Dry River Bed

29 04 2013

Apologies for not posting for a while. In case you haven’t noticed, I updated the previous post “Landscaping Is A Lot of Work” by adding more photos as this project has progressed.

Every yard should have at least one special focal point. At this point in time we’ve gone over our remodel budget, so I have had to get creative to finish the landscaping. So while buying some camellias at a local Japanese nursery I asked for and got a referral to a landscaper for a consultation.

Existing dwarf lemon tree was pruned into a bonsai look

Existing dwarf lemon tree was pruned into a bonsai look

Newly planted river bed area by shed

Newly planted river bed area by shed

Dry River Rocks & Pebbles

Dry River Rocks & Pebbles

Dry River Bed

Dry River Bed

2 Blue Star Junipers along river rock - cocoa hull mulch in foreground

2 Blue Star Juniper plants along river rock – cocoa mulch in foreground

Sedum Angelina

Sedum Angelina

Variegated Sanserveria aka Snake Plant

Variegated Sanserveria aka Snake Plant

"Chinese Fringe Flower - Plum Delight"

“Chinese Fringe Flower – Plum Delight”

Japanese Sedge Grass

Japanese Sedge Grass

Blue Star Juniper along side interesting looking rock

Blue Star Juniper along side interesting looking rock

He spent 2 hours at the house giving great ideas for what to plant where, how to prune some over grown trees, and countless other good ideas and suggestions. On a whim I asked about a dry river bed, and a few days later he emailed me a sketch. The estimate was around $600 for rocks and 6 hours of labor. I would buy the plants. I can live with that!

A few weeks later he arrived with bags of pebbles, rocks, a few small boulders, and a helper. Together they installed the dry river bed with plants I bought and repurposing existing drip irrigation lines. It actually took 7 hours, 4 hours one day and 3 hours to finish. I added cocoa mulch* to fill in around the plants (*Do not use around dogs).

What a difference from the pile of dirt that was there!

BEFORE PHOTO

BEFORE PHOTO

Note: We’re in the process of fixing and painting the shed in the background, so that area will really be a nice backdrop to our new patio and backyard.





Landscaping Work In Progress

28 10 2012

I’ve been getting my hands dirty doing yard work ever since I can remember. My Dad first put me to work helping him pull weeds not long after I started walking.  By the time I was in kindergarten, when most kids are first learning to ride a bicycle, I was driving a riding lawnmower (we had a big lot in the country).  A couple years after that I was tasked with prepping the vegetable garden and flower beds using a rototiller each spring.  I also helped my Grandmother who lived next door.  It sounds like a lot of work and it was, but I loved it… most of the time.

Anyone who has done even a modest amount of gardening knows it can involve some back breaking tasks at times.  However, that pales in comparison to how hard the landscaping crew worked daily for over a month turning piles of dirt left by the building contractor into a beautiful patio and backyard.  The landscape contractor had originally estimated 2 weeks, but it took more than twice that amount of time, just like our master suite addition.  From here on out I will always double any contractor’s time estimate.

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