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LottaLiving.com • MCM Landscaping : A how-to guide.
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MCM Landscaping : A how-to guide.

Posted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:41 am
by BAZ_MCM
Spent several weekends breaking my back for some MCM landscaping.

You can read the full post here: http://www.atomicindy.com/2011/11/mid-c ... aping.html

I'll work on uploading pics to Flickr and will post them below later.

Cheers,

-Baz

Posted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:26 am
by robbhouston
Baz,

That looks awesome! I love your house, btw. Did you do the backyard as well? I'd be interested in seeing that too... :)

We did a similar stone perimeter around our house...
http://0044f49.netsolhost.com/nashville ... patio.html

Those pics are old, we've since put in some potted plants and few good sized decorative rocks.

Before...
http://0044f49.netsolhost.com/nashville ... efore.html

The work...
http://0044f49.netsolhost.com/nashville ... uring.html

Again great work! Looks like you had some help too. Lucky you. I did ours myself, with some help from my wife towards the end. I needed it!

--Robb

Posted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 1:56 pm
by BAZ_MCM
Nice work!

I have not tackled the backyard yet. I'll save that for spring. My plans include an edible garden.

Cheers,

-Baz

Posted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 1:34 pm
by BAZ_MCM
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Posted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:12 am
by Mod' i-fy
Very very nice, I recently did the same with rocks but I went more the desert palm springs kinda direction. One problem I'm having though with the small rocks, I have a lot of outdoor neighborhood cats who think my yard is a huge kitty litter box. I don't know if you have stray cats in your neighborhood be prepared to deal with that if you do.

Posted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 11:58 am
by robbhouston

Posted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 1:18 pm
by Van
How do you guys get leaves off the rocks? I've tried leave blowers/vacuums and that either blows/vacuums the rocks as well or doesn't move either. Raking doesn't really seem to work that well either.

Posted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 7:18 pm
by rglater

Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 10:09 am
by egads

Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 1:30 pm
by robbhouston

Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 5:00 pm
by scowsa
We used "DG" - deconstructed granite - when we landscaped. As you can see we used it on the parkways and walkable areas of the front yard.

We like it because of its earth tones and it forms a crust once it's been rained on. Our city would have not let us use stone on the parkways even if we had wanted to, as it get disturbed and ends up in the street.

We pegged down heavy duty weed cloth beforehand and then put down a 2'' layer and compacted it.

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Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 6:36 am
by Mod' i-fy

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 6:47 am
by Mod' i-fy

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 10:18 pm
by Stephen

Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 7:43 am
by Van

Posted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 10:31 am
by midmodDoc
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I harken back to the 60's as a child and recall front yards designed more to welcome guests from the street and not necessarily landscaped for design purposes. This is consistent with the motif of form- follows -function so essential to midcenturymodern concepts. I also prefer softer, natural lines setting off the angles, planes and straight lines of our homes. Just my 2 cents.

Posted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 9:31 am
by Mod' i-fy
Yeah it really takes effort and a desire. Thats why I strongly believe neighbors must be inspired. Sometimes it just takes one person to take the lead so that people can actually see the potential of our home's curb appeal. It looks to be slowly working on my street. Hopefully I'm showing that a simple, clean, uncluttered yard really works with our MCM styled homes (single story low pitched gabbled roofs).

Posted: Tue May 15, 2012 7:29 am
by robbhouston
BAZ_MCM,

Just wondering how your landscaping (particularly, the stone you put down) is working out now that you've lived with it a while...weed-eated along it's edges, leaf blown it, etc...

--Robb

Posted: Tue May 15, 2012 4:07 pm
by SDR
Yes -- please fill us in (if you're still out there) ! I'd like to know how gravity affected your crushed rock, and how the borderless-border technique behaved over time. These facts would help others immensely with their own landscape plans . . .

Thanks !

SDR

Posted: Sat May 03, 2014 10:11 am
by rglater
I came across this while perusing the real estate board. I reposted this to a Face Book page Atomic Frontyards https://www.facebook.com/groups/321276654597915/

You might also check out my page on MCM real estate - I always list Lotta Living as the source and have listed the LL url.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/MCMRealEstate/

rocks in landscaping

Posted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 8:46 pm
by happy modernists in MN
Hi, I've got a few different areas of my yard that have landscaping fabric covered with rock. One area is covered in small rocks (like pea gravel), another with river rocks, and another with larger rocks. My experience has been that there is no landscaping fabric that is affordable, eco friendly (and not plastic), and that REALLY works out there in the market. At least not when I laid it down 5 years ago. It's been a real pain in the butt trying to keep weeds out of all the different style rocks. It's especially hard with the smaller rocks, trying to move them to lift the fabric away to uncover all the roots of the weeds, and then the fabric tears, UGH. It seems like over a short amount of time, pine cones, leaves, etc, decompose into dirt in the rocks and stuff starts to grow :)
It's definitely easier to blow stuff out of the bigger rocks. The pea gravel just gets blown away. Beware if you have kids in your yard, they love to throw the rocks into the grass, which is great when you get to mow the lawn. I ALWAYS wear eyewear now, and long pants, cause every time I mow the lawn I hit rocks that attack. I love the way the rocks look, and it is worth it, but it is definitely not maintenance free! Nothing looks crappier than weeds in rock beds, and when you are a busy person it is very overwhelming to deal with it.
I wish I could bring myself to use plastic landscaping fabric, but I just can't.
Krissy in Minnesota

Posted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:08 pm
by SDR
Why ever not ?

Plastic is just another material, to be used where it's effective. Nature makes resins, and man imitated nature when he learned to manipulate natural material to make synthetic resins. There are those who believe, in fact, that we should be reserving petroleum to make the best plastics, rather than consuming it for fuel.

Is that your objection, that we shouldn't be placing plastics in the natural environment ?

Best -- SDR

can't do it

Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 5:34 am
by happy modernists in MN
I don't put any chemicals on my lawn, and half of it is an organic garden. Just can't do it. The stuff breaks down anyway. I know I'm weird, and maybe totally wrong, but I just can't do it. Just like I don't use plastic cookware or containers. Yuck.

I would assume that you would still have the weed problem after a few years, with sediment, leaves, pinecones breaking down and weeds growing on top of the plastic. Believe me, I'm not here to try to start arguing about these things, just giving my diy experience with it.

Krissy

Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 1:21 pm
by robbhouston
Hey there,

Sorry to hear you've had trouble. We put our stone perimeter down in 2006 and it's held up perfectly to present. I first excavated the area down about 4", then physically removed grass, weeds and roots, then sprayed a ground clear product, then applied the landscape fabric (not plastic) with great care and accuracy. It probably helps we're on a pretty flat lot with very few tress. So, there's no water run off or tree droppings. Every once in a while we'll get a single weed here and there. It'll be suspended in the stone, like maybe it was a bird dropping. Definitely not coming up thru the fabric. I pull them out when they show up, root and all. They come out easy...

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I put down riverstone at my folks house to make it lower maintenance (for them and me, as I do a lot of the yard work for them). Those terraces were covered with an out-of-control English-garden (ie: weeds). Unlike our place, they are at the foot of a hill and the lot is wooded (and on the lake). I find each Spring I have to hit the stone (which is easily 1000s of sqft) with ground clear via a backpack style sprayer. Once I'm ahead of any weeds, they seem to clear up by the beginning of summer. So yeah, there's a bit more maintenance at the beginning of Spring, but after that it's pretty low maintenance...

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--Robb

Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 9:31 am
by Joe

Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 9:33 am
by Joe