Lakeside Landscaping in 2011
at the Lindberg Lake Wildwood Resort
Peeks at the final result
In the beginning there will be nothing...
Part 1 -- Tear Out Juniper and Grass
Pictures taken Friday, May 13, posted May 15, 2011
I put together these pages for my records and because others may be interested in the procedures used to install artificial turf and putting greens, build a beautiful planter retaining wall which also serves as seating, and plant flowers, shrubs, and trees with individual drip lines to each. The total project took two months.
Each link below is to roughly a day's work.
Part 1 -- Tear Out Juniper and Grass Part 3 -- Soil for Planting Areas Part 4 -- Spread Soil, Miscellaneous Preparations Part 5 -- Fabric and Gravel Base for Turf Part 6 -- Near-Lake Detail Part 7 -- Prepare Greens Part 8a -- First Turf and Greens, Page 1 of 2 Part 8b -- First Turf and Greens, Page 2 of 2 Part 9 -- Install Greens Part 10 -- Detail Greens, Start Wall Part 11 -- Sand the Turf, Stack Cinderblock Walls Part 12 -- Wall: Cobblestone Face, Used Brick Cap Part 13 -- Wall Drainage and Backfill Part 14 -- Complete, Sans Planting Part 15 -- Drip Line Watering Scheme Part 16 -- Planting Part 17 -- Individual Drip Lines Part 18 -- Disaster and Smiles
The landscaping on the lake end of our home (our back yard) has long been begging for help. For years the flowering plants in the little plot next to the beach patio have been either dead or hanging on by a thread. During a similar period the little animals under our lawn (moles?) have been digging a deeper and deeper pit until now I have to carry our lawn mower, first on the back wheels then on the front, across a deep, sudden depression as I mow the lawn. More fundamentally, our lawn has long since been made of a variety of grass-like weeds which look presentable only because I mow and trim them. In summer, the clumps of quack grass grow to an 8-inch length, with 18-inch seed stalks in the short periods between mowing.
And slowly at first, then faster and faster, the juniper between the lawn and our house and down next to the beach patio has taken over everything. Our Japanese maple and dogwood trees are being choked to death by the juniper roots and their insatiable appetite for water and fertilizer. Also, the overgrown juniper so close to our house is an extreme fire hazard. The crab apple tree next to the lawn never did grow in the rocky clay that passes for soil here in the foothills.
I've been mulling what to do about these problems for several years. Then last year the home on our east side (right, as you face the lake) was purchased by a couple who are fixing up this eyesore and are completely re-doing their yard. I like the team who is doing their yard and this week Tony Barros, the straw boss/business owner, finally said he would be able to do our place. I signed a contract last Wednesday (May 11), and Friday, while he was hauling new soil down to our neighbor's yard, he drove his mighty little track-wheeled front loader into our yard and began the process of tearing the entire yard down to bare earth.
I snapped a few pictures of Tony and his tractor at work, which I show below.
|Tony began by pulling out juniper by its huge branches and roots.|
|He grabs a bunch of juniper with the bucket jaws and hauls it back toward our lawn...|
|...then dumps it onto a bare spot which he had created by scraping off big chunks of lawn.|
|He proceeds to scrape and grab another bunch of juniper by the roots, carefully avoiding the dogwood tree.|
|Here he is pulling out the long roots.|
|Then he drives back next door to continue hauling down new soil for their yard.|
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Quick Access Links
Each link is to roughly a day's work.
|Part 1 -- Tear Out Juniper and Grass|
|Part 3 -- Soil for Planting Areas|
|Part 4 -- Spread Soil, Miscellaneous Preparations|
|Part 5 -- Fabric and Gravel Base for Turf|
|Part 6 -- Near-Lake Detail|
|Part 7 -- Prepare Greens|
|Part 8a -- First Turf and Greens, Page 1 of 2|
|Part 8b -- First Turf and Greens, Page 2 of 2|
|Part 9 -- Install Greens|
|Part 10 -- Detail Greens, Start Wall|
|Part 11 -- Sand the Turf, Stack Cinderblock Walls|
|Part 12 -- Wall: Cobblestone Face, Used Brick Cap|
|Part 13 -- Wall Drainage and Backfill|
|Part 14 -- Complete, Sans Planting|
|Part 15 -- Drip Line Watering Scheme|
|Part 16 -- Planting|
|Part 17 -- Individual Drip Lines|
|Part 18 -- Disaster and Smiles|