Vocks

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -

In one project done by Net­ley Creek Land­scap­ing, started June 15 in the Deer Pointe neigh­bour­hood in Head­in­g­ley, four semi-loads of boul­ders and rocks have been used in the de­sign which in­cludes a stream, re­tain­ing walls, stone steps and pa­tios. A semi­cir­cle of gi­ant sized flat top boul­ders pro­vides unique seat­ing around a fire pit. The ef­fect is both dra­matic and breath­tak­ing. The boul­ders through­out the prop­erty have been set into place with­out mor­tar. Penny and Har­ris in­stalled weed bar­rier be­hind the boul­der walls to con­tain the fill, then filled in the gaps with smaller gran­ite rocks. The berms that have been cre­ated in the area of the stream and pond ac­cen­tu­ate the over­all rugged theme and are in good pro­por­tion to the land­scape. Berms are fas­ci­nat­ing ad­di­tions to a land­scape, es­pe­cially to flat­landers like our­selves. They must be done right, though. Ap­pro­pri­ate height, width, de­gree of slope as well as com­paction is crit­i­cal or they can end up look­ing silly. For the Deer Pointe land­scape, Penny trucked in sev­eral semi-loads of fill to cre­ate the var­i­ous el­e­va­tions and used a bob­cat to firm the soil. A tun­nel con­sist­ing of a large wa­ter pipe from La­farge Ce­ment (one me­tre in di­am­e­ter) has been in­stalled in­side one of the berms for chil­dren to climb through. A bit of pad­ding adds com­fort to the ad­ven­ture. Rocks cas­cade over the sides of the tun­nel, con­ceal­ing it, for a de­light­ful kid­sonly fea­ture. Penny says the pro­lif­er­a­tion of walk-out base­ments in new de­vel­op­ments has re­sulted in more and more prop­er­ties with steep slopes. Slop­ing land­scapes present unique chal­lenges, but also add a third di­men­sion, mak­ing the land­scape much more in­ter­est­ing. Great big chunks of rock used to cre­ate the stairs that lead to the back­yard at the Deer Pointe prop­erty have been in­stalled on a spe­cially pre­pared base. Penny doesn’t use sand for any

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