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THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Creating inviting outdoor living spaces for your mountain home
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Managing Editor KEVIN S. MACMILLAN Contributing Editor CAITLIN ROW Design Team Manager AFTON POSPISILOVA Art Direction & Design MALISA SAMSEL CARLY ARNOLD Contributing Writers AMELIA RICHMOND ADAM JENSEN KATRINA PAZ
JANET K. GREEN The West Shore cottage is a marvel of modern architecture. P H O T O : VA N C E F O X / VA N C E F O X . C O M
4 SIERRA SUNSET
A look at what makes this $59 million East Shore property stand out
6 RIGHT NEAR THE BEACH
First full ownership lakefront community in decades is coming to the South Shore
8 OLD AND NEW SCHOOL
Todd Mather blends the old and the new with this West Shore cottage
12 LOOKING OUT
16 WATER AND WHIMSY
Consider a welldesigned and sustainable water feature for your mountain home
From patio parties to outdoor amenities, celebrate summer in style
CREATIVITY IS KEY UP HERE IN THE MOUNTAINS
Lakeside deck by IMI Design Studio. Turn to page 12 to read more about outdoor living spaces. Photo: Vance Fox / VanceFox.com
here’s nothing quite like summer in the Sierra Nevada. Correction: There’s nothing quite like summer in the Lake Tahoe-Truckee region of the Sierra Nevada. While other cities and communities in the Sierra Foothills and elsewhere have to deal with 100-plus-degree temperatures and humid conditions (and the mosquitoes and other bugs that come along with it) in August and September, for the most part we are protected from too many “harsh” elements up here above 6,200 feet in elevation. Our nights are cool, and while our days definitely can get hot, the dry heat in the Sierra Nevada makes for a generally pleasant time all day and night long. This is especially important when planning an afternoon or evening get-together at your mountain home. From having the right barbecue setup, to putting out comfortable patio furniture, to providing the perfect level of peace and tranquility to wash these summer nights away under the stars, it’s important to know what you’re up against. Luckily, this edition of Lake Tahoe Home has your bases covered, as we feature a pair of fun stories that highlight the importance of what to do with outdoor spaces and water features at your mountain home. So go ahead — get creative. It’s the best way to attack a new project. Kevin MacMillan is managing editor of Lake Tahoe Home, Tahoe Magazine and SierraSun.com. Are you interested in advertising, or do you have feedback or ideas about Lake Tahoe Home’s content? Email Kevin at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
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executive George Schmitt and wife Clare, the property has been a proven haven for prized racehorses. The barn houses 15 heated stalls, an office, grooming area and an adjacent 1,348-squarefoot caretaker’s quarters. The main residence boasts commercial grade construction completed by Q&D builders in 2004, with more than 400 tons of Montana stone gracing the exterior. It features eight bedroom suites, most with fireplaces and lakeside terraces; a grand foyer; a gourmet kitchen with butler’s pantry; a formal dining room and a wine room with seating; a game room and home theater; a rear staircase; and a fourcar heated garage. A two bedroom
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guest home with lower garage is set just outside the main house gates. The property’s meadow is recognizable to those who followed the hit series “Bonanza,” NBC’s longest running Western that was filmed along Tahoe’s shores and aired between 1959-1973. The opening scene was filmed in the meadow at this beautiful property, with views of Lake Tahoe in the background. “The quality and detail of this spectacular custom home sets it apart from other lakefront estates,” said colisting agent Lexi Cerretti, of Sotheby’s International Realty. “Rarely do we find recent construction of this scale, combined with coveted lakefront amenities of a long sandy beach and pier.” “What’s special about the private location is the proximity to world-class skiing, dining and entertainment just minutes from the front gate,” added Dan Spano, co-listing agent for the estate. “Both South Lake Tahoe and Minden airports are easily accessible for private jets, and the Nevada address is coveted for tax reasons.” While the sought-after location, architecture, exquisite setting and nearby recreational amenities make Sierra Sunset a treasure on its own, it’s
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the equestrian facilities that set this lakefront estate apart from all other Lake Tahoe properties. The Schmitts are extremely proud of the thoroughbreds raised on the property. Their prize-winning horses include Sierra Sweetie (2-year-old Filly of the Year in California), Cinderella Liberty (2-year-old Filly of the Year in Washington), and the namesake Sierra Sunset, a leading Sophomore Sire in the California and Kentucky Derby qualifiers. According to the current owners, the estate’s buyer will be provided with the opportunity to submit a name to be considered for the next yearling raised on the property that is in line to become a bonafide racehorse, within reason of Jockey Club approval. Sotheby’s International Realty has eight office locations throughout Lake Tahoe and Truckee: Incline Village, South Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley, Stateline/Village at Heavenly, Tahoe City Gallery, Tahoe Donner, Downtown Truckee and Tahoe City Lakeside. Visit sierrasothebysrealty.com to learn more.
