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WE SUPPLY: (information on
what we supply may be outdated)
- Floating Island:
~ In one piece (for islands under 90 sq ft)
~ In modules (for islands 90 sq ft and larger)
- For Modular floating
island (MB), we supply the following in addition to the
Bolts, nuts and
MB......... Strips of matrix for covering seams,
approx 8" wide
- Anchor: Roughly half
the size of the floating island converted to lbs (ie, 250 sq ft -
125 lbs anchor). (NOTE:
Concrete blocks work well as anchors - cover them if you have a
- Anchor chain: 1.5 times the depth of the water, plus
2 ft for anchor wrap-around
- 2 x chain links, locking carabiners ('add-a-link')
- Plastic or slippery tarp: Large enough to assemble floating
island on and launch from
- Hammer / mallet: For driving in landscape pins and serrated
- Scallop-edged knives: To be used for cutting sod, straight-edged
knives are not suitable
- Sod: Sufficient for covering the entire top plus 10% to cover
- Landscape flags: For marking position of planting pockets
- Labor: We recommend starting with one person and adding 1 person
for every hundred square feet of floating island (up to about
- Buckets or sprinkler cans for saturating plants & sod
immediately prior to launch & for washing soil off plant roots
- Waders, gardening gloves, sun-hat etc
- Boat for towing flaoting island into place: A 1250 sq
ft island has been readily moved with a row-boat; however, for
larger flaoting island please contact us for
- Wrench or impact driver to fit 3/8" bolts (modules only)
- Rigid right angled impact driver, 12 volt model # R82233
recommended (much faster than wrench)
- Garbage can for site clean-up
- Camera! We would love to see your pictures of the new
A) Gather materials and tools needed, as
B) Select a level location on shore, with easy access to
where floating island can be assembled, planted and
C) Place a tarp at water's edge to work on.
A) Attach bottom cinder block to
anchor chain and secure with add-a-link / carabiner.
B) Pass additional cinder blocks through chain and clip chain to
anchor attachment point with add-a-link /
A) Lay out floating
island with numbered seams matching.
B) Align the joiner plates, lining up the bolt holes.
C) Insert bolts with a washer on each side of the plate.
D) Tighten with nut, using impact driver (recommended) or wrench
E) Lay a narrow strip
of matrix over the seam, trim ends to fit, then attach with
serrated pins on both sides of the seam.
A) Add soil into planting holes tightly
filling holes to the brim, pressing down tightly to avoid air
pockets. (air prevents water reaching plant roots).
C) Spread layer of soil (1/2 -one inch) over
entire top of floating island.
D) You can also fill the access holes near the
joiner plates, after the plates have been joined together, and use
them for planting.
Begin planting close to water's edge. You should
edge the island into the water as that portion is fully prepped
(Steps 6 - 8) to save you having to launch a heavy mass.
A) Roll sod onto floating island, cutting to fit,
until the entire top is covered. Allow sod to overlap edges by half
the thickness of the flaoting island (will be flush with
waterline when launched). Finish neatly. Do not leave
any floating island material exposed.
B) Pin sod into position with landscape pins as
you go, about 2 pins per square foot.
landscape flags in sod above the holes to be planted so you can
find the holes again later.
A) If using bedding plants, shake or wash
soil off roots. If using plugs, no need to remove the soil.
B) Locate planting hole; cut through sod, or cut
it away to expose pocket, hollow out to allow space for
C) Place plant in hole, with roots pointing
downwards (they must be below the crown of the plant).
D) Add extra soil if needed and pat down
E) If desired, sprinkle wildflower or other seeds
over the sod.
Remember, you want to have this planting completed before
A) Pick up
anchors and place them on top of floating island. You can
also place anchors in boat and tow the island out using the anchor
B) Push the floating island into watet & make
sure plants are saturated with water. Using buckets of water,
or by pushing the floating island underwater momentarily,
ensure plants and sod are saturated. Be careful not to lose
any soil as you do this.
C) Push or tow floating island to final
location and carefully lower anchors.
D) The floating island should sit 2 - 4"
above waterline when launched.
Adjust buoyancy if necessary - rocks, driftwood, deadfall are all
suitable and add aesthetic appeal.
It is critical to overweight the floating island slightly
at this point to allow the plants access to water for two
until the roots tie in to the matrix .The weights can then be
removed if desired.
the plants and sod damp until the roots grow down below the
waterline. Remove rocks (if used to weigh down) after a week or
two, if you wish.
It is your personal choice whether to tend your floating
island like a garden or allow it to grow naturally.
Your floating island may occasionally float low in the
water after rain. Normally it will recover buoyancy on its
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