We are SO EXCITED!
Mock Pond and Landscape Supply is having a huge sale this week! From June 7th through June 13th join us for our BIGGEST SALE EVER!
Here is a list of our specials!
Pond Liner – Was $1.19 sf, Now $0.99 sf
Pond Plants – Were $10.99-$14.49, Now $7.99-$11.99
Floaters and Oxygenators – Were $4.49 each, Now $3.49 each
Flowering shrubs – 10% off!
On Fridays until further notice, spend $25 and get a FREE 3-4″ goldfish!
Save 10% on any one additive in the store!
Our hours are 9AM-6PM weekdays, and from 9AM-3PM on Saturday. We hope to see you!
EP Henry Seat Walls
The best way to double the value of a retaining wall is to make it a seat wall. Seat walls are simply a short wall that’s designed for comfortable seating. It’s often a design feature that is included in retaining walls adjacent to outdoor living spaces.
Retaining walls are frequently used to raise patios to an elevation above the surrounding grade, sometimes to meet the entry threshold of a raised foundation home. This places the retaining wall and the potential seat wall t the edges of our most frequently used outdoor living spaces. Simply extend the retaining wall 18″ to 2′ above the newly raised patio to provide a comfortable seating bench all year around. These are particularly useful on mild days in the off season when furniture has been stored for the winter.
“We do a lot of seat walls in our modern projects,” says California landscape architect, Joseph Heuttl. “Our preferences is a block core with an ultra-smooth stucco that looks like poured concrete when its well done. We use a special adhesive before application. Our crew has gotten really good at this – it looks like hard-toweled concrete. Sometimes we use a wider cap to increase width with bluestone or cast concrete.”
There’s an even more practical use for seat wall-retaining walls. If the patio raised above a certain height, building codes may require a safety railing. Construction of a seat wall at the edge can be used in lieu of railing to create a safe barrier against people walking or falling off the edge.
When the retaining wall must rise above the patio grade in order to hold a slope, it can become a planter wall as well. A surface suited to seating also makes it easier to admire the planting and to maintain it on a daily basis. Seat walls can become a great help for those who are old or infirmed and need a place to sit while gardening. In short, seat walls make sense.
Things to remember about seat walls:
Height: The average height of a seat wall is 18″ but this can vary with the site and user.
Width: To make a surface that’s both safe and comfortable, the top of a seat wall should be 12″ wide minimum
Surface: Avoid capping a seat wall with rough flagstone or other irregular surfacing that can prove uncomfortable. Older users may find slight bumps or depressions become painful after just a short time.
Material: Be conscious of what kind of material you use so it does not have a tendency to snag synthetic clothing or finely woven natural cloth. The major offenders are wire cut brick and mortar joints with high percentages of sharp sand.
Seat wall Caps
Landscape Architect Marco Romani of Glencoe, IL is keen on the proper cap for every seat wall. “We like to see a pronounced color difference between the cap and our stone veneer. A light value wall will call for darker slate, and a dark wall uses a lighter colored cap.” Proportions are also important. “A seat wall cap size is relative to the scale of the wall itself. We use a 2″ thick cap at minimum because thinner ones don’t offer the substantial heft to a stone wall we like to see. If we have a much bigger wall we special order a proportionately larger cap. We prefer they overhang from 1 1/2″ to 2″overhang on each side, and that edge should be routed to allow water to fall straight down and not draw back onto the stone face of the wall where it can cause staining and introduce unnecessary water into the core.”
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We aren’t just koi pond experts! Mock Property Services specializes in Lake Management and offers products to help you maintain a beautiful earth bottom pond or lake?
Lake and pond aeration systems induce circulation and add dissolved oxygen throughout the body of water, helping to mitigate the damage caused by excessive nutrient loading. Floating fountain aerators are visually pleasing additions to any pond or lake that offer localized aeration and work great for shallow symmetrically shaped lakes and ponds. Submersed aeration systems release oxygen directly into the water column at precise locations, and work extremely well for circulating large areas of water and increasing oxygen levels in deeper bodies of water.
Whether subsurface aeration or fountain surface aeration is the preferred choice, a high quality and properly sized aeration system is essential to promoting a balanced aquatic ecosystem.
Benefits of Lake and Pond Aeration:
1. Improves Water Quality
Under oxygen deprived conditions, bottom sediments release noxious gases and metals that can cause water quality problems. Proper aeration allows for many of the factors contributing to poor water quality to be mitigated.
2. Reduces the Likelihood of Excessive Algae Growth
The oxygen that is added to your waterbody through aeration facilitates the conversion of phosphorus to forms that are not usable by algae as food. Aeration can also effectively mix algae spores towards deeper parts of your lake or pond, meaning they will have less available sunlight and time to grow.
3. Removes Foul Odors
As bottom water mixes and becomes oxygenated through aeration, the hydrogen sulfide gas that causes foul odors will be greatly reduced.
4. Enhances Fish Habitat
Stratification occurs when changes in water temperatures cause distinct layers of water to form at different depths based on differences in water densities. Thermal stratification results in periods of oxygen depletion which will cause an overall decline in ecosystem efficiency and, in severe cases, may lead to fish kills. By disrupting stratification through aeration, a healthier habitat will be created for fish and other aquatic organisms.
5. Decreases Mosquito Activity
Mosquitoes require still water conditions for their eggs to develop. A floating fountain or submersed aerator will create a constant flow of water in your lake or pond, helping to reduce viable mosquito breeding habitat and acting as a natural and sustainable mosquito control solution.
6. Reduces the Accumulation of Bottom Sediment
Organic matter decomposes much more slowly under low oxygen conditions, and this leads to buildup of bottom sediment in your waterbody. Proper aeration will help to reduce the overall accumulation of organic sediment on the bottom of your lake or pond, potentially prolonging or preventing the need for future dredging.
Aeration is a very valuable tool in water quality management and is an essential part of many integrated lake and pond management programs.
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