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Old 08-30-2012, 09:29 PM   #31
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Sorry for the delay. I'm thinking my idea worked but it rained like crazy that next day and I have worked every day since. Anyway, I had 2 bags of concrete in my shed so I took the fast setting bag and mixed it up so that it was still kinda thick and I used my hands to fill gaps under blocks and between them with the concrete as well as fill the little trench that the rain created right I front of some of the blocks. I checked the small area I did and it was all solid and held up really good to the crazy amount of rain we got Sunday. I am thinking I will do that all the way around not. Any unforeseen issues with this? Would the regular concrete work better for some reason? The little trench can be covered with dirt once the concrete drys and noone will ever know its there. I guess it's just the front of the trench I made before laying the blocks that got back filled with sand and dirt and then washed away making a nice ditch that helped destroy my hard work. Lol

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Old 08-31-2012, 05:21 PM   #32
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Bump. Didn't have a chance, yet again, to work on this. Still wondering if it's a good idea though.
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Old 09-16-2012, 02:03 PM   #33
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Does anyone can recommend some flowers or trees more probably for balcony? We have a long and strong winters (often below zero), so I don't have an idea what plant has ability to survive that kind of winters.
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I agree with Joe; you need a level surface, free of grass, weeds, soil clumps, etc., so would do as he suggested. Before you start, decide at what elevation you want the top of the stones, and how far off of the foundation that you want them; the curves you can obviously free hand, unless you want a perfect radius, but you probably want them straight along the house. Set a stake at each end, an equal distance from the foundation, and a foot or two beyond where you want to run the stones. Now, you can use the bottom of your siding as a benchmark, to determine how far below that you want the stones, and then use a 4' level to extend that mark to each stake. Remember that you want your finish grade in the beds to slope away from the house, a minimum of about 1/8" per foot. Run a string from the mark on one stake to the mark on the other, and you have both a straight line, and an elevation. Now, mowing, then trimming along the stones, can be a pain, so, going back to planning, you need to decide whether you want them at or above grade. Personally, I prefer a free running mulch bed, no edge, which requires a little bit of dressing once in a while, but more than makes up for that in time spent mowing and trimming. But, that wasn't one of your questions, so back to task. While you are doing this, buy a few elbows and enough downspout to extend them out, at least 3-4' from the house, away from your foundation. Also, going back to the mulch thing, I would plan for at least 2-3" of that inside the stones, while you are working out elevations, as it will help hold moisture for your flowers. Keep in mind that nice, neat, appealing beds do not happen my accident, and a little additional planning and effort on the front end will pay huge dividends in the future.
yah as Dexter-ii mention you should do as he is saying and even if you could not under stand or have some problem concern your nearest gardeners.

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