Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Gotcha!! Nope, not movin' from this house. We lived here for almost 40 years. One of the first landscape projects was to add a water feature that included a pond and waterfall. We searched farmers fields and found piles of rocks which the farmers were more than happy for us to haul away. I'm talkin' TRUCK loads of rocks. We had two weddings in the back yard take place in front of that first pond/waterfall. I didn't work then and our back yard was like living in a park.
When my daughter moved into the house next door, our grandsons were about 2 and 4. We fenced the yards together so the boys could come and go safely...and filled in the pond.
Eventually another bigger and better pond was born. Over the years, those rocks have been moved all over the back yard. The present project, and final move, is taking place all over the back yard. Between rainy days, we are putting a platform deck by the pond. Unless we change our minds, we have a covered glider swing to set on it. Notice the pile of rocks that were moved to make a place for the platform. You may also notice the weeds..they were pulled before the platform was started but we have only had just a few days without rain in the entire month of June. Before the planks are added to the deck form, I'll put a heavy layer of newspapers down. It's a technique I have used over the years to keep weeds from growing. It works well and water won't puddle like it would if we used, say plastic. It's a great way to recycle newspaper as well.
I'm moving pavers too!
And some of those rocks are going into the pond to make a hiding area for the fish. I'll add plants to the rock area too.
Lots more piles like this one!!
This is a new rock garden. This little area is next to the fence that keeps the dogs out of the pond area. However, they love to dig under the fence here because rabbits and toads live on the other side. So far, the rocks have kept them out. Rain has stopped my progress. The next picture shows how much the weeds grew in just 2 weeks since I started this project!! I'm moving some ground cover to this area that we bought when we moved
here and has flourished in the shade. Blogger is not co-operating with my picture placement and commentary. The last picture is Boscoe, looking up at me while I am looking outside at the front deck. I'm sure he is wondering when the heck the sun will come out!!