The Pondstrosity

Much of this Memorial Day weekend was spent outside, in an effort to whip our yard into submission.  Suffice to say that the yard had been fairly neglected before we bought it, so we have our work cut out for us. 

I must preface this post by telling you that I have things growing in my yard that I have been reluctant to pull because I’m not sure if they’re weeds or real plants.  My thumb is just green like that. 

One of the features I have a love/hate relationship with is the landscape pond in the backyard.  It has a waterfall feature, which is really soothing and restful, especially since it sits right outside our bedroom window. 

What’s particularly sad, is that at one point, it looked like this:

And even this:

(((Sigh)))  As I tell my husband, “Look honey, you can even see the bottom of the pond.  The water is clear.”

I suppose we could just listen to the water feature and not look at it, right?  Honestly, some days it’s easier to just stick your head in the mucky pond water sand. 

Here it is in the early spring, when we were ecstatic just to get the waterfall working – even if it was a pondstrosity in every other respect. 

Actually, compared to how it looks now, with weeds everything growing and blooming out of control, these pictures aren’t half bad. 

Here it is now – and these pictures were taken AFTER we pulled a bunch of gnarly weeds in and around the pond.

 At least the water lillies are pretty…

So, there you have it.  My dirty little secret that lurks in my backyard.  Taunting me (along with the frogs – who knew those suckers could be so loud?).  But, since I know the potential in this pond, I will keep on, keepin’ on.

I think this is the first time I wish my “after” looked like the “before”.

Any pond experts out there?  Suggestions?  Or do I just fill it with cement and call it a day?


  • Reply
    Pam @ Our Adventures in Home Improvement
    June 1, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    I think you've made great progress! Your water lillies look very healthy. Once you get the water flowing, it should look great. It really looks like there's a beautiful pond under there! 🙂

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    Pine Tree Home
    June 1, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Keep at it. It is a great view! We too have a pond and it's evolved over the years.

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    June 2, 2011 at 5:07 am

    I'm no expert and my thumb is brown not green, but keep the pond! It is really pretty!

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    June 21, 2011 at 5:39 am

    Okay, You have to be a resident of the Dayton area to be getting the Housetrends magazine! I'm in the Centerville/Washington Township area. Your pond is just gorgeous. I'm talking to the Site Group about re-doing the backyard and they would like to see a water feature. It might just have to happen…. Stop by if you get a