NOW we get to the fun part!
In my previous post I chatted about my annual pond maintenance routine and walked you through the whole process of draining the pond, removing sludge and fallen leaves and hosing off debris from the pond liner and surrounding rocks. That sounds like a lot of work, but in real-time we started and finished it all on one Saturday afternoon.
The following day, Mother Nature was very kind to us and provided another lovely spring day to tackle the second part of the clean-up routine.
Fresh cup of coffee in hand – rubber boots on – OUT WE GO AGAIN
The rocks, liner and front ledge of the pond had dried over night from all the hosing/cleaning I had done the day before.
DRY is important – because the next step of glueing down loose flat stones to the pond edge means that both the rocks and liner MUST BE DRY in order for the adhesive to do its job.
Is the adhesive SAFE for the pond and fish?
Yes – it is!
Just make sure to use a product specifically made for landscaping.
We use a product called ‘Touch ‘n Foam Landscape‘. It’s ideal for ponds and waterfalls and stone and block adhesive. I’m going to sound a bit like a commercial here (I apologize!) but here goes – read the directions before you begin.
It turned out that we only had 3 loose flagstones that had to be glued down. Its funny, over the winter my memory magnified the actual number of stones I thought were loose. The replay of the mind is always more dramatic isn’t it?!…and I do prefer to avoid drama in my life – unless of course its for entertainment purposes.
Which reminds me of an interesting chapter in a Richard Bach novel ‘Illusions‘ where he explores the ‘life is like a movie‘ metaphor – some folks go to the movies for comedy, some love drama, some want to be inspired and others just like to be scared out of their wits. The list goes on and on – God knows we all have our unique preferences…fortunately – “You don’t have to see their films and they don’t have to see yours. That is called ‘freedom’”
What kind of movies are you drawn to?
I digress. 🙂
STONES ALL GLUED DOWN – CHECK!
The rock wall was our next order of business.
Rocks fall down in the winter and they also get moved out of place when I’m trying to round up the fish in the fall to bring in the house…I leave no stone unturned when I’m trying to find every last one of them. The thought of them freezing out there makes me a touch obsessive at that time of year.
Whatever the reason – they need to be re-stacked and put into a beautiful cohesive wall again!
Ray and I worked together to put them all back in place. When we couldn’t find the right stone, well, we have a handy little pile of rocks we’ve collected over the years from all parts of the property. It’s our convenient ‘go to‘ place because rocks definitely feature strongly in our garden design.
ROCK WALL RESTORED – CHECK!
INSERT GARDEN HOSE AND START FILLING ER UP! WOO HOO!
POND FILLED WITH WATER – DOUBLE CHECK!!
Once we got this all done, I tidied up many of the over-wintered aquatic plants and repotted them – put them back in the water to begin again. I even picked up a few new ones to replace a few rather mushy ‘I COULDN’T MAKE IT THROUGH A MANITOBA WINTER’ water lilies – potted those up and placed them in the pond.
TIP: If you are looking for a great potting medium for aquatic plants – I highly recommend this product below…it has everything they need to grow strong and healthy over the summer.
THAT successfully concludes our annual pond maintenance routine – and today the goldfish return to their summer home. I know they will enjoy the great space and freedom once again, almost as much as we enjoy their presence in our water garden – a TRUE JOY!
Celebrate the moments…and HAVE A WONDERFUL MOTHER’S DAY everyone!!
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