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When Steph bought her house there was a water feature in the backyard. It wasn't working at the time so she hired someone to fix it. He sort of fixed it, but it truly was never 100 percent. Plus, the electrical situation was a nightmare. The person who put in the pond didn't hire an electrician to put in proper wiring so the pond pump was powered by an extension cord that snaked across the backyard.
When I discovered THAT situation, I encouraged her not to run the pump for safety reasons.
We enjoyed the pond but over time, the rocks fell into the water and with the water no longer moving, it was a haven for mosquito breeding.
A neighbor helped with that situation by putting mosquito fish into the water. Those fish thrived in spite of the dirty mirky water!
Two factors that finally pushed Steph into removing it was 1. her second greyhound, Tosh, really wanted to get in the water and 2. grandson, Andrew, practiced rock skimming and created a hole in the liner. Overnight the water dropped a foot. It was time!
Here it is all cleaned up. It was a pretty deep hole. Steph used the Home Depot calculator to get an idea of how many bags of dirt we'd need to fill the hole. Prior to buying dirt, we transferred the dirt that was built up at the top of the pond into the hole. That filled it up a bit, but we needed a lot more dirt. Off to the Home Depot!
It's hard to believe there was ever a water feature back here. The makeover created an entire new outdoor living space.
The idea for the gazebo was actually so the dogs would have a covered space to do their business in the rain, but we've found it to be a relaxing place to sit during these especially beautiful spring days.
There's still one more labor intensive project in the backyard coming up very soon.
What outdoor projects are you doing this spring?
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