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Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
« Reply #100 on: October 25, 2018, 09:28:31 AM »
Yeah getting over 150mm of rain in the 10 days leading up to driving over 50 tons worth of truck, trailer and house on a freshly cut slope will often finish up looking like that.

The guys where absolutely brilliant and took all care possible to not damage anything, but some things are unavoidable.

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Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
« Reply #101 on: October 25, 2018, 11:51:53 AM »
Mowed the weeds last night.. looking much better for 4 days until they are 4ft high again :(
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« Reply #102 on: October 25, 2018, 07:21:15 PM »
Went out & sprayed the compound 2 weeks back as it was going off  . Hit the trash with the brushie & now its not as vigorous as it was . Brown  , wilting  & Stuffed    :cheers:
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Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
« Reply #103 on: December 27, 2019, 05:47:40 PM »
Reviving an old thread, cause I'm killing time waiting for the mortar to go off.

We've had a pond in the garden beside the deck for about 15 years. Its been patched and repaired a few times in its life, but the trees around it had finally caused some cracks that needed some more extensive repairs  :'( sorry, didn't think to take any before pictures).

Since we weren't camping this xmas, I decided to spend a few days and finally fix it properly. When I first built it, it was just done with a morter mix about 30mm thick and painted with a pond sealer. The base is fine other than a few cracks, so I've used wire bird mesh as the reo and put another morter mix about 50mm thick all over. Once the mortar has gone off, next week I'll seal it with a couple of coats of Cromolin concrete sealer, before adding 2 coats of Cromolin pond seal. Hopefully that should add another 15 years to its life.

Each pond is around 3m x 2m, and they both hold around 3000l each. The 2 ponds are linked by 2 small waterfalls and a short creek thing in the middle. There's a bricked garden bed on the inside of the top pond for some aquatic plants, and I plan to replace the water lilies that were submerged in terracotta pots in each pond. Mozzi lavea and toal eggs are controlled by having gold fish in each pond. The surrounding garden bed will get a good tidy up, and I've put down a mortar base to pave a sitting area along the front edge.

Work in progress, and should keep me out of mischief for a couple of weekends.

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Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
« Reply #104 on: December 27, 2019, 06:03:37 PM »
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« Reply #105 on: December 27, 2019, 08:30:42 PM »
Nice work mate!
Now for the fun bit of planting it all out. ;D

This afternoon the wife was just looking at the spot where I’m supposed to be building a pond out the back of our place.
I promised I’d get on to it right after the trailer build is finished... ;)

I did my own dodgy version of pebble-Tex in our landscaping creek.
We did pretty much the same as you with the 30mm thick concrete and chicken mesh for a section of creek between 2 waterfalls in the front garden.
But before troweling off the wet concrete, I packed in a top layer of medium sized Mary River stones (30-60mm). Then hosed off the top bit of concrete to exposed all of the stones before it fully cured.
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« Reply #106 on: December 28, 2019, 07:39:29 AM »
I did my own dodgy version of pebble-Tex in our landscaping creek.
We did pretty much the same as you with the 30mm thick concrete and chicken mesh for a section of creek between 2 waterfalls in the front garden.
But before troweling off the wet concrete, I packed in a top layer of medium sized Mary River stones (30-60mm). Then hosed off the top bit of concrete to exposed all of the stones before it fully cured.

Cheers Pete. I'd done similar with the creeky bit last time, but it was a bastard for catching all the leaves and crap so this time I've used the mortar to shape some lumps and hollows for the water flow, but kept it smooth to make it easy to keep clean. I'll be using a sandstone coloured pond seal paint, so hopefully it wont look too artificial?