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mountain style architecture are common along Lake Tahoe’s shoreline. Equestrian properties with large land tracts are rare. First-class equestrian facilities are just one feature that makes the Sierra Sunset property listing an unrivaled piece of real estate. A 378-foot stretch of sandy beach and pier with boat hoist, 13-acre irrigated meadow for horses, and a 16,703-square-foot main house make it worth every penny of the $59 million price tag. Located in Zephyr Cove, Sierra Sunset sits on 31 acres nestled against the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe. Owned by Telecom
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Join the club South Shore’s Tahoe Beach Club strives to be the lake’s newest icon by ADAM JENSEN
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Tahoe Beach Club are hoping to create more than luxury condominiums — they’re looking to create a Lake Tahoe icon. The project, set to break ground this August, will replace the former Tahoe Shores Mobile Home Park at the southeast corner of Lake Tahoe with 143 full-ownership condominiums, all centered on a private beach club. Two- to five-bedroom residences will be clustered together at the property between Nevada Beach and Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course and surrounded by 300 acres of meadow, providing
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prime access to much of what Lake Tahoe has to offer. The residences are being designed by Collaborative Design Studio, known for the lakefront Lone Eagle Grille at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort in Incline Village, in conjunction with TRH Interior Design. Tahoe Beach Club is currently accepting reservations for 48 phase one residences located closest to the beach. Units in the first phase will run in the area of 1,500 and 4,000 square feet and range from more than $1 million to $5 million. A second phase of construction is scheduled to begin in 2017, with a third phase expected to follow, said Bob Mecay, principal of the
Tahoe Beach Club development group. The first residents will begin arriving in fall 2017. “It’s coming along really well in the first six months,” said Mike Collins, CEO of IMI Worldwide Properties, the brokerage firm for Tahoe Beach Club, regardng interest in the property. “So far the reception in terms of sales has been excellent,” added Mecay. “We’ve gotten a very, very good response, so we’re excited about that.” Touted as the first fullownership lakefront community approved on the lake in more than 30 years, Tahoe Beach Club is highlighted by a 32,000-squarefoot beach club featuring a
fine dining restaurant, bar and grill, yoga and pilates pavilion, fitness facility, business center, concierge, and full-service spa. Extending from there, Tahoe Beach Club property owners and members will have access to a private sand beach with cabanas and fire pits, as well as an infinity pool overlooking Lake Tahoe. A 160-foot floating pier will also offer boat valet service to members. The club itself will feature a “mountain modern” look, Mecay said, and is designed by architect John Sather of Swaback Partners, which is behind the Family Barn and Camp Lodge at Truckee’s Martis Camp.
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A conceptual look at one of the condo units.
TAHOE BEACH CLUB WILL OFFER... • Full concierge services. • State of the art fitness facilities. • Private sand beach. • Yoga pavilion and Pilates studio. • 160 foot floating pier. • Full service spa. • Boat valet services. • Fine dining, beachside bar & grill. • Beachside fire pits and cabanas. • In-residence dining. • Infinity edge pool overlooking Lake Tahoe. • Complete business center. • Full shuttle service and more. Visit thetahoebeachclub.com to learn more about Tahoe Beach Club.
