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How to construct a Small Arbor

Large garden arbors function well as daring focal points in the home garden, however a little arbor functions well to span small garden trails or as a decorative feature in a flowerbed. A 6-foot tall trellis is that the minimum height needed to enable most adults to pass beneath the arbor, but it is possible to scale down the size even further for a children’s play area. Use pressure-treated lumber so that the arbor isn’t damaged from outside exposure.

Dig four 2-foot deep postholes that are around 5-by-5-inches square. Space the back and front post holes about 4 feet apart to span a pathway and approximately 2 feet apart to the arbor thickness.

Set an 8-foot 4-by-4-inch article in every posthole and fill the holes with wet concrete to set the poles securely. Hold a degree from the side of every article to check for plumb. You can screw a 2-by-4 to the article using 3-inch wood screws and then conduct the opposite end diagonally to the bottom to brace the poles while you permit the post to set for at least 3 hours.

Expand 6-foot long 2-by-4s on top of the front poles and back poles with 3-inch wood screws, leaving 1 foot of overhang at each side.

Attach 2-foot long 1-by-4-inch boards horizontally to span the two left poles along with the two right posts, using 3-inch wood screws. Space the boards around 12 inches apart, starting 12 inches in the ground so it’s possible to train vines around the sides, if wanted.

Screw 3-foot long 1-by-4-inch boards to the front and back horizontal 2-by-4s to form the arbor very best. Space the boards 6 to 12 inches apart, depending upon your preference, leaving 6 inches of overhang at the front and back of the arbor.

Brush wood stain or wood water sealer on the entire structure to preserve the wood. Alternatively, paint the wood instead to add color to the landscape.

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How to Make a Bog to get a Pond

An artificial bog can purify water, filtering gray-water and runoffthat enhances its quality for fish, other animals and plants. A bog also gives the chance to grow quite a few colorful and intriguing plants. It might make a pond look bigger without dropping just as much water to nest within an open pond. The water from an existing pond also can be allowed to back into a bog.

Select a website for the bog at the border of the pond. An superb website is a place where water already flows into the pond. Mark out the region to your bog using flour. Pump enough water from the pond using a submersible pump or allow it to drain via a garden hose so that the water in the pond is at least 6 inches below its ordinary level.

Excavate the bog area to a depth of 2 feet 3 inches under ground level. Catch a ridge of soil between the bog and pond that is 3 inches lower than the pond’s normal water level.

Line the bog with 2 inches of sand. Cover the sand using a flexible pond liner. Drape the liner above the ridge of soil and into the pond. Use waterproof glue or waterproof tape to attach the bog’s liner and pond’s liner. Secure the liner edges, and disguise the liner by putting stones on it.

Fill the base of the bog using 1- to 1 1/2-inch round gravel to a depth of 6 inches. Cover that gravel with at least 6 to 12 inches of pea gravel.

Construct a barrier with rocks along the ridge between the bog and pond. Put a screen of 1/4-inch vinyl mesh on the back of the barrier.

Fill the bog with soil until it is level with the surrounding soil. Cover the soil with organic mulch, such as wood chips or shredded leaves.

Refill the pond. The water will flow over the barrier and into the bog. Allow the soil settle for a couple of days, then plant wetland plants in the bog.

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