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Wednesday, February 11, 2009


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Daniel Mount

Once again, I'm impressed by your well thought out project. I know some landscapers who don't think that far in advance. I've consulted with many couples and when I ask what their budget is, they look at each other dumb-founded, and it stops the project dead in it's tracks. I think looking at the budget and realizing what you must give up to have a garden only adds value to your garden. Great work!
P.S. the client is always the boss.


Thanks for those remarks! We did spend an incredible amount of time thinking, figuring and planning — actually the better part of two years! And we had to think of anything we could do ourselves to allow that money to go into the labor and materials budget.

And since the pond was in the back of the house and would involve rocks and earth moving, we also had to design from back to front. Once we started in the back we would never be able to get large equipment or even a bobcat back there again. It really required a pretty evolved total plan for the property before we could begin.

And you're right: doing some work ourselves and making sacrifices makes the garden all the more meaningful.


You are obviously a careful planner! Bravo!


Wow. Ambitious, but you guys have it all together. Why would the pond overflow? Ours never does, though I don't know why.


Lecia — My husband and I are both the oldest child in our respective families. It manifests itself in things like planning and organization — which are good in a big project like our garden.


Elizabeth — our pond is 20 x 30 ft. and is completely flat on the surface. We tend to keep it full to just under the edge. So it would only take about a half an inch of rain for it to overflow.

Without a way to direct that water it would flow directly toward the living room. We have had storms with 3 - 7 inches of rain and been very glad we designed the pond with that in mind. The corner with the overflow stream has a spot where the pond wall is 1/2 inch lower to allow the water to flow over at that point.

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