(If you’d like to follow this project from the beginning you can start at Step 1 here)
Step 10 of Rear Garden Design Project.
When we finally hired Billy Ahern of Ahern’s Landscaping to finish the project I designed and we started in 2000 he recommended some changes. I agreed with him that the scale of the dry stream bed that I’d designed was too large for the location. He had his men resculpt the walls and add soil. I’d been stockpiling extra soil that was taken from the driveway when I’d had it widened.
The stream was narrowed and brought it into a good balance with the rest of the garden. He reused all the stone I’d dug up from the garden and the extra round river rock I’d purchased years before.
His men put the river rock in the irregular flowing pattern I’d designed and they had nearly enough to complete the dry stream bed. But not quite. We scavenged rock from around the garden but we ended up having to purchase another batch of rock. What a surprise. More rock!
Once the rock walls were in place they put the gravel base in place and put small river rock on top. There is so much rock on this project I sometimes feel that the earth will give way from the weight.
But that is just memories of my aching back.
It is so much easier to sign a check. I wouldn’t feel this way if I hadn’t worked on the project for so long and found that I’d bit off more then I could chew. So now I’m really happy to have help and to come closer to a completed design.