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Very sad pond landscaping images…

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 by  
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February
24
2015

If you missed this blog, you might want to give it a quick read. If you’re pressed for time, the long story made short is that Lisa and I are completely redoing the landscaping around our backyard pond.

Killing the existing plants with Roundup was the easy part. We also had two nights of hard freezes, which certainly helped the process (and really hurt the grass).

Once everything died all the dead plants and weeds had to be removed. It was a huge job, and Lisa and I worked our asses off all weekend long. In fact, we’re not quite done removing everything.

Anyway, I figured I’d post these pictures since I promised that I would. It hurts to see the pond in this condition, but I know this was the right thing to do. So consider these “before” pictures. In a month or two things are going to look amazing again. πŸ™‚

Read the captions for a little more information about each photo (click to enlarge)…

The view facing south. There are still some dead weeds by the rocks around the pond that need to be removed. Also, as you can see, the freezes really hurt the grass. That will come back in spring, no problem. I've already completed some spring projects, including pressure washing the fence, the driveway pavers and all the front sidewalks.

The view facing south. There are still some dead weeds by the rocks around the pond that need to be removed. Also, as you can see, the freezes really hurt the grass. That will come back in spring, no problem. I’ve already completed some spring projects, including pressure washing the fence, the driveway pavers and all the front sidewalks.

The hard freezes took out the Foxtail palms (on either side of the healthy Sago), and they will be coming out, too. Not sure what I'm going to replace them with.

The hard freezes took out the Foxtail palms (on either side of the healthy Sago), and they will be coming out, too. Not sure what I’m going to replace them with.

Sonny is hauling ass towards me here. :) There's still some dead stuff that needs to come out behind the waterfall berm.

Sonny is hauling ass towards me here. πŸ™‚ There’s still some dead stuff that needs to come out behind the waterfall berm.

The Asiatic jasmine on the waterfall berm will be trimmed and thinned out. All the large rocks that form the waterfall and around the pond will be pressure washed and adjusted. The small river rock will be freshened up with new. The pond plants/lily pads are fine, and will return in spring.  Also, we're re-doing the bed along the fence (where the trellises are).

The Asiatic jasmine on the waterfall berm will be trimmed and thinned out. All the large rocks that form the waterfall and around the pond will be pressure washed and adjusted. The small river rock will be freshened up with new. The pond plants/lily pads are fine, and will return in spring. Also, we’re re-doing the bed along the fence (where the trellises are).

The pathway will be pressure washed and freshened up with new stone. New solar pathway lights will be installed along the path and around the pond. Sonny is looking for frogs to befriend.

The pathway will be pressure washed and freshened up with new stone. New solar pathway lights will be installed along the path and around the pond. Sonny is looking for frogs to befriend.

 

Once the last of the dead stuff is removed, I’ll turn the earth and grade it. After that I’m going to wait several weeks to see if any weeds or that horrible white society garlic comes back. Once I’m satisfied that the soil is ready, we’ll plant the new landscaping (we’re still planning that out), mulch and enjoy. πŸ™‚

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