This conceptual drawing shows where the club property lies in relation to Lake Tahoe and surrounding communities.
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above: Nevada State Beach is one of numerous amenities located near Tahoe Beach Club.
“He saw the site and said, ‘I want to be part of this. This is going to be iconic,’” Mecay said. Options for interiors of residences will range from
traditional to contemporary, he added. “Materials have been creatively layered — wood abuts stone and metal, creating a
textural vibrancy,” according to a description of the project from developers. “Throughout the homes, custom lighting, wide expanses of windows,
large decks, fine appliances and appointments all speak to an elevated, active and relaxing lifestyle while maintaining an understated elegance.” The project has been 15 years in the making and is designed to be a legacy project at Lake Tahoe, Mecay said. Project developers have committed to at least silver certification through Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). “We’ll gear the whole thing toward being an environmentally friendly project,” Mecay said. The goal is to build a community that will stand the test of time and last for generations to come. “I don’t think there’s anything on the lake like this,” Mecay said. “I’m not sure that there will be opportunities to do this again.” AUGUST 2016 | LAKE TAHOE HOME
OLD SCHOOL SASHAY Modern techniques help create old-world cottage on Tahoe’s West Shore by KATRINA PAZ
better, especially at Lake Tahoe, where space is limited, both by Mother Nature and local conservation ordinances. Tahoe City architect Todd Mather is no stranger to designing intimate homes exuding quiet charm and character. A recent Mather design project involved a small home on Tahoe’s West Shore, which was recently purchased by a stylistically astute Napa couple. The owners, now
empty nesters, didn’t need extensive space, but an entire overhaul would be needed to create the home of their dreams. The original structure was a cabin built in the 1930s that would not withstand a renovation. “After assessing the building, I recommended starting over,” Mather said, noting that the plumbing and wiring were completely outdated. The near-century-old structure also sat in the midst of a flood plain. The owners wanted, however, to preserve
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the look and feel of the historic building. “They wanted to keep the home very small, distinct. They loved the character of the old cabin.” So Mather, principal at TGM Architect, went to work essentially recreating the cottage. Having relocated to Lake Tahoe from Park City, Utah, in 2002, and currently serving as chair on the Tahoe Basin Design Review Committee, Mather is no stranger to the intricacies and challenges
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A cantilevered second floor creates additional space and minimizes land coverage.
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of designing mountain homes and creating unique living spaces. Mather worked with longtime collaborator and engineer Doug Gadow of Truckee’s Linchpin Structural Engineering to solve the issues of space and snow load. The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency requires homes to have a limited footprint, so a few homes and buildings are created upwards, then out — as a strategy to accomplish constructing a small home on an even smaller footprint. The two looked to design a cantilevered second floor to create the necessary space. Cantilevers are very common in architecture (every rafter tail is a cantilever, Gadow says), however for this particular project, a double cantilever was used to assist with the inevitable snow load and the smaller structure. Several large steel beams and columns were incorporated throughout the upper floor framing.
