The Art and Wisdom of Japanese Gardens- karesansui

Dry Landscape Garden

This type of garden stone placement is modeled to look like the base of a mountain or hillside field. Where there are no water features present in nature or the maintenance of man-made water elements is not desirable this garden type can give you a similar look.

A wonderful example of this type of garden is located in Northfield MN on the campus of Carleton College to the east of Watson hall and up the hill from the tennis courts.

Jyo Ro En – The Garden of Quiet Listening – is a beautiful space that incorporates a mountain ‘stream’ cascading down to a wide ‘lake’ surrounded by lush vegetation carefully pruned to enhance the entire ‘picture’. The garden is viewed from the small pavilion and a path of stones directs you along the north edge of the garden.

Our expert team is available to help out with planning for the right look, installation instructions and tips or complete a project for your own outdoor space. Give us a call today to schedule your consultation 507-581-6886 or email amy@ateamlandscape.com

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FAUX NATURAL STONE – GET THE LOOK WITHOUT THE PRICE TAG

Some of the following pictures are from the Rochester Concrete Products website and feature Rosetta Stone.

The natural look of beautiful stone walls, columns, accents and patios appeals to a lot of us. There is something about a carefully designed landscape that looks like a scene we might happen upon in the mountains or a walk in the woods. The wild grace of an undisturbed native environment, especially one that has a time weathered stone, invokes something beautiful in our minds. While a careful plan from a Creator has formed these natural environments with no effort,  we humans try to replicate them in our little domains through much effort to make it look unplanned and natural.

TRADITIONAL NATURAL PRODUCTS

 There is a myriad of products available fashioned from available stones and cut into all shapes and sizes. We can make walls, patios, walkways, columns and more. But along with the natural look comes the ‘natural’ shape, thickness and all the variabilities. Time consuming labor hours  with the price tag of stone cost and delivery quickly drive up the project budget. Experience and a craftsman eye are key to a successful and beautiful end product.

A NEW GENERATION OF ‘STONE’

The landscape industry is consistently expanding and working on new technologies to improve aesthetics, functionality and installation ease. While many products that try to replicate natural stone look fake and patterned there are some available that strive and meet the desired effect.  One of the most notable manufactures is Rosetta Stone. They have carefully selected stone to build their forms and patterns around then use high quality concrete with a through color mix to replicate our favorite looks. They have a great firepit kit that beautifully replicates the random cut stone look. Also available are column kits, wall stone and outcropping stone looks.

STRONG LOOKS UNDERFOOT

Samsung Techwin

Popular choices for ground surface include stamped concrete that can be formed, patterned and textured to replicate natural stone in color and feel. As with plain concrete, stamped concrete is subject to cracking in freeze thaw cycles. Other products include concrete pavers in cut or random sizes and may have a tumbled process to give a weathered look. These types of products are more consistent in top surface being level which provides an advantage to the inconsistent nature of flagstone especially with the use of furniture.

EXPLORE FOR YOUR LOOK

Our expert team is available to help out with planning for the right look, installation instructions and tips or complete a project for your own outdoor space. Give us a call today to schedule your consultation 507-581-6886 or email amy@ateamlandscape.com

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Natural Stone Landscape Options

Landscape Choices:

Edging- want a different look to your landscape edging?

Chilton Stone Edging

Flagstone (steppers)- clean walking from here to there!

Chilton Steppers

Flagstone (irregular or cut)- formal to rustic, pick your style.

Mississippi Bluff Limestone

Wall cut- tight joints for a clean look.

Mississippi Bluff Limestone

Boulders (accent or walls)- naturalistic style at its finest!

Small Boulder Raised Planting Bed

Mulch- low maintenance groundcover? Depends how you blow it!

Mocha Dark Brown Rock and Shakopee Red Rock
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