zen garden - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by serenekoshy
February 16, 2011
hey there.so my promise to myself this year is to make a portion of our back yard into a zen garden. I would appreciate any advice on it. but a couple of questions that come to mind are1.if i were to put the sand would it become a mess once in snows in winters? 2.i saw this little rock fountain i loved with river bed like sheets can i just place these on the grass?or does that mean alot of digging


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Answer from NGA
February 16, 2011

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Zen themed gardens are so restful! There are a couple of concerns with using sand. First, it may very well disappear in the snow or with hard rains which can force the sand down into the soil. Of more concern is that if you have a large expanse of sand you may be inviting neighborhood cats to visit your garden - not a pleasant thought! I suppose you could level the earth beneath the sand bed then lay fabric weed block and then place your sand on the fabric. If the sand was less than two inches deep it might not attract neighborhood cats (they like to dig deeper) and the sand wouldn't disappear into the soil because of the rain and snow. Two inches of sand would also give you enough depth to rake it into patterns. Just a thought. Or, you might want to use crushed granite instead of sand. The larger particle size might discourage cats and you'd still get that gentle flowing pattern when you raked it.

You can install your fountain directly on the grass as long as you can level it so it stands up straight. A string trimmer should keep grass from encroaching on the base of the fountain.

Best wishes with your landscape.

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