Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JUL 2017

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Above & Inset On a privately-owned island off the coast of Con- necticut, Matthew Giampietro of Waterfalls Fountains & Gardens Inc. from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., helped build a 172'- long stream that includes five ponds. Existing natural rock outcroppings were integrated into the water feature. The rest of the rocks were collected from around the island. After being hired "for the art of rock arranging," by Ultimate Services Landscape Management Company, a company that Giampietro's father helped owner John Chiarella start, Giampietro arrived with a couple of his employees and enlisted the help of Chiarella's crew who had already put in five weeks of prep work. Giampietro and more than 40 workers installed the liner in one day (inset). They spent 11 weeks finding rocks around the island, moving them to a central location and then placing them in the water feature. As building proceeded, Giampietro used buckets of water and sometimes a hose to test the flow. Once the pumps were turned on, there was about one week of tweaking: a critical step before signing off on a project according to Giampietro. Long or short, babbling or boisterous, with ponds or without, and almost always including waterfalls, man- made streams are enhancements that many professional landscapers love to work on, and that customers love to have. And who can blame them? Free-flowing water is one of nature's most picturesque, calming yet captivating won - ders. And unlike others such as a mountain panorama, an old-growth forest or rhythmic ocean waves, streams are wonders that owners of residential and commercial properties can add to enhance their surroundings. LC/DBM readers sent great examples of these projects and what follows is a takeaway of best practices in the craft of stream building. Making Your Bed As is typical, the scope of the project dictates the proce- dures, and tools needed, to prepare the worksite. Many are excavated by hands wielding shovels as was the case with a water feature encompassing a top wa - terfall spilling into a 2'-deep pond, followed by a 4'-long creek, then a second waterfall flowing into a 5'x5' bot - tom pond in Dunsmuir, Calif., south of Mt. Shasta by Cameron Marsala, the owner of Camelot Landscaping and Stoneworks. Dave White and his crew at Glacier View Landscape & Design Inc. of Longmont, Colorado dug, by hand, a pond that is 12" to 16" deep, a 6'-wide, 5'-long, 4'-deep hole for an underground well that collects the water, and a streambed - to get it below grade. "We did that so that it was little more natural-looking 28 LC DBM Smart STREAM BUILDING L by Mike Dahl, LC/DBM

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