The yard is an ever evolving beast, with works being dictated by time and money....with money being the main limitation  :'( The last project took me around 3 months to buils retaining walls and back-fill the batter behind the house to bring ground level up to the back deck and terrace the bit off the lower patio. It started with the neighbor putting in a pool and I took all of his dirt. Piled the dirt up to the back veranda and compacted it as I went, then built a block wall around the filled section.
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« Reply #107 on: December 28, 2019, 07:44:19 AM »
I dry hired 1.5t Kanga for most of the dirt shifting, but all the trenches for the footings were hand dug and all the concrete for the footings was done in a hand mixer.
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« Reply #108 on: December 28, 2019, 07:50:44 AM »
I was pretty chuffed with the way it turned out. The house is split level with the kitchen, lounge and dining areas on the split. Being able to walk straight off the deck instead of having to go down the stairs and walk up the batter to get to the back yard has really opened up the yard. The lower section is the man-cave and we've put a spa on that patio.
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Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
« Reply #109 on: December 28, 2019, 08:18:15 AM »
I’m glad my missus doesn’t read MySwag, I’d never hear the end of it .


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« Reply #110 on: December 28, 2019, 08:46:10 AM »
Great work, you should be justifiably proud of your work. Looks bloody fantastic. :cup:
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Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
« Reply #111 on: December 29, 2019, 02:51:43 AM »
Looking good there.
I laid the same blocks about 10 years ago, and found they are best in full sun, the water sets in on the blocks I have in the shade and makes a stain which is hard to remove.
Yours should look great for a long time.
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« Reply #112 on: December 29, 2019, 06:29:34 AM »
Wow, that looks awesome!
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« Reply #113 on: January 02, 2020, 09:09:26 PM »
Looks very nice indeed  :cup: :cup:
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Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
« Reply #114 on: January 03, 2020, 07:54:48 AM »
You wanna come to my place Spada ?   :cheers:
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« Reply #115 on: January 03, 2020, 08:15:27 AM »
Cheers for the kind words, The pond is still a work in progress. Got some paving down and tidied up the garden bed a little last week-end, 1st coats of sealer go down this week-end. There's been a little bit of settling behind the retaining walls, so I need to lift those pavers with about another 30mm of bedding at some point  :'(
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Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
« Reply #117 on: January 15, 2020, 07:31:41 PM »
Be good if the cities could utilize the amount of stormwater run off each year in some way. Would help with the annual water restrictions.

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« Reply #118 on: January 15, 2020, 08:23:34 PM »
I use my tanks for all our water supplies.  I good never understand why urban areas haven't been allowed to use tanks for grey water supplies.  Guess it comes down to Council chasing a dollar in water rates.   
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Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
« Reply #119 on: January 15, 2020, 08:46:02 PM »
The bottle tree blocking the driveway is gone! Next step is to finalise the driveway design and get that done asap.





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Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
« Reply #120 on: January 15, 2020, 10:35:35 PM »
The bottle tree blocking the driveway is gone! Next step is to finalise the driveway design and get that done asap.





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I can’t let the wife see this, she loves our bottle tree.
 
Though we planted ours in pride of place AFTER the driveway was designed and built. ;)

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Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
« Reply #121 on: January 16, 2020, 06:55:39 AM »
I can’t let the wife see this, she loves our bottle tree.
 
Though we planted ours in pride of place AFTER the driveway was designed and built. ;)
I promise it was done humanely and the tree didn’t scream one bit.



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Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
« Reply #122 on: February 09, 2020, 10:07:51 AM »
Rain has slowed progress on the pond for the last month, and I sure aint complanin bout that  ;D
Any way, it's finally all sealed, planted and filled (with rain water :D). The brightness of the yellow turns to a darker sandstone once the tannin from the water stains it a bit and gets some algae growth around the waterline. Just need to order a new pump for one of the filters to increase the water flow a bit and I need to glue in a sandstone lip on the top waterfall, but otherwise it's job done ;D
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« Reply #123 on: February 09, 2020, 12:33:26 PM »
Very nice Spada, looking the goods. :cup:
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« Reply #124 on: February 09, 2020, 01:25:20 PM »
Looks so green and lush, well done! Over here everything is dead and dry as a chip...
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