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My name is Mark. My wife and I live in northwest suburbs of Atlanta. I got into landscaping and gardening purely by "accident"!!! In 2002, like many homes in Georgia, our property was hit very hard with the dreaded pine beetles. I made a MAJOR mistake by hiring a logging company instead of the more expensive tree service to have some 60+ pine trees dropped and/or removed. In the process of doing so, the loggers completely DEMOLISHED our yard. You know you’ve REALLY screwed up when you see passing cars literally slam on their brakes and come to a complete stop to see what the heck happened in your yard!!! The old saying "You Get What You Pay For" definitely applies here. Hindsight always being 20/20, I ended up paying a LOT more in the long run. It has been a truly uphill battle trying to bring the yard back to life. But the silver lining in this gray cloud has been that I have picked up a great hobby (I didn’t used to have one working 80 hour work weeks!). This also gave way for a bigger/better pond. It took me 2 years and LOTS of blood, sweat, and tears to build our 7000 gallon koi pond. The next phase in this neverending project is to completely revamp the lower frog pond and 30’ stream and waterfalls and hopefully incorporate a really neat garden railroad using the pond/stream as its backdrop. I am a student of all things koi. Looking forward to learning from all you seasoned veterans!


I live in: United States

My zone is: Z7 GA

My favorite forum 1 is Ponds & Aquatic Plants.

My favorite forum 2 is Woodworking.

First registered on October 15, 2002 .