Lake weeds are a common problem for lakes and ponds. Over time, they can spread to cover the entire surface of a water source, creating an environment that is unfit for humans or wildlife. These plants have been known to cause damage to boats as well as clog fishing lines. In this article, we’ll discuss how you can get rid of lake weeds from your property once and for all.
Wooden saw cut is the simplest and cheapest material from which you can make a wonderful path in the country. It is up to you to decide whether it will zip through the flower beds or lead straight to a cozy corner of rest. And we will tell you how to do it according to the rules and with the least effort.
The preparation of the cuts takes the most time. Usually, the paths are made from old wood growing on the site, or the remains of building materials. In any case, it is desirable that it was hard wood. Aspen is ideal, larch and acacia are durable, pine and spruce serve well.
It is important to adhere to this rule: first dry the logs and then saw them, otherwise they will crack. Calculate the diameter and thickness (height) of the cuts depending on the expected load. At the same time, paving made of round timber of different diameters looks especially interesting and, moreover, perfectly solves the problem with gaps.
Clean the sawn workpieces from bark, under which bugs can start. Then cover the ends and sides with anti-rotting agents. Saturate well, otherwise fungus will form and the path will become slippery after rain. As protection, you can choose a special antiseptic or use materials at hand. For example, soak the wood with a solution of copper sulfate (20%): pour it into a large container and lower the cuts for 2-3 days, then dry in the shade.
Сoat with boiled linseed oil
Under the influence of vitriol, the tree quickly darkens. However, it retains its natural shade when treated with drying oil. Bring it to a boil on a fire in a large iron tank, let it cool slightly and use a brush to apply it to the cuts from all sides. It is more convenient to saturate the workpieces if you put them on top of each other.
Preparing the base
While the slices are soaked in linseed oil, prepare a base for them. Remove weeds from the selected area and mark the boundaries of the path with pegs, pulling a rope between them. If you dig a groove on the floor of a shovel bayonet, you will need too much sand. A depth of 10-12 cm is enough for her.
Pour a drainage gravel-sand layer into the ditch, level, water abundantly and tamp. Wet the sand so that it lays down more densely and evenly. Create a slope under the drain so that water does not linger on the walkway.
We lay the cuts
After the gravel-sand layer dries up, lay the cuts, placing them tightly in accordance with the dimensions. Check with a building level that all sections lie in the same plane, and if necessary, siege them with a sledgehammer. Fill the gaps with sand, which prevents weeds from growing and securely fixes the cuts, and then sweep the cover so that the gaps are completely filled with sand and it lies at the level of the blocks.
For complete compaction, pour the backfill abundantly from the watering can several times with a break of 1-2 hours. The next day you can walk along the path.
Making an attractive pond with a waterfall is not so easy. Therefore, such a matter must be approached responsibly. We will show you what nuances to take into account when building a reservoir on the site.
The first step is to define the boundaries of the pond. Try to place the body of water in an open area away from buildings. Plan carefully how much area you will set aside for the water tank and how much space will be taken up by its edging (pond bank).
At the site of the planned reservoir, lay out a garden hose that will define the boundaries of the pond. They can also be denoted by lines of sand mounds.
Digging the tank
Dig a pond pool slightly deeper than the pond should be. At the same time, make protrusions so that the bottom becomes multilevel. This will make the pond look more natural.
Dig a moat around the reservoir and fill it with gravel. This will prevent water from flowing from the pond to the site.
Making out the bottom of the pond
Sprinkle sand in a layer of 10 cm and compact thoroughly. Then cover the bottom of the reservoir with a thick black film and spread it. Then install the pump (pump), and hide its wires in the folds of the film. Pour stones of various sizes and gravel at the bottom so that they completely hide the film.
We build a cascade
With a waterfall, the pond will look more impressive. Form the base of the cascade from the dug earth, sprinkle sand on it or lay a soft cloth, and on top – the same black film. Place a large flat stone at the base of the waterfall. Water will flow onto it and spray beautifully.
Make a cascade of stone slabs of different sizes. They can be laid with a ladder. On the back of the cascade, secure the stones with concrete.
Hide the water hose behind the resulting stone wall and lead it to the top of the cascade.
We decorate the shore
Pave the shoreline of the reservoir with flat stones and gravel. Hide the water supply under them, bury the filter in the ground near the shore.
Scatter fertile soil along the shore (the layer should be at least 20 cm thick) and plant ornamental plants in it.
If you have enough space on your property, you can place more large rocks near the pond and plant alpine plants. Such a rocky garden will be an excellent decoration for a summer cottage.
Alpine slide is a fashionable element of landscape design that any summer resident can create on his site.
Do you want to break a beautiful alpine slide on the site? We will tell you what is needed for this. Actually – not so much.
How to choose a place for a rock garden?
Wherever you set up a flower garden, it will in any case be a decoration of the site. But in the case of an alpine slide, it is very important to choose a spacious area well-lit by the sun. Then consider whether your future rock garden will be clearly visible if you place it in this place.
The characteristics of the soil are also important. Sandy soils are well suited for a rock garden, since plants can be planted directly in them. If the soil is heavy clayey, you will have to equip drainage. All this in the future will greatly facilitate the care of the alpine slide.
Many mountain plants, which are most often planted in a rock garden, do not like stagnant water in the ground. Therefore, many garden designers advise equipping drainage, no matter what kind of land you have on the site.
To make a base for an alpine slide, it is necessary to remove the top layer of soil (no deeper than 30 cm). This can be done in two ways: dig a solid depression or several holes. Further, crushed stone, broken brick, fine gravel or construction waste should be poured onto the bottom of the recesses. From above, all this needs to be covered with sand, and then earth and watered to eliminate air cushions.
Plants need to be planted in a special soil mixture, which is made up of clean soil, coarse sand and crushed humus, taken in equal proportions. It is necessary to form a slide from this mixture. On average, its height should reach 1 m. The soil from wormholes can also be used as soil.
After laying the drainage and forming the mound, the slide should be left alone for 2-3 weeks. During this time, the slide will shrink, after which stones can be placed on it. They are best placed in tiers to give the illusion that they are coming out of the ground.
Closer to the top of the mound, the size of the tiers should decrease. In order for all levels to be strong, it is recommended to lay a massive stone at the bottom point of each level. This will protect the smaller stones from rolling off the slope.
Stack stones randomly, as if they were in their natural environment. Symmetry is out of place here. Alpine composition will look especially impressive if the stones are similar in color and texture. But do not overload the alpine slide with stones, leave enough space for flowers.
You can decorate the peak of the rock garden with one large stone, which will protect the composition from soil erosion during rains. Several small stones can be laid out on top, building a pyramid out of them.
The best part about creating an alpine slide is planting flowers. A hill made of earth and stones “comes to life” right before our eyes, when plants appear on it. You can plant flowers on an alpine hill both in spring and in autumn. If necessary, during planting, you can add soil mixture to the flower garden.
What flowers to plant on an alpine hill? Stonecrop, crocus, viola, edelweiss, rejuvenated, saxifrage, lumbago, alpine aster, Japanese spirea, aquilegia, dwarf barberry, juniper look great on it. There is no universal rule for combining plants. You will have to be guided by your own preferences and sense of style.
If you don’t have an alpine slide yet, but you really would like to create one – get to work! All you need is soil, rocks and plants. But leave various decorations and garden figures for another flower bed.