Throwback Thusday: 1990's Backyard Makeover
We bought our house in 1991 and a few years later we decided to add a pond and covered bridge to the backyard. This was the day of film camera's and, although I took more pictures, these are the only ones that made it into the computer. The picture size was only 3 x 3 and the color wasn't perfect. The little pine trees on the other side of the fence are now full grown and totally block the neighbors yard.
As I dug the pond I found a lot of broken glass and other junk in the ground. I'm guessing that in the days before garbage collection, the residents buried what the couldn't burn. In an effort to protect the liner I lined the hole with old carpet before putting the liner in place. A store allowed me to raid their dumpster to get the pieces I used. A local swimming pool company sold me a liner that had to pull (because it was the wrong size) for $30.00. We got it spread out and then the heat of the sun soften the vinyl allowing us to put in the necessary folds that gave it the perfect fit.
This is one of many shots I took from an upstairs window. On Saturdays we were allowed to go into the pits of two local quarries and select the flat stones we used for the walkway. We had an S-10 so we couldn't haul very much at one time. We also bought sand from the quarries that was the bed for the stones. We're in Ohio and have limestone quarries. This type of stone isn't available everywhere. I would dig out the path, put in edging and lay down landscape fabric before putting down the sand to keep weeds from growing up. What I didn't consider was that any weed or tree seed that landed in the sand was going to grow. A better alternative would have been stone dust (also from a quarry) or concrete (more expensive, but worth it in the end.
From this view you can also get a glimpse of a waterfall that's on the left side of the pond. The tree is a birch.
The work is completed. To the right of the picture you can see a wagon wheel and barrel (on its side) that we added as part of the landscaping. We purchased feeder fish from the pet section of a local big box store. These are similar to gold fish but can have other colors (brown, black & white) in them besides orange. This kind of fish can survive without the need to aerate the water.
As long as there's deep enough parts that won't freeze , those fish can over-winter without having to be removed from the water. My deepest point was two feet. The only time we lost some fish was when there was thawing around the edges and some of the fish got on top of the ice and couldn't get back under it.
The fish grew and even reproduced. We fed them during the warm months and they would come to the surface as soon as they heard our footsteps on the bridge.
At the shallowest point (near the barrel) we put in soil and added some local water plants. The following spring we were delighted to have toads breed there and watching the tiny toadpoles (my word) develop into tiny toads was fun. Unlike frogs, the toads stayed small.