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Weekend Project - Garden Pond

Finally my pond has come to fruition. It started with a pond form Mother's Day gift two years ago...then my boy dug the whole as a present for me for another occasion. (One of the best gifts ever!)

This is the (almost) finished pond in the backyard. It is right off the new back porch, which makes for added ambiance while sitting in the evening. Plus the sounds of the fountain wafts up through the kitchen window! I still am planning to install the waterfall, but that will require some rock hunting. For now, I'm pleased with the results.

Late last fall I hired Ray, my favorite custodian at school, to rototill all around the area. He is so meticulous and is just an all-around pleasant person.  After he was finished I covered the area with newspapers and landscaping fabric for the winter, so it would be ready for spring. When I pulled back the fabric, the newspaper had decomposed and all the grass was gone.

DH dug out the fountain/pump from the shed the other day and hooked it up, which spurred me on to finish the pond. I spent yesterday planting a few new flowers to replace the three that died from the previous season. Most of the plants are transplants and some are clearance items. My lovely girl helped plant - as well as weed other flower beds. I bought some bags of mulch and the hubby and I spread that around in the afternoon after finishing other yard work.

Today was another beautiful day and time for the finishing touch - the rocks. I had to spring for eight of the rocks at a garden center, but they were very inexpensive. It is a new business that had a few items left from the one they replaced. The guy gave me a 15% discount off of the low price! Although I had collected rocks for some time, I needed just those few extra  to get all the way around the edging. Normally, I would hate to pay for something I could find somewhere, but I made an exception since I wanted to finish. (Especially when the cost of the pond project was spread out over several years! haha)

So, what do you think? Any suggestions on improvements? It is a work in progress. I have some more plants to divide and transplant there, but I'm always interested to hear what others have done with their ponds.


May. 24th, 2009 04:47 am (UTC)
looks great!

How do water features handle the cold winters there?

It looks fan-freakin-tastic. Very nicely done! You need some fish out there!

Nice work by D.H. and Steph. I have not seen the backyard on a bit, can you post a pic of the whole thing?
May. 25th, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
Re: looks great!
Before the freeze, you have to take out the pump and sprayer, let it drain dry and store it for the winter. If I put fish in it I would have to replace them each year, store them in a tank inside, or put it a heater. So, no fish right now. I'm hoping for frogs, though! Backyard photos in a while, we are waiting on a delivery of black dirt for two other projects I've got going.

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