Showing posts with label arkansas moss rock. Show all posts
Showing posts with label arkansas moss rock. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Even more pond design pics

Want to hear lots and lots of water.  After packing this pond chockablock with plants, pumps, tubes and waterfalls, the client wanted to hear even more waterfall sounds.  So I attached a hose to a pump and pointed the hose up.  The higher the hose was, the more water came shooting out.  You can do this with a small pump and hose if you just want a bubbling sound at the top of the water.   It's easy.

This was not just a pond building job, but an entire garden landscaping job.  In fact, it won a city wide design competition. The owners were thrilled. We all were on our pond building clothes. But we had champagne.  At 8 am.  

We had mostly sun to work in. The owners wanted no grass at all. They certainly were my kind of clients.  
After removing the grass, we dug the pond hole and build the pond first.  Then we installed that lattice you can see to help hide the yard from the neighbors. 

These folks lived on a busy street near a very busy city intersection.  The picket fence was already there, so we used it as part of the design.  The path leading to the picket fence was flanked with spots of specimen plants and underplanting just where the windows were in the house.  

We used the same rocks to make the path as we used to make the pond.  Arkansas moss rocks in case you are shopping for some.  

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Monday, May 28, 2007

More than ponds

I use rocks for lots more than ponds. I always use the same kind of rocks, called Arkansas Moss Rock. It's a fieldstone and can be gotten in flat fairly good sized pieces. It's hard to build a waterfall with little rocks. Since we do not grow rocks in Louisiana, we must buy them by the pound. They run about 35 cents a pound and when you need tons, you are talking big bucks.

Often after the pond is in, I will put in a path using more flat rocks. Occasionally building a terrace by placing them piled up against a raised bed to anchor the bed will be an effective accent in an otherwise flat landscape.