Boulders in the landscape
A beautiful job has all the right components.
Here is a professionally done landscape. Take notice of all the colors, textures, contrasting sizes and shapes. An interesting landscape is comprised of many elements, coordinated into one attractive theme.
Here is a nice example of boulders as the building blocks of a landscape. Glacial Granite boulders are used as the wall element, granted man made products work nicely as well. With this naturalized setting however we think boulders really makes the project.
Colorado Moss Rock
Colorado Moss Rock boulders. A sandstone that is covered in Lichen (a.k.a moss) allowing for a very natural rustic appearance. Note: They are very attractive in the landscape and ponds but tend to break up over time in water features.
Custom fort with slide and rock climbing wall
We had fun on this project. Rather than mowing a challenging slope, our customer went with a play area for the kids and took the mowing out of play. Snap steps complement the bouldered bank, allowing for a more manageable elevation change. Fun project. Still needs a water cannon though!
Keep in mind we are capable of more than just landscaping! We handle projects from decks and pergolas to garages and small additions. We offer special pricing for those of you whom are willing to wait till our off season (December – March).
Duncan – A before picture of a drainage problem.
This was another technical project for Landmark Landscapes. Our customer continued to have water seepage in their basement. Standard drainage proceedures were utilized to no avail. In the end, a special group was formed consisting of various specialists and an engineer, with Landmark Landscapes being a player in this process. We unfortunately, had to tear out an existing pavered walkway, boulders, lighting, and landscaping trees, shrubs and perennials. The picture merely shows how we lowered the entire front yard by close to 24″. With the grade down past the level where the house essentially sat on the poured foundation, the seepage ended. Do to the grade change we were forced to come up with a plan that allowed for an attractive entry while still allowing easy flow of water from the home. We came up with a sunken grotto effect. The trees, shrubs and most of the perennials were saved and taken care of at our nursery, while construction ensued. Do to the lay out and grade changes a bridge was required. We wanted to re-utilize the pavers as well and this became a challenge as well, since we needed a bridge of concrete and steel for ridgidity. In the end, most of the initial landscape was reutilized and the main water issues were fixed.
Duncan – During construction
Here is our work in progress on the sunken grotto. Note how we took the bridge from reinforced steel, added 3″ of high tinsel strength concrete, and then ran our pavers right over the top. We have 4′ reinforced steel and concrete piers on all four corners of the bride as well. Don’t want it to move!!! In the end, we will finish out this landscape using many of our customers initial plantings as we saved them when it proved beneficial. I will take some pictures in a year and show you the project filled out with colorful plantings.
Duncan – Pavered Bridge Completed
Here is our first steel and concrete bridge finished in pavers. Built from scratch, looks wonderful when under lighted at night. I will provide additional photos when the plants fill out in a year.
Fire pit – Glacial Granite Boulders
Here is an example of a fire pit using glacial granite stones or field stone. They can be as simple as a campfire or more complex using fire rings and mortar such as some of these. Your tast is the final say.
Fire pit using Granite boulders built into sitting wall
Here we built the fire pit right into the sitting wall. You could say we killed two birds with one stone… well a few actually.
FIRE PITS AND FIRE PLACES – LINK
Hello folks here is a great link to many of the fire pits and or fire places offered here in the Lincoln area. If you see something you like contact Outdoor Solutions or us if a complete turn key installation is in order. Another option would be to go directly to Belgard’s website. You will find many idea’s and options for your dream yard get away!
Klement – Project before and after pictures.
Here is what we began with on this project. Little do I know at present but this is going to turn into a turn key project for us. First in, last out… we inevitably walk this project right through all phases of construction.
Klement – Re-working a problem area with too much slope
Initially, they were thinking turf. In the end, a dry creek with landscaping to stabilize the bank became a more plausible answer. This dry creek bed handles hard rains, channeling excess water through both turf areas and landscaped sections.
Lee – An after picture
In this case, our customer had purchased a home and was left with some challenging problems. The prior home owner had built a wall that didn’t fit into the new home owners game plan. We were commisioned to take out the old and bring in the new. The wall was failing in spots and re-building it with out having a source for additional stone to match, was not an option. This renovation involved adding natural Limestone snap steps, pavered walkways, a patio, a pondless water feature and landscaping. The customer wanted rock instead of mulch to lessen maintenance. I’m still a mulch fan, especially when boulders are being utilized. The mulch adds contrast to the boulders and really allows them to stand out. For customers that are after reduced maintenance, this maybe the way to go. In time, proper placement of plantings will allow for nice contrast as they mature and fill in the river rocked areas.
We carry Limestone boulders ranging from 6″ thick slabs on up to 2′ by 4′ boulders. They are perfect for natural retaining walls and look nice in combination with earth toned homes. They are relatively inexpensive but they are not as long lived as granite or moss rock.