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This helped transfer the large roof loads into and through the main level walls down to the foundation. By having the upper floor stack on the lower level walls, they were able to create the two en-suite bedrooms, rather than be limited to a single one. To deal with potential flooding, a flood-proof foundation was created. This feature allows water to flow through the foundation as well as withstand the pressures associated with floodwater. Once it was decided how to overcome the structural challenges of the second floor, and the flood plain was addressed, Mather focused on the interior aesthetics. While the exposed interior timber rafters throughout the ceilings enhance the old-cottage feel, they are decorative only. The team used a traditional structural system that is buried in the ceiling cavities and hidden behind the drywall. The exposed reclaimed timber, which is therefore non-structural, is more appropriately sized (smaller) and spaced farther apart giving
the home a better sense of scale, despite the huge snow loads that impact the actual structural system. Not only was this method more aesthetic, it proved costeffective, creating a savings of more than $40,000. While the exterior of the cottage looks and feels like an old log home, it is not. In reality it’s a traditionally-framed home clad in gorgeous reclaimed timber and chinked to give it a certain texture and veneer, further giving it the appearance of a historic cottage. Mather created space, or the appearance of space, in the 1,850-square-foot home with a soaring living room adorned with antique lights, a mantle, and an exposed, overlooking reading loft. “I try to be very efficient in all my designs,” Mather said. “This design was definitely compact. We included numerous features in the home to make it feel spacious, however.” He points to the open staircase as one of the standout spacecreating elements. It basks in natural light through high windows as it leads to the two bedrooms upstairs. A Romeo and Juliet balcony in the master suite overlooks the grounds and Lake Tahoe, while the open closet area hides personal belongings in a galley of full-height cabinets. A diminutive media den is even cozier with a window seat, while the kitchen has its own fireplace and an integrated reading space. The owners also included their own personal touches into the layout and design. Having handled the interior design on two previous homes, they had procured many of their own antiques and furnishings. Mather integrated a repurposed bar-island they had supplied, as well as the corbels and lighting around the fireplace. “It has great character,” Mather said. “It’s wrapped in recycled Utah barn wood and feels as if it could have been built a century ago. But now it’s built to stand the test of time.” For more information about Mather and his work projects around Lake Tahoe, go to TGMArchitect.com.
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LIVE IT UP IN STYLE THIS SUMMER AT LAKE TAHOE WITH THESE OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE IDEAS By Amelia Richmond
North Lake Tahoe transplant of seven years, I originally hail from the land of bugs. Mosquitos swarmed the summer dinners on my family’s New England patio, and no-see-ums attacked any exposed skin the mosquitos left untouched. Here in the Northern California mountains, however, our evenings are gloriously bugfree, and gardens, decks and patios offer outdoor space with the potential to create living spaces as welcoming and comfortable as our indoor family rooms and kitchens. We asked design experts for tips to create the most useful and inviting outdoor living spaces for mountain homes.
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Incline Village backyard retreat designed by Todd Gordon Mather Architect and Design Workshop.
Natalie Malik of Talie Jane Interiors in Stateline recommends considering your patio as an extension of your home. “Use the same ideas about furniture placement as you would a living room,” says Malik. “Couches, coffee tables, lighting, rugs, pillows and fabrics should all work together and reflect your home’s interior.” Just as you would inside your home, Malik suggests designating specific zones for eating, conversing and relaxing, as well as mixing and matching furniture and fabrics. “Everything should not match,” she cautions. “Instead, create an interesting, eclectic mix of pieces to add character to your patio.” For those looking to spruce up their space on a budget, Malik recommends visiting antique stores, flea markets and salvage boutiques for outdoor furniture, especially wrought iron pieces. “Reupholstered cushions can make all the difference in the world and transform these treasures,” she says. “It’s fun to spend a morning or afternoon hunting for old pieces, and then using your creativity to repurpose and transform them to suit you and your space.”
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Incorporating heating elements into your outdoor space, such as a custom fireplace, can add a nice touch to your patio
When it comes to fabrics, Malik notes outdoor fabrics have come a long way in both color and pattern offerings, and stain resistance and durability. She recommends Ballard Designs for furniture that won’t break the bank and their wide selection of outdoor fabric choices. “This is a place you want to spend quality time relaxing and entertaining, so it helps to provide a variety of seating options such as lounge chairs, benches, stools and couches,” says Malik. “The trend is toward bar stools and deep, casual seating arrangements rather than typical dining sets, allowing for a more versatile, comfortable and relaxed setting.” When it comes to choosing furniture, comfort is at the top of the list for Elisa DiNallo of Truckee’s DiNallo Designs. “If you have outdoor seating around your fire pit, make sure it’s comfortable and there is space for a decent-sized group,” recommends DiNallo.
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dining and patio parties. DiNallo and Malik recommend incorporating heating elements into your outdoor space, whether it’s a fairly inexpensive wood-burning fire pit or a custom-designed piece. DiNallo tends to prefer gas elements for their convenience and fire safety, noting they can be hand built by landscape architects or purchased off the shelf. “There are so many beautiful gas fire pits and fire structures, and they make for clean and simple use,” she says. “They’re generally safer, as you don’t have sparks flying or embers at the end of the night. Just turn it off and go to bed!” Malik is also an advocate of fire pits, as well as fireplaces. “Fireplaces are such a nice touch to outdoor patios, and they can also act as focal points,” she says. “Get the most use out of your outdoor space by using it on chilly days or nights. Having drinks fireside is a great way to spend a romantic evening, and it’s also fun for parties.” In addition to fire elements, good lighting is key for outdoor spaces. Malik notes reflections
from inside the house are not enough to illuminate your patio. She adds that while tiki torches, paper lanterns and Christmas lights are fun, they are not best suited for high-end patios. Instead, she looks for highquality, permanent outdoor lighting solutions. “From sconces to pendants and chandeliers, Restoration Hardware has some great outdoor lighting options,” she says. “Flea markets and vintage stores are also great sources for outdoor lighting. Try not to limit yourself. Unique pieces can easily be converted into fixtures. “
PLANTS & SHADE
Our high-elevation sun has the potential to scorch both skin and fabrics, so it is important to create shaded areas on your porch or patio. “Areas of shade provide a wonderful respite, whether it’s a pergola, umbrella, awning or curtains, or incorporated into the furniture, such as covered or canopied lounge chairs,” says Malik. For DiNallo, Shade is all about layering. “I love creating layered shade — ideally incorporating natural elements such as trees
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and shrubs so it’s not just an umbrella,” DiNallo says. “Shrubbery around the space also crates a natural barrier and added privacy.” She says that freestanding umbrellas can be a great choice as you can move them with the sun. For the ultimate outdoor space, Malik highlights the importance of planters and flowers. “High-quality planters and flowers can add so much to your space,” says Malik. “They bring out bright colors that complement your furniture and fabrics. Less is not more. Don’t skimp!” Malik notes there are many types of flowers that are easily cared for without a lot of effort, which local nurseries can help you find. She also recommends looking for creative ways to display planters, such as vertically along an exterior wall, hanging in baskets, grounded in heavy pots, woven within a built structure or lattice work, or planted around the edges of your patio. As for DiNallo, she loves creating different spaces within a property, such as a rock or flower garden in one particular area. “I really like the way a space can meander from one type of space to another,” she says. “You might have some grass or stepping stones leading from one place to an area, or add a bench in a little wooded area.” The most important factor is to create an outdoor space that reflects your style and intended uses. “This is your backyard escape,” says Malik. “Use furniture and accessories that you love and inspire you.”
HAVING DRINKS FIRESIDE IS A GREAT WAY TO SPEND A ROMANTIC EVENING, AND IT’S ALSO FUN FOR PARTIES.” NATALIE MALIK, TALIE JANE INTERIORS
Hardy pincushion flowers bloom all summer in the Tahoe/Truckee area.
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THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR GARDEN Why you should consider water features, ponds and streamscapes for your mountain home by JANET K. GREEN
feature this year? Landscaping in the Sierra can be some of the most difficult work you will ever do. So why would you want to do all that work when you can be out hiking, playing golf or tennis, or enjoying any of the other great ways to spend your leisure time in this gorgeous area? First, a water feature is a good way to cover the ground if you have an unsightly yard. It takes up a lot of space without the maintenance of mowing, trimming or fertilizing that a conventional lawn would require. Another good reason is to attract wildlife. Imagine more birds singing outside your windows or hearing the soothing sound of running water. A water feature can provide a restful and interesting tableau in your yard, improving your property and becoming something of a showcase around which to entertain. Some water features may not get finished because of our short season. For this reason, advanced planning in this climate is key to completing your pond or streamscape. If you start now, you can be enjoying all the benefits this summer! The first step is to look at the lay of the land. If your site is steep, incorporating rock walls and steps can create waterfalls ending in a reflecting pool. If your site is flat, you can incorporate a dry creek into your pond and make it seem larger. You can also incorporate fish and waterloving plants in the water. You might want to have clear running water, or water with
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plants and fish in it. These alternatives require different filters, so you need to decide what’s most important. Look at lots of pictures from books. Ortho and Sunset make publications with wonderful pictures and construction details if you decide to do it yourself. After you decide on the shape and area you want to cover, the best way to start is to draw up your plans to a measurable scale to figure out how much water you are going to be moving. You want to size your pump to re-circulate all the water at least once a day. Plants and fish act as biological filters, where clear water requires another. Something else to consider when planning a water feature is that depending on your area, adding coverage may trigger permitting issues, so check with your local agency or homeowners association design review board. If your site has good access for equipment, a backhoe is a good way to excavate the earth. Start with the sides, which will form a shallow shelf, and work toward the middle so that the soil doesn’t cave in. Permits are required for moving a lot of earth, so check with your excavator before you dig.
above: A well-maintained and humane koi pond can be a perfect summer home addition. opposite: Try implementing a millstone fountain to cool your tranquil courtyard, like this one designed in Kentfield, Calif.
Additionally, call your local utility company, or contact Underground Service Alert, before you dig to locate underground utilities. Any hole deeper than three feet will trigger permit and safety issues, so you may decide to keep it fairly shallow. Check the perimeter with a level to make sure the water level is even all the way around. After you dig out your perimeter and the base, you need to add your piping and line it. Poly liners are a good way to keep the water from absorbing into the ground. Liquid gunite can be used to spray onto the surface of the soil as well, but it looks like cement so you should either color it or cover it. Also you will need to let it cure before introducing fish and plants because of the chemicals released at the time of curing. Adding rocks around the edge is something that can either make or break the look of the pond. Avoid
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A WATER FEATURE CAN PROVIDE A RESTFUL AND INTERESTING TABLEAU IN YOUR YARD, IMPROVING YOUR PROPERTY AND BECOMING SOMETHING OF A SHOWCASE AROUND WHICH TO ENTERTAIN.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Janet K. Green is a professional landscape architect who is founder and lead designer at Tahoe Landscape Architecture. She opened her first landscape architectural studio in Marin in January of 1994, and she has lived full time in Truckee since 2000. Email her at TahoeLandscape Architect@gmail.com or visit TahoeLandscape Architect.com to learn more.
lining the edge with rocks of equal size because your water feature will look artificial. Add electrical lines for connecting your sump for periodic drainage and lighting to enhance the look of your feature at night. Now is a good time to take a hike, literally. In natural systems you will find a boulder right in the middle of the stream and the edges softened with plants and the occasional boulder. Take pictures and see how closely you can mimic your natural scene. This is the fun part, the real artist in you emerges. Once you have your shell, you will then outfit it with a pump, filter and skimmer to keep it clean. Add water and monitor your systems. You will want to maintain the water level, so the first few weeks are important to pay attention to how it looks. This should be easy. After all, your hard work has finished and you now get to sit back and enjoy the view. Even with this lovely vision, you still may have concerns. You may worry that mosquitoes could be a problem. They are
easily controlled by adding fish or tablets to your water. Also bats eat thousands of mosquitoes a day and bat guano is a great source of liquid fertilizer, so attracting bats is very beneficial to gardeners. You may worry that raccoons will eat the fish. This is easily handled by adding a terracotta flue or other hollow container underwater so that the fish can retreat. If you decide on a koi pond donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry about the freezing winters. The koi will hibernate and come back year after year. If your edges are secure, raccoons will not be able to lift the liner, so bury the liner under large boulders or top with concrete and then cover with soil and plants. A water feature in your yard is still one of the best ways to landscape for the return on your investment. You will be able to enjoy this feature for years to come with very little maintenance. It will attract song birds and wildlife and delight your family and friends. Your water feature will become the highlight of your garden!
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