One of the benefits of working in a watery side of the business is to get to really play with aspects of water that you might only do once or twice in your career. I get to do them almost daily.
Last couple of weeks we have been working on a not so small stream bed which will ultimately join a much larger body of water but the stream is a whole new set of rules and behaviours and things to think through.
Will it flow all the time?, will it have it’s own pump?, how do we feed the jets that will be the ‘stream source’? how many stream source jets? how deep is the ‘fall’? will it have damns? how deep is the stream bed and what is it made of? how far will it spread out? what volume of water will it add to the big body of water and so what’s the water displacement needed below? where is the liner (water) edge and where is the ‘edge’ edge? how does it flow into the big body of water? and on it goes…
After that there is drawing it up so the landscapers can actually execute it all successfully, working out levels so that not only does it sit in it’s land location it connects successfully with the water and levels below.
Cross section after cross section is drawn up because it curves and winds and things change as it interacts with a little bridge, it’s source, a jetty, a deck and finally the shallows of the big body of water and some deep water planting. PHEW
Thank heavens for Landscape Detailing Volume 4: Water and the delightful Creating Garden Ponds and Water Features book by the Acres Wild folk.