Can Your Local Landscaper Restore Your Shoreline? Look at These Photos of Landscapers’ Work and See for Yourself
You know how the photographers on Discovery Channel-type nature shows need to camp out for months or years to photograph a rare event – like the 1-day mating season of a near-extinct rainforest bird? Can you imagine the planning and patience that goes into documenting a rare event like that?
We, Lakeshore Guys, have pulled off a similar feat of photography: we’ve photographed the blink-of-an-eye lifespan of shorelines built by landscapers! We captured some of those shorelines’ short and ugly lifespans on camera, just as Mother Nature devoured them and spat the bones into the water.
But our photos don’t capture the pain of the property owners who paid good money for the shorelines we’re about to show you.
They call Lakeshore Guys because their landscaper-built shorelines are washing away, soon to become government-owned property (that the homeowners still must pay taxes on).
They call us with frustration because they paid someone – almost always a landscaper – to build a shoreline that was supposed to hang together for more than a season.
They call us because they can’t stand to look at their shorelines anymore, and want a beautiful shoreline that lasts.
You may know first-hand what a landscaper’s shoreline work looks like and how poorly it fares against erosion. But in case not, below is a small but representative sampling of some landscaper-built shorelines we’ve seen.
We wish we could call this photo gallery “Landscapers’ Greatest Hits,” “Scariest Shorelines Ever Built,” or “The Landscaper Shoreline Freak Show” – but there’s nothing extraordinary about these photos or the shorelines in them. They’re ordinary photos of the typical work of your typical landscaper.
The Slip n’ Slide
The grade of this “shoreline” is too steep, and plastic is used where thick filter-fabric should have been used – to name just a couple of problems.
We thought this cement-covered victim was a mob hit, off to swim with the fishes. Turns out a landscaper backed a cement mixer onto his already-disastrous shoreline, and sealed the deal with raw cement.
Pictured above is the Lakeshore Guys team early in the job – before we burned through 3 jackhammers and hauled off 17 truckloads of cement, en route to transforming this shoreline into one of our trademark beauties.
Behind the Iron (Rubber) Curtain
No, that’s not a rubber dinghy washed ashore from a landscaper’s attempt to flee. Rather, it was supposed to be a floating silt curtain, meant to shield the worker’s “work” from sediment.
The good news is the property owners have to live behind the curtain only for one winter.
The Crime Scene
The landscaper who built this thing may have lived long ago. All we know about him is that he bought his materials at a shop that sold only cinder-blocks.
The builders of the first Stonehenge knew that large stones need to be supported by something, or they tumble down.
A shoreline your kids can enjoy – if they like snorkeling.
“Sure, you can stand on those rocks. They won’t go anywhere.”
Your local landscaper can always hook you up.
Even Captain Kirk wouldn’t beam a log onto a shoreline.
Good luck finding a high-school kid (or anyone else) who will spend a summer here.
About the same quality as the beer. The shoreline will become Rolling Rocks once the sand beach goes into the drink.
Paying a company money to build a barrier between you and the water is so corporate, man. Just turn off your mind and let your shoreline become one with the pond.
A nice row of pearly whites, soon to meet the fist of Nature.
Do You Floss?
When clumps of grass grow between your riprap stones, it’s safe to assume Mother Nature can rip them apart.
The Ghillie Suit
Our reconnaissance suggests the presence of camouflaged riprap stones, sent on a suicide mission.
If not for the manicured grass, we’d think they were going for the soggy, unkempt look on purpose.
Clean this up and you have paid your debt to society.
Toppings on the Bottom
On a pizza, the cheese layer can go under or on top of the toppings. On a shoreline, it matters where you put the fabric layer.
Just Do It
“I want riprap and a sand beach and a fire pit and a place to attach the dock. Can you get it done before dinner?”
The Fossil Dig
Get a load of that brontosaurus femur. You might even find some trilobites
once more of the shoreline washes away.
The Green, Green Grass of Home ♫
Hire a landscaper if you want erosion and ice damage to touch the green, green grass of home.
If You Squint
Doesn’t look too bad if you squint or fly low and fast in a crop-duster. On closer inspection you might notice the rock salad, sparing quantity used, and rash of weeds, among other problems.
Tetris, played landscaper-style: how many stones can you drop onto a shoreline before they all fall into the water?
Sands of Time
Is it a riprap shoreline? No. Is it a sand beach? Won’t be for long.
Lots of big dumb rock, but no magic.
Building your riprap shoreline 6 inches from your boathouse can give you a thrill.
Big stones, small stones, a sprinkle of pebble, a dusting of sand, lil’ strip of edging, and some forgotten beach gear. It’s missing only a pinwheel and a lawn gnome.
In its prime it might have been a shoreline, a restaurant terrace, a hotel, or a brick factory.
This hospitable shoreline provides a easy landing for watercraft and ice-heaves alike.
Like the ancient species of fish, this shoreline has been around since the dawn of time. It’s been ugly as sin ever since.
Like the doomed ship, this shoreline looks nice enough, and its steep gradient might appear able to stave off ice damage. But in reality the slope is too steep, with not enough “give.”
The Eastern Front
Winter is coming. Soon the aesthetics and construction of your landscaper-built shoreline won’t matter anymore.
If you’d like your shoreline to look like one of those (if it doesn’t wash away first), go ahead and hire your local landscaper.
Or you can see what a Lakeshore Guys shoreline looks like (and read why they’re toughest shorelines built) and contact us today.