Hi Guys, this is Carl your landscape guy.
Today I want to show you step by step how I built this 18 meter long stream. The view
on this plan shows that the stream runs from the right, past the terraces enclosed by the
stone garden and all the way to the left into the sump container. The integrated natural
stone crossing allows easy access to the lawn area from the terrace. Of course, several
dams are built into the stream, which is crucial for pleasant water splashing. The water is
carried from the sump container by a pump back up to the beginning of the stream. The
sump container is equipped with an overflow, so that excess rain water is drained into
the next trench. A natural terrain gradient is present on this private property, so that
a stream can be perfectly integrated into the environment. First, the rain barrel is installed, marking
the lowest point of the stream. I chose a stable 800 liter rain barrel. Before putting
it in the ground, I provide the container with an overflow, so that the excess water
can be removed under controlled conditions. For this purpose, a suitable hole is cut into
the side to fit the PVC pipe which is sealed from the inside with silicone. Now the container
is installed into the soil with a layer of gravel underneath to make it stable. It is
important that it is leveland at the correct height. In this case, a groundwater pipe is
connected to the container, so later there is consistently enough clean water available
for the stream. Before using ground or rain water for streams or ponds, the water should
be tested for components because some substances can harm bodies of water and their inhabitants.
The overflow is connected to a ditch and then everything is again filled with soil. Now the terrain can be roughly modeled with
the excavator, and a lot of manual work is saved this way. One can now imagine where
the water will run later. Now we continue at the upper end of the stream.
From here we’ve begun to form the riverbed. Old paving stones are set in concrete to ensure
that the water level has a stable bank and is kept straight. Then the stream can be cleanly
molded in between that. Also in this area, a pipe is placed for the
supply of ground water, so that it can be used later to either lead directly into the
sump or to feed the stream. The riverbed is prepared to be naturally wider
in some parts andnarrower in others. Don’t forget to install cables now that you
might need on the other side of the stream later. In the locations where dams are to be built,
a small cross trench is first excavated. Then paving slabs are mounted edgewise. This can
be set in concrete for better support, if needed. Down the slope of the terrace it’s
set up the same way at the water’s edge. Now the concrete water edges can be made on
the dams too. That prevents heavy boulders from sagging later, which could cause water
loss. The rain barrel sits purposely much deeper
than the terrain, and then the old paving slabs protect the soil from sagging into it. The little bit higher edge of the paving stones
here means that later the water will flow towards the center and into the rain barrel. Now the hose to the pump must be laid. It
is placed behind the shoreline from the reservoir up to the beginning of the stream. It is important
to make sure that the hose is not squashed or kinked. Protruding corners of the dams are to be grinded
off. Thus, the liner can lie properly without severe tensions later; also wedges are set
into the barrages with concrete. The rain barrel won’t be visible later and
will disappear under the stones. So this grille made from a galvanized piece of fence keeps
stones from falling into it. To protect the stream liner, the river bed is first covered
with old pond liner pieces and fabric. Then the new liner can be installed in one piece.
I make sure that the liner isn’t too tight and doesn’t have too many wrinkles. On the rain barrel, a hole is cut into the
liner at the center of the barrel. Then the galvanized steel fence is placed on top. A piece of pond liner is used as a protective
layer to build the stone crossing on. Now natural stones are picked out with a flat
finish and set in concrete. Later, the water among the stones will have to flow through,
so I pay attention to sufficient distance. The top surface of all stones at the path
should be installed at the same level to contribute to a harmonious picture on the path. The four waterfall-dams are also set in concrete.
This requires a certain eye and experience for the right setting of matching boulders
so that the water runs over them the right way later. Once the concrete is cured, I continued to
place boulders into and around the brook by using the largest stones first. Before laying
the smaller stones I install the electrical appliances and run the wires on the liner.
I connect an aquamax 6000 pump to the hose and place it on the bottom of the barrel.
Also I set up 3 waterproof lights to illuminate the brook. All cables are centrally routed to the FM-Master
making everything switchable to the remote control later. The liner should no longer be visible later
on, so more stones are placed in the stream. But before that, selected locations are arranged
with aquatic plants. Outside of the stream, a concrete mow strip
lined with brick is now set. The gentle curves adapt with the harmony of the water and contribute
to the overall theme. Between the flow of the stream and the mow
strip, weed control fabric is put down, for the plants’holes are cut into the fabric
before planting. Then, the fabric is covered with Rhine gravel. For a natural appearance
rhine gravel is also distributed between the boulders in the stream. Around the area, a little soil work is now
still necessary. After the floor is spread, and the soil is worked to the correct height
of the mowing edge, the lawn can be sown. Finally, the pleasant sound of running water
on the terrace and in the whole garden creates a pleasing atmosphere. All of the visitors to the stream enjoy the
natural surroundings. The Japanese style of the winter garden was
chosen and redefined by the stream with the rock garden and appropriate plants such as
pine, lavender, pieris and grasses. At dusk, a subtle lighting system works in
conjunction with the faint murmur of the brook for a pleasant mood. I hope you liked my video and perhaps it helped
with your project. In any case, I would appreciate a “thumbs
up” and I look forward to your comment. On my channel you will find more videos about
gardening and landscaping, please take a look and subscribe if you like it. Thanks for watching and until next time,
Your Carl the landscape guy

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