From outdoor living spaces to solving drainage issues, landscaping deserves a careful look

The Lindberg family of Canyon, Minnesota hired Mike Saline of Saline Landscape and Design to undertake a complex, multiple-month landscaping project meant to improve the appearance and privacy of their new home. Saline’s project, which draws from Australian and French designs, makes extensive use of gabion walls — basically, metal baskets filled with rocks — and also incorporates benches and a fire ring. Drainage is also a major landscaping issue, especially in the Duluth area. If you regularly see standing water or soft areas, this may be a sign it’s time to do some planting and sodding and make some use of sloping and dry tile to improve drainage.

Key Takeaways:

  • The people that are savvy with their landscaping can have such an efficient home.
  • There are a lot of people who struggle with drainage issues on their own properties.
  • Some individuals are not aware of the costs that come with inputting a drainage issue.

“Gary Lindberg is nearing the end of a long-awaited project. His home build was five years in the making, and now, he and his wife are in the final stages: the yard.”

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How to Build a Pondless Waterfall

Many love the look of a waterfall. It can also provide relaxing background noise. Some truly enjoy the sound of water. Usually a pond is needed if you want to make one in your yard but this shows you how to get around that. Not everyone has the room for a pond and some just don’t want one because of the insects and other wildlife that might be attracted to the area by a pond.

Key Takeaways:

  • A basin is hidden underground so that there will be no standing water.
  • The waterfall will have a submersible pump, which will pump the water up to the spillway.
  • Large stones and river rock, as well as rustic plants, will give it a natural appearance.

“The whole idea is we want to mimic nature we want it to look as if we were never here.”

How to Build a Pondless Waterfall

When mapping out the path of your water feature, consider bends in the stream and waterfall drops. A natural looking stream channel should appear “ageless,” as if it has always been there. To best accomplish this, choose a location with a slope. If you don’t have much of a slope to work with, as an alternative you can choose to create water flowing from a boulder or rock grouping. You can also create a subtle rise in elevation with a well planted landscape berm or rock outcroppings that blur the transition from flat to slope. Note: Make sure that the water feature is following the appropriate length and width determined by the selected system. It is crucial to follow the size restraints for sufficient water storage. To ensure accurate length and width during excavation you can use tools such as marking paint to mark the determined path.

Key Takeaways:

  • Land to be used should be flowing downhill to have the best flow of water.
  • Be sure to dig your reservoir deep enough for the rubber liner, the structural boxes, river rock and the submersible pump.
  • Placement of large rocks on the structural boxes is important so that you get the flow of waterfall that you want

“Dig a large area for the plastic blocks, and include a deeper area for the pump vault.”