated from cold by the soil. Above-ground pools bring the water closer to eye level and provide opportunities for architectural sophistication as well as additional seating.Blend in-ground pools into the landscape. Avoid high spots or places where a natural pond would be unlikely to form. Also avoid the lowest spots, so that your pond doesn’t become flooded during storms. We incorporate rock outcroppings into the pond. For the lining we use a flexible liner or a concrete shell to line your pond. Rigid plastic is the least expensive and easiest to install, but sizes and shapes are limited. Concrete-lined pools are long lasting and require professional installation. Flexible synthetic rubber liners are easy to work with and the preferred liner for most garden ponds.An empty pond is somewhat simpler at first, but later needs draining and cleaning to prevent algae growth. Ponds with plants and fish can achieve a natural balance and reduce maintenance, but finding that balance can take time. In some cases, a filter is necessary. If small children are in your family or nearby, ponds may need to be fenced.

WATERFALL

This can be with or without a pond. If it is without a pond one can use a well. Large boulders are used to frame the waterfall and direct the water just like in nature. Later the waterfall is filled with rocks of various surface areas using different rocks in order to achieve different cascades. We use slates and flagstones for one waterfall tier and we use a jagged stone for another waterfall tier. This is to mix it up and keep it rocken and rollen.The cracks and voids are filled with small rocks and they are tightly packed.Black masonry foam are used to fill in the voids in the rock. Very little is used as it expands three times more this avoids wastage. One can add small stones to create spillways in order to change waterfall effects. For the lining one can use a concrete lining or flexible rubber lining.

          

ROUND TIERED FOUNTAIN

BIRD WATER BATH