What other things can you do with Hardcoat
to make your garden a work of art,
a place of greater visual enjoyment,
- where you can apply your creative spirit -
and get a very good return?
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Hardcoat - “12 Other Uses” - (Text from above video )
(1) Hardcoat can make your pond-edging look natural:
Most of the time the pond-edging looks UN-natural, and spoils the effect you are trying to create.
But Hardcoat can attach to your liner or your concrete or fibreglass edges, and carry the natural look down into the water.
See how the Hardcoat is hiding the liner edges here and blending in to look much more realistic!
Here’s where I have carried the Hardcoat edge over a fiberglass pond to blend it in.
And of course a Hardcoat waterfeature like this has a Hardcoat edge that carries down naturally into the water.
Second use: Miniature Mountainsides
Here’s a nice one that houses bonsais that are still in their pots
Here’s another that fits neatly up against a narrow space along the side of the house.
Use number three: Creatively-shaped Rockeries
Gives you a lot more flexibility and fun when shaping your rockery
By contrast have a look at what happens to soil perched up on a slope without Hardcoat:
Over time it washes away and the plant often dries out and dies.
Here’s an Australian-Theme rockery I did, by
where the soil in the planter pots will never wash away, it’s held in place by Hardcoat
Another little water feature, where the planter pot soil will never wash into the pond
And even better, install drippers under the Hardcoat and the plant will forever remain moist and healthy
Raised garden beds number 4,
To be held in place by Hardcoat,
For plants OR veggies, where their surroundings will look natural,
and because they are removed from other plant
your plants will flourish.
there’s a “Before” with Hardcoat down
and the “After” just a few months later.
Use number five: make small Retaining Walls
Here’s an attractive way to change levels,
where you can also include climbing plants and mosses to make the slope more attractive still.
Hardcoat also works well patching existing
because your jointing won’t shrink between the rocks and let the soil wash through.
And it looks more natural.
You can either encourage root growth, or slow it down, using Hardcoat. (Use number 6)
Here’s what happens to “soil only” mounds, they wash away over time
Whereas this Hardcoat rim has been in place for 8 years unchanged!
Use number 7: Hardcoat as a Garden Edging material, or Path-making material.
This Hardcoat edging holds the loose stones in place, on the path, off the garden, and looks nice too.
Here’s one of our top Victorian landscapers putting down Layer 1 of Hardcoat for his steep forest path.
An edging example, as an alternative to a low brick fence. Lots cheaper too!
Number 8, big area coming up:
Making a pond with a double layer of Hardcoat is
a great way to create exactly the shape you want,
and make it easy to clean out, and with no liner tucks.
: A Before site, And After, with a Hardcoat waterfall and cliffs as well as Pond
If your ground is really clay rich you’ll first need a liner to cope with soil expansion
There’s the liner with all its multiple tucks looking ugly..!
But we can coat it with Hardcoat to hide the tucks
Starting this way (preliminary smear-coat to adhere to liner)
So it looks more natural, like this
Then preferably coat it with a second natural-looking layer (so it looks like this).
Hollow rocks to hide the pond pump and filter:
There’s a hollow rock hiding the pump
There’s the framework prior to Hardcoating
There’s a big hollow rock for a big pump
(Underside of another hollow rock being made) There’s the same rock being made (top surface)
And what it looks like in place, hiding the filter.
Ninth use for Hardcoat:
Repairing a cracked pond:
There are the details how to do it,
which appear in the 30 page Hardcoat Handbook
Number ten, let’s see how versatile Hardcoat is
in creating the stream shapes you want.
Look at that, no fighting with liners, just lay it the way you want the stream to go.
You can’t see it too well but we’ve created hollows and grottos in this waterfall for interesting effect.
There’s a lovely Hardcoat stream, zigzagging down
with this other part of the feature setting up for a big waterfall plunge.
Use Number 11 Make your own Boulders:
That’s a good sized one, there’s also an area for a waterfall to the right
And a miniature version of rock-making for a small site.
The twelfth use is a beauty,
making permanent, good-looking mulch with Hardcoat.
Here’s a sample, with some river stones and gravel added.
These plants are all drip-watered too, but you
don’t see the pipes
because they are all hidden under the Hardcoat.
There’s no loose mulch here to blow about, or wash into the pond.
And there’s no mulch-degrading, it doesn’t break down, exposing dripper lines.
There’s the Parkhill permanent mulch example
So that’s it for the 12 Hardcoat uses,
but I promised more:
(13) Here our new ground-level stays in place,
- under the paddle pool, or supporting any new level you care to create.
(14): Roofing repairs too?
You bet! Better than usual mortar that shrinks
away from the tiles, as you can see higher up,
Hardcoat anchors the tile for good, and fills up any gaps you may have, because the Hardcoat mix doesn’t shrink.
(15) Just a quirky one at the end –
that non-shrinking quality makes it possible to
even patch holes in this egg-poaching pan.
You can’t buy them any more, so it was patch it or never poach again!