* Dunes. Stuckey put down 2 tons of decomposed granite and raked it into mounds, then scooped planting pockets out of tops and sides. To firm loose gravel, he watered it with a hose and allowed it to harden overnight. He filled the pockets with potting soil, planted, then covered gravel and soil with 1 ton of #1-size play sand.
* Firepit. The base of an old 22-in.-diameter kettle barbecue, with bottom vents open and grill in place to hold firewood, nestles in the gravel. Flagstones surround the ket-tle rim; a steel-mesh spark arrestor fits over the top. (Check local fire codes regarding firepit installation.)
* Plants. Eulalia grass (Miscanthus sinensis) and Mexican feather grass (Nassella tenuissima) mimic beach grasses. Martha Washington geraniums and ornamental oxalis add splashes of color.
* Accents. Pieces of weathered logs embedded in the sand recall a boardwalk through the dunes.
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|Date:||Jul 1, 2004|
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