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Custom Backyard Slide

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

Adding a Bird Bath to Your Landscape

Friday, June 18th, 2010

This is a birdbath with a custom flagstone circle that goes around the base of the birdbath.

(click the picture below for an enlarged view)

Bird Bath Landscape

We cut the flagstone with a stone saw in circle and then cut a small circle in the middle for the base of the bird bath. Then we used mortar to set the bird bath in place.  This provides a very stable foundation for the birdbath preventing it from tipping accidentally.

Yard Drainage Control

Friday, May 14th, 2010

We used variegated Hosta in the stone planter behind the retaining wall to add a bright color during the summer months.
The rain gutter that removes water from the screened in back porch runs under the retaining wall, flagstone patio and under ground to the lowest point in the backyard to get the water off the property.

Varigated Hosta Landscape

Swimming Pool Landscape

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

I call this swimming pool landscape because, … we filled in a swimming pool and created a new backyard, including the arbor with a locking gate and six foot dog ear fence.

Arbor with wooden fence and gate

The swimming pool below took 3 full days to pump all of the water out.  We had freezing weather so we could not pump at night without making an ice skating rink.  The pool was made from fiber glass, so we cut the pool into sections and disposed of the fiber glass.  Concrete slabs we used to fill the large hole, walkways  and a concert patio.  On top of the concert slabs we back filled with dirt.  It rained for about three days after the fill dirt was installed so we could see the soil settle and add more fill dirt.  The hardest part and most time consuming was removing the diving board … this took me a good 30 minutes with a excavator.

The rain was a big problem for this job … but the end result was worth it.  The pool was 35 ft long and 20 wide.

swimming pool conversion

We built a 30 ft by 25 ft deck out yellow wood to make a nice setting area to enjoy the new back yard. The stone around the deck was recycled from an old rock waterfall. The plants are Sweet Olive they produce a flower with a very nice sweet fragrance.  The Sweet Olive is a great shrub for you Birmingham landscaping.

Swimming Pool Gone

The sod installed is a variety called Zoro, which is a shade tolerant Zoysia grass.  Zoysia should do great in this backyard since it only gets 4 to 6 hours of filtered sun light. The Crepe myrtle trees were transplanted from another area of the yard. We recycled a lot of plants out of this yard.

Swimming Pool make over

We decided to do something different and use flagstone as the step instead of treated wood.

flagstone step

custom deck

When we started this job there was a concrete walkway that went to the pool and a concrete patio (14′ x 14′) next to the large Oak tree.  We took all this concrete material and used it to fill in the swimming pool hole. We replaced the concrete walkways with flagstone walkway steps.

back yard landscape

These flagstone steps work great in a pathway.  We decided to use the flagstone steps to cut down cost because this area is not used often. The flagstone steps are set in sand about 2 inches deep.

flagstone steps



We replaced the old pool with a new stone fire pit and flagstone patio.  The retaining wall is new as well.  We recycled the stone around the fire pit and the retaining wall from an old fountain and fish pond in the same area. This helped save the home owner a lot of money by not having to buy stone.  The three large rocks around the fire pit are used as benches or rock seat, they where recycled as well. We used a mortared flagstone patio designed for high traffic that connects to the back deck.

patio fireplace

We selected the fire pit location to be seen from the screened in porch. This area was designed to be a focal point and a common area for this one side of the backyard.  The fire pit has a concrete block structure and faced with natural stone.  The fire pit center is faced with fire brick and fire mortar to withstand the heat. There is also a flagstone cap at that goes around the fire pit.

flagstone fireplace

The fire pit is about 22 inches tall.  Designed so all the heat would not go just straight up but also out to the sides. The fire pit is five feet in diameter and the inside diameter is four feet, leaving a nice six inches for sitting when there is no fire.  The large boulders were placed in a half circle to almost give you a courtyard feel because the yard is so open. A person can be sitting on one of the large boulders and another person can still walk around the fire pit.

stone outdoor fire place

The picture below is taken from back porch leading to the flagstone patio with the fire pit. We recycled the mondo grass and placed it between the flagstone walkway and the retaining wall. This is great grass for this area because it is a evergreen, low maintenance and it is a shade lover.

flagstone and mondo grass

Landscaping Gardens on a Slope – A Guide to Working on a Slope

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

A landscaper can have a very hard job working on a slope and if it is not done correctly then there will be big problems when rain fall comes. When the rain comes the earth will move and generally destroy whatever has been designed resulting in wasted effort and money if not done properly. A few steps need to be taken to ensure that the landscaped garden is not vulnerable to simple acts of nature.

One of the most important factors when landscaping on a slope is to ensure that there is sufficient drainage to allow the water to run away smoothly without moving the ground and losing the designed landscape in the process. Once you have ensured that there is a decent drainage system then it will be safe to go ahead with the landscaping.

Another great way of ensuring that the land does not move is to base your design on a rock garden which will result in a steady foundation and ensure that the land is not easily moved by rain and wind.

An important consideration to take into account is that landscaping on a slope is a very complicated procedure and it's best to get the advice of an expert before you spend lots of money, time and effort designing a wonderful garden.

It's best to take a look at a bunch of landscaped gardens which were done on a slope to give you some ideas of how best to tackle the challenge. Looking through garden magazines will usually give you a great start on your path to a magnificent landscaped garden.

I would highly recommend looking at Gardening Magazines for more help and information on designing your landscaped slope.

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A Few Inspirational Ideas For Your Backyard Landscaping Design

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

Where to find new, original backyard landscaping ideas for your next design? If you're into landscaping, at rookie or expert level, you may find yourself out of ideas sometimes. If you want to make your next backyard project unique and original, you need to think out of the box. Read on to learn a few ideas and tips that will put the ball rolling and you may come up with a unique design!

Tip 1 – Tree planting

Ok, it doesn't sound interesting or unique, right? But in fact, tree planting is full of creative possibilities. As said before, think out of the box: you can use trees in a suggestive, unique way, using them as decorative ornaments, or in certain shapes or lines that might draw the attention to a certain feature in your yard.

One example of an original use of tree planting is to plant a line of trees along your pool, or create a shadowy path leading to the house, a special place or the pool. If you go for planting trees on the edge of the swimming pool be careful to choose evergreen trees that won't fill your pool with leaves.

Tip 2 – Layering flowerbeds

You can give more dimension if you plan your flowerbeds when planting so to have rows of flowers descending in height. This will make the job of maintaining them much easier.

How to do it? Separate your flowerbed into three or four sections from back to forth. The back row will be used to plant the highest flowers and plants. The next row will hold shorter plants, and so on. This way, your flowers will stand out and your flowerbeds will go out of the regular horizontal plan.

Tip 3 – Use water!

There are plenty of things you can do with water. Include a few water features such as ponds, fountains and even fish tanks. Water features will make a great focal point in your yard, and they're not that difficult to create. Water fountains are a great way to disguise traffic noise, or to create an ideal environment for relaxation or meditation. You can buy fountains or you can make them yourself with a water pump, plastic or earthenware containers, some rocks and plants. You can even go wild and use an old kettle! You can also create a simple but attractive fish tank with a large glass, traslucid cachepot. Put some pebbles, some aquatic plants and a few goldfish and you're done!

These were just a few items you can use in innovative ways when looking for new backyard landscaping ideas for your next design.

Birmingham Landscaping

Friday, July 3rd, 2009
Birmingham Landscape

Birmingham Landscape

Birmingham Landscaping Project

Hardscape Materials used:  natural stone/rock

Plant Selection: seasonal flowers and grasses

Project Duration: 4 days