Run-off Rivers and Gardens


We built our home, and our yard. We bought 10 acres 2 years ago, it was a canola field. This year we started working on the area outside of the "front" of our house.

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We leveled the dirt with a slope away from the house. Very glad we have a skid steer, and I can use it like crazy!

run off rivers and gardens, composting, gardening, go green, landscape, lawn care, roofing

Started using the rocks we collected off of our property ( I think we have a rock and gravel pit down there) to build a rock garden on the south west side of the house,

run off rivers and gardens, composting, gardening, go green, landscape, lawn care, roofing

Decided I wanted "wet/dry beds leading from our downspouts. I lined the bottom of the "streambed" with greenhouse "flooring" a tarp that allows water to seep through but does not allow weeds to grow up. You could use a tart or landscape fabric too. But I have this available to me in rolls and rolls!

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I had constant help from my every present puppies..

run off rivers and gardens, composting, gardening, go green, landscape, lawn care, roofing

and moved and carried rocks.. and rocks

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and bigger rocks

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and more rocks.. and then mulch

run off rivers and gardens, composting, gardening, go green, landscape, lawn care, roofing

and started on the other side of the house

run off rivers and gardens, composting, gardening, go green, landscape, lawn care, roofing

and in front... and more rocks and more mulch..

run off rivers and gardens, composting, gardening, go green, landscape, lawn care, roofing

and then whooo hooo concrete!

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and plants, and..

run off rivers and gardens, composting, gardening, go green, landscape, lawn care, roofing

rocks and soil, compost and although it will not show until next year, planted grass seed.

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but I enjoyed sitting out here watching our sunsets...

run off rivers and gardens, composting, gardening, go green, landscape, lawn care, roofing

Materials - landscape fabric, tarps or greenhouse flooring Rocks soil plants seed Muscles!

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  • Robin Nichols Austin
    on Jul 11, 2018

    where did gou get the Scotts 25 year ground cover?

  • Jae Franko
    on Jul 11, 2018

    What a beautiful job. How long did it take you?

  • Jojo
    on Jul 4, 2019

    Okay.....get ready for it.....you knew it was coming.....YOU GUYS ROCK!!! LOL


    Sorry but I just couldn't resist. Awesome job and a mega project to say the least well done. You really do have a Rock Garden now! Love it. Looks like you may live in the prairies in Canada??

    It's the canola that gave you away ;-)


    Hugs from Quebec (( ))

    • Jojo
      on Jul 4, 2019

      I'm in LaPrairie….can you believe it? This is just too funny. Stay safe and enjoy your new life in the prairies. It already looks awesome!


      okay, another hug to you both...(( ))

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  • Desiree'
    on Jul 5, 2019

    Oh my.....good luck and keep up with creative ideas for your home and yard. The last photo at the bottom is just so stunningly beautiful. May you enjoy all the beautiful nature along with sun coming up each morning and down at the end of the day. :-)

  • Susan Clements Brown
    on Jul 5, 2019

    absolutely beautiful. I'm tired just looking at your photos

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