Just the back yard!? Nah, I want the front and side yards landscaped in natives too.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Just Add Water

After hauling two more large rocks to the site of my pond and streambed project, I finally felt ready to resume building a water feature...at least the first phase in what I envision for our hillside.

The hole I dug last year was filled up with weeds...and a few natives that I moved to another project I'm working on--the backyard slope.  After moving the rocks I'd left in place since last year so that I could mow and see what I was working with, I dug a little more, raked away stones, and put down the liner ((with old carpet underneath).  I filled it with water to get a feel of what I was working with.  Being that it is near the top of a hill and on a slope, I have my work cut out for me.  Honestly, I was a little discouraged as I tried to imagine how I could eventually make this look natural.  Now, two days later, I feel quite a bit more sure that it will turn out okay.

What surprised me the most was, the next morning (less than 24 hours after filling the liner), I found a water strider bug (Limnogonus fossarum)!  The following morning, I spotted two other insects under the water; I've seen them before, but don't know what they are--yet. :)

"Just add water"...it really is as simple as that...not that hauling all of the rocks, and now trying to piece them together to look natural is exactly simple. :)


Julie Stone said...

That's awesome, it will be worth it once it's completed, you'll have herons and frogs in no time! I've been contemplating a adding a water feature too, but the thought of the work involved is holding me back. Someday!

David said...

Thanks. It is long overdue.

When I was in my early twenties, I used to say that the first thing I'd do when I had a place of my own was to put in a pond--before I even bought a couch or other furniture. I guess I was more practical than I thought...but what held me up the most was gathering enough materials, so I felt confident it would look natural.

I've still got a way to go, but it *is* coming together.

I'd be thrilled to have a heron visit, I just hope my liner doesn't get punctured.

My theory on all of the work involved (in all of my heavy-duty projects)...I'd better do it now while I'm still (relatively) young...that way I can do the smaller stuff when I'm older, *and* sit back and enjoy it all too.