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Old 03-21-2011, 01:19 PM   #1
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So I know that there are a number of home owners amongst us, and being so, you probably all know a heck of a lot more about landscaping than I do.

I know a lot of you just recently purchased homes as well.

We got a house last year, and I really don't want to have a boring yard that is totally flat and useless. I am starting to draw up designs, but I am going to build our small lawn into a Japanese Garden. I figure that the lawn is too small to do much with besides let the dogs run around, so why not create something that I enjoy looking at.

I am planning on something similar to this, but with my scale and alterations:



So far the biggest trick is finding plants that will grow in this vegetation.

Anyway, I thought it'd be interesting to see what some of you have set up/ see if there are any Guru's around that want to share advice with us all.
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Old 03-21-2011, 01:36 PM   #2
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your back yard is huge!
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Old 03-21-2011, 01:40 PM   #3
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I have a passion for lawn gnomes, so I needed a big yard to hide them in
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Old 03-21-2011, 02:04 PM   #4
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I'm looking for some place to pick up dirt for a garden that I want to put in. Does anyone know how prep normal dirt for gardening? Can I just put some manure in it? Or should I buy a ton of top soil? Anyone know where I could get it in bulk?
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Old 03-21-2011, 02:06 PM   #5
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I am no expert, but i have seen top soil for free many times on ksl.

Anyone have any connections for some good sized rocks?
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Old 03-21-2011, 03:04 PM   #6
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The only advice I really have is to use as many native plants as you can.

Many native plants only need to be watered once or twice per month instead of a couple times per week.
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:19 PM   #7
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i think a pond is always a great idea, really nice to look at. sorry cell pic, but this is mine that we did ourselves about a year ago.

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Old 03-21-2011, 04:24 PM   #8
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wow, jon that is awesome!
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:27 PM   #9
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koi fish and all!
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:28 PM   #10
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ya, we have a pond and about 8 koi, but it looks like **** when looking at yours
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:39 PM   #11
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Yeah I want to have a pond as well. I think a small yard can be made a lot more attractive with some good features. Ours looks like crap at the moment. Nothing wrong or overgrown, just looks ugly imo.
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:48 PM   #12
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ha thanks jason
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:53 PM   #13
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Here is what the yard looks like now (well old photo but you get the idea).

I will measure it out and give the actual dimensions too.
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Old 03-21-2011, 05:55 PM   #14
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My lawn usually looks good but I don't have all that fancy pond **** with rocks shaped cool. I'm not loaded like the owner of cleverly tuning :'(
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Old 03-21-2011, 05:58 PM   #15
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lol, did you read? mine looks like **** next to Jon's. My pond is just a 5 gallon bucket I got from mudding my garage. with some gold fish in it sitting next to my apple tree. Nothing fancy you know.
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Old 03-21-2011, 06:12 PM   #16
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For plants that do well in this climate go here:

http://www.milliontrees.slco.org/htm...apeDesign.html
http://www.utahschoice.org/
http://www.conservationgardenpark.org/

for Japanese Garden ideas:

http://www.helpfulgardener.com/japanese/

Also check the Jordan Peace Gardens for ideas.
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Old 03-21-2011, 06:30 PM   #17
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Thanks for the links, very helpful!

I found rocks!

$125 a ton delivered!
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Old 03-21-2011, 08:38 PM   #18
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So I know that there are a number of home owners amongst us, and being so, you probably all know a heck of a lot more about landscaping than I do.

I know a lot of you just recently purchased homes as well.

We got a house last year, and I really don't want to have a boring yard that is totally flat and useless. I am starting to draw up designs, but I am going to build our small lawn into a Japanese Garden. I figure that the lawn is too small to do much with besides let the dogs run around, so why not create something that I enjoy looking at.
take into account the upkeep, mowing a flat and useless lawn is much easier to mow than a 50% grade
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Old 03-21-2011, 10:04 PM   #19
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I saw this thread and was like the Landing Strip rules!

Then I saw what the thread was actually about and was like I don't have a house.
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Old 03-22-2011, 12:06 AM   #20
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lol, did you read? mine looks like **** next to Jon's. My pond is just a 5 gallon bucket I got from mudding my garage. with some gold fish in it sitting next to my apple tree. Nothing fancy you know.
Ha ha yeah I was just messin round Jason.
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Old 03-22-2011, 12:35 PM   #21
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we painted out concrete last summer and built a planter box so my wife could plant some veggies and such, we don't have any grss at all just the concrete patio. and I had this great idea of building a planter in the corner with the to planter boxes coming off the side of the corner which would have been a pond or fountain of sorts, so far...............the planter box is losing it's weather proofing stain, and the concrete has been all scratched up from our boxer and the ice I'm sure. therefore there will be no pictures haha but my wife and I just got too lazy to try to build the rest


oh and Jon that pond/creek thing is badass!! very nicely done!
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Old 03-22-2011, 12:43 PM   #22
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Jon,

How often do you have to add water to the creek?

Also Mush,

I hear that LDS Members like to do service for their neighbors right?
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yeah that's the rumor, let me know when you need help, that way I can get some better ideas for my crapy slab of concrete
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Well we can pull my sod and put it in your yard if you want. You can have all of the bushes and stuff too.
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oh and Jon that pond/creek thing is badass!! very nicely done!
appreciate it!

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Jon,
How often do you have to add water to the creek?
i just leave the hose running for about 20 mins once a week.
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