July 5, 2017
FREE Admission to the 20th Annual Parade of Ponds!


A VERY Special Offer!

Now is your chance to receive FREE admission to the 20th Annual Parade of Ponds tour!  Spend $100 or more at Mock Pond and Landscape Supply from 7/5/17 to 7/11/17 & WE WILL PAY YOUR ADMISSION!!!  This $10.00 value is our way of saying THANK YOU for your loyalty!  
Parade of Ponds Schedule of Events:
South Tour:  July 15-16th
Under the Lights Tour:  July 21
North Tour:  July 22-23
Join fellow pond enthusiasts as they showcase their ponds to give ideas and inspiration!
Backyard Privacy
7 Ways to Make Your Backyard Private
Privacy: The most coveted item on all backyard wish lists. Because no matter how fabulous your balcony or how inviting your chimenea, all of the summertime magic comes to a screeching halt when you feel like you’re on display. These 7 privacy ideas -stacked from easy to hard – will help you cordon off your space and relax with a little more privacy. 
1. Make a Potted Screen
Difficulty Level: Easy
Who doesn’t love a container garden? Nearly every kind of plant can be grown in a pot and pots aren’t permanent, so this is a great option for renters. Even a forever home can benefit from this design idea: potted plants are a no-brainer for adding greenery to hard surfaces like balconies and patios. For maximum privacy, plant varieties of bamboo, tall grasses, fruit trees, or arborvitae (the most popular evergreen privacy tree out there).
2. Install a Faux Hedge
Difficulty Level: Easy
No watering, no pruning, and no waiting for the hedge to take form – this is a fantastic option if you don’t mind paying a little more at the outset. Hedge panels are available in multiple sizes and can even be fitted with sound-proofing insulation to double the privacy factor.
3. Grow a Hedge
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Prefer the real deal? Installing a hedge the natural way will take a bit more effort, including picking the right plant (How high will it grow? What kind of light does it need? How often should it be watered and pruned?) and then planting it. Boxwood and privet are the classic choices for hedges, but flowering bushes like rhododendron or laurel can grow 8 feet tall too.
4. Hang Drapes
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Strategically placed swaths of fabric add privacy and a breezy coastal vibe. This is the most budget friendly option on our list, especially if you already have a patio or arbor. We’ve seen grommeted outdoor curtains for sale, but you can also use drop cloths sprayed with a water-resistant coating.
5. Climb Plants on a Trellis
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
You’ll need to diligently care for the plants as they grow and creep upward, but you won’t have to wait for the plants to grow to have privacy – because the trellis will do a pretty good job of blocking any view instantly.
6. Grow a Vertical Garden
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Two birds with one stone – fill your vertical garden with herbs and vegetables to reap the edible benefits all season long. Build your own or buy a few ready-to-go tower planters.
7. Put Up a Pergola
Difficulty Level: Advanced
Adding a pergola is definitely an investment, but there’s no better way to build an outdoor living room. Finish the look with outdoor curtains and market lights to transform your not-so-secret garden into a private destination for sparkly summer evenings.
Visit Berlin Gardens to view their online catalog, and call us today for a FREE, same day quote!
At Mock Property Services, we believe 
in helping you 
Love Where You Live” 
Private Backyard Lake
Ever think of building your own lake?
Wouldn’t it be great to go swimming and fishing in your own private lake, without ever leaving your backyard? The owners of this home, located in the Pacific Northwest along the Washougal River, have that luxury. Avid about the outdoors, they wanted their landscape to be a recreational retreat, while offering a hospitable environment for local wildlife. They also loved to fish and wanted to turn a natural depression in their backyard into a small lake that they could populate with native species of game fish. This man-made lake environment is a haven for many land animals as well. Local black-tailed deer, squirrels, and rabbits are frequent visitors, with wood ducks stopping by during their migration.
Key Design Features
The lake is approximately 50 feet by 90 feet, and ranges in depth from 3 feet in an area intended for swimming to 12 feet. On one side of the lake, is a large patio with stone slabs steps that lead down to the swimming area. On the opposite shore is a suspended stone dock for fishing and a waterfall that flows over large natural-stone boulders. A small grotto was created so swimmers can sit beneath the cascading water.
Off to the side of the main waterfall runs a stream planted with Black-Eyed Susans, Echinacea, Shasta Daisies, vine maple trees, and Miscanthus. “This area will become a mass of color as the year progresses,” says Jason Sarvela of Woody’s Custom Landscaping, which excavated the lake and installed all the stonework and landscape plantings. “To add to the natural feel, the water in the stream runs over windswept moss boulders found at a nearby rock pit.”
At the front entry of the home is another fish-friendly water feature, a small pond inhabited by Japanese Koi fish. The entryway is paved with mortar-set Iron Mountain flagstone, a predominantly blue-black stone with rust-toned highlights. It extends over the Koi pond, forming a footbridge under which the fish can swim freely back and forth.
Another landscaping highlight in the front of the home is a serpentine retaining wall faced with cultured stone, which was used to frame the home’s terraced front lawn. Precast stone was also used to create raised garden beds that the homeowners use to grow herbs and vegetables. Paver walkways were installed around the raised beds to provide easy access.
“The landscape trend in our area has been going more and more towards incorporation of hardscaping into outdoor living spaces,” says Sarvela. Homeowner preferences were the main factors considered when deciding on the selection of hardscaping materials and plantings on this project. But in many cases, local materials were used, such as stone boulders from area quarries.
Project Challenges
This project was installed in the late fall, winter, and early spring, during the coldest, wettest time of the year in the Pacific Northwest. “The schedule of events became a critical factor, depending on whether it was going to rain, freeze, or snow,” says Sarvela. Fortunately, excavation of the lake went fairly quickly, with the weather holding off during process, says Sarvella, who estimates that about 600 cubic yards of soil was removed using a combination of excavation equipment including track hoes, a front-end loader and a Ditch Witch multipurpose track machine. Track hoes were also used to place the large boulders that line the lake and form the water features.
After the project began, the homeowners decided to increase the size of the lake size by 20 feet so they could cast their fishing lines across the water. “This made for a significantly larger volume of water than originally planned,” says Sarvela. More than 300,000 gallons of water, to be exact, which came from a well on the site. Over 33,000 gallons per hour of water flows over the falls. “This required three separate pumps and vaults to pump all the water to a filter behind the main waterfall,” says Sarvela.
Multiple skimmers are located around the lake with intakes from the bottom. An aeration device along with the addition of an environmentally friendly microbial bacteria also aid in keeping the water healthy and clean, for both the fish and the daring skinny dipper. “At the deepest end of the lake, algae is a factor,” says Sarvela. “The addition of the microbial product encourages the growth of normal beneficial bacteria that feeds on the algae.”

Does something like this interest you?  Contact us today to schedule a consultation and make this come to life!


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