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    • November 16, 2018 11:42 PM EST
    • Greg

      Have sent email to greg@elmassian.com but bounces.

      Mike Paterson

      mpaterso@yahoo.com

    • November 15, 2018 9:04 PM EST
    • Rosemary "tree"

       

    • November 15, 2018 5:34 AM EST
    • Now is that nice?

    • November 15, 2018 12:38 AM EST
    • I am partial to rosemary. It is cheap and it takes a beating!

    • November 14, 2018 9:02 PM EST
    • mike, email me, so I have your email address... I'll fix you up.

       

      Greg

    • November 14, 2018 4:25 PM EST
    • Greg

      Since your site does not allow download of tree selections do you have a listing avail through pm?  I am in the middle of relandscaping and trying to get plantings in before the winter.  I am in the SF Bay Area

      Mike Paterson

    • November 13, 2018 11:05 AM EST
    • I have a section on plants that might be helpful, it helps to know which species can be kept small, as Jerry says about trimming.

       

      https://elmassian.com/index.php/large-scale-train-main-page/plants

       

      It's not real comprehensive, but it has pictures!

       

      Greg

    • November 12, 2018 2:15 PM EST
    • I've had good luck with cedars, they were always popping up in my Nebraska layout, they take trimming real well and you can keep them small. Boxwoods work good also, even the Alberta spruces seem to do will in Kansas.

    • November 10, 2018 1:26 PM EST
    •  Found this a nursery the other day and it looked like a nice substitute for pine type conifers which seem to have a little trouble growing in the south due to heat. saw these in a mass and it looked like I was gazing into a forest of pines, kin to asparagus fern but grows up on ridged stems. On my old layout I had asparagus fern covering a hill which became a mountain in a year and it put up with everything great plant. 

         Winter hardy to USDA Zone 9-11 where plants can be grown outdoors year round as long as temperatures never dip below 20-25 degrees F. Plants perform best in light, organically rich, consistently moist but well drained soils in part shade (bright indirect light or filtered sun). Avoid direct hot afternoon sun which may cause the leaves to yellow (scorch). Too much shade, however, may also cause the leaves to fade to light green or yellow. Additional causes of leaf yellowing include rapid changes in temperatures or lighting conditions. Although plants prefer evenly moist soils, they have respectable tolerance for drought. Pinch back stem tips as needed to maintain plant form and promote dense foliage growth. If plants lose attractive shape, stems may be cut back close to the soil level to regenerate. Propagate by seed or division. Self-seeding can be mildly invasive in some subtropical to tropical areas (e.g., southern Florida and Hawaii).

    • August 31, 2018 8:08 PM EDT
    • Russell Shilling said:

      I am planning a water feature, and the stream needs to cross two paths. Any ideas for how to make this attractive? 

      Honestly without a picture of the area it's very hard for me personally to determine a "suggestion" if any ?

    • August 31, 2018 6:48 PM EDT
    • Forrest Scott Wood said:
      John Caughey said:

      I'd suggest appeasing the wife with cute arches...

      Adjust to suit your needs.

      Okay, but adjust which one, the arch or the wife?

      Good luck with THAT idea...

    • August 31, 2018 6:05 PM EDT
    • John Caughey said:

      I'd suggest appeasing the wife with cute arches...

      Adjust to suit your needs.

      Okay, but adjust which one, the arch or the wife?

    • August 31, 2018 5:46 PM EDT
    • John Caughey said:

      I'd suggest appeasing the wife with cute arches...

      Adjust to suit your needs.

      I can HIGHLY recommend this idea...

    • August 31, 2018 4:14 PM EDT
    • I'd suggest appeasing the wife with cute arches...

      Adjust to suit your needs.

    • August 31, 2018 2:10 PM EDT
    • John Caughey said:

      How much grade separation?

      Big or little stream?

      Got a pic of the area?

      The stream will be small - no more than a foot wide. Since nothing has been built, the rest can be determined by what works. For instance, if a good solution requires the path to be 12" above the stream, that's how it will be done. 

    • August 31, 2018 12:50 AM EDT
    • I'm looking for ideas for the crossing being non-slip and safe. Right now, the plan is somewhat flexible. My thought is a PVC pipe tunnel under the pavers/flagstones that make up the path. My wife and I have thought about having the water flow between flat and thick stepping stones making up the path, but that makes the path difficult for older people with walking disabilities. 

    • August 30, 2018 11:41 PM EDT
    • Do you have any plans drawn I suggest getting a priliminary drawing of what you want to do how big or deep you want to do it and what do you mean cross 2 paths how wide are those paths?  Do you have a height elevation and or surveyed of the property to establish a stable elevation?  It’s usuall a 2 to 3percentage grade and also depends if the lenght and with I am currently working at a Civil enginerring company and they alway recommen a 2% grade slope. You need to find the elevaction finish de multiply by the distance and that’s how you find the slope persantmage I will find out more information tomorrow bare with me.

    • August 30, 2018 10:30 PM EDT
    • How much grade separation?

      Big or little stream?

      Got a pic of the area?

    • August 30, 2018 9:03 PM EDT
    • Do  you want the water to flow over the path (slip and fall hazard) or go under the path?

       

      When we had a pond at our previous house we acquired a large roughly flat stone to place over the water running underneath.  We used stone as that matched our pathway

    • August 30, 2018 6:33 PM EDT
    • I am planning a water feature, and the stream needs to cross two paths. Any ideas for how to make this attractive?