They’ll all say “Who’s this GB guy w the interesting proverb? What’s it mean?” You can probably make interesting stories from there.I think you need to engrave it on one of your driftwood pieces and put it as a 'greeting' point for all those that come to visit your pond...some day.!!
if this wall is going to be on the back, facing the fence, I'd put as little money into it as possible and it doesn't matter what it looks like; no one is going to see it. Use either ground contact treated 4x4,6x6, or go with the landscape blocks. The wood would be easier and if you 'line it' to keep the water away, it'll last a very long time.View attachment 143090Considering the 18-24” mound with a slant down towards the bridge. Red line is one draw attempt so could be less incline. Blue line is water essentially snaking back, entrance into first ground pond still in air.
I’m getting close to being “done” for winter but feel there’s a few weeks to go.
I think 10-15 mins a night and I can get the iris mounds out and the area leveled.
I’m thinking of dumping a bunch of soil into this area then to start building the mound and hoping the dirt settles onto itself over winter to compact so I get less structural issues.
The backside retaining wall is open for debate now also lol.
Any pro/cons to any of the supports below? Unless you’re walking the path and taking the bridge, it’s unlikely to be seen, but it will likely be a straight/sharp incline to allow space for the boulders on top.
They would not go all the way to the top to allow for dirt,rocks, plants like 6” higher
The preformed concrete pavers/blocks seem easiest to stack and utilize, followed by the flat flagstone. The rounded look is ok but could be a Tetris nightmare for actual support imo.
Pavers probably cheapest option to fulfill.
(Aka I’m Leaning towards the concrete blocks - unsure size yet?)
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Either way it’s safe and stable so worth it for that portion!I like the look of the stacked stone.
I built a retaining wall out of block because I wanted secure footing when walking on top of it. Then I hide it with flowers! In hind sight, I would not have built as large of a mound and probably wouldn't have needed any retaining wall.
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A bread knife works really well! Ask me how I know!Went to the quarry today to look at rocks. Appears I’ll be limited to ~18” stones. Atlas stoning 24” wasn’t really going to happen more than once so scrapping that. May call and ask them delivery price and maybe do some pvc rolling to the back.
Marked off some 12, 24, 36” markings and one 18/24”. Based on diameter and visualizing, think I’m not going higher than 2 feet and still makes me ponder. There is a slight mound of dirt on back side the 18/24 is in I need to flatten or account for height.
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Also spent a good while using the HACKSAW on all the iris mounds. That stuff was indestructible to shovel, trowel, putty knife, and edger. Still had to take it out in small chunks. Read about rhizomes tonight and realize I need to go waaaaaaaay lower if I want to kill them off.
They were also really unmaintained, the soil/roots overcame the liner. The blue line is where I found the liner, about 2-3” down, under the iris mounds growing In.
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Ditto, I think, if it were me I would buy a new liner, move skimmer to the bottom of the pond and work from there. Possibly even deepen the pond and add fish for a full ecosystem.Beautiful pond and can see the differences in levels. Just having a poor imagination without totally redoing the pond lol.
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