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Debris washing into my 'lake'

Posted by stevega 7b (My Page) on
Wed, Jan 24, 07 at 9:15

I have a small (2' x 4') lake of crushed limestone in my garden (see picture below). The Japanese inspired garden is intended to be a small replication of a natural area. The problem is that mulch/debris washes into my "lake" during rains. I would like to prevent this to ease maintenance (as you can see, I have failed to clean up the leaves-sorry). I was thinking of lining the "shore" with sonething that would form a lip to catch the debris. I have seen tiles used in this way in Japanese gardening books, but they do not look natural. Perhaps the right size river rock could be used as a surround, or cut/chip native stone to scale and imbed it.
Another thought is to plant small plants all around it like small lilyturf or a varieties of sedum.

I would appreciate ideas. Thank you

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RE: Debris washing into my 'lake'

  • Posted by yama 7b Ga (My Page) on
    Wed, Jan 24, 07 at 21:01

Dig trench behind shurbs guide water along shurbs( behind) and use ground cover such as mondo grass or dwaf mondo grass to filter debris. not use vine of anykind......... yama.

RE: Debris washing into my 'lake'

Yama-Thank you for your suggestion. I think it can work. I will need to be careful trenching near the mugo and Kluis pine roots and provide a rock lip to divert runoff from the "mountain". I will have a challenge to identify dwarf, clumping mondo grass so I don't get larger, spreading varieties. The nurseries around here often do not know the difference.
Thanks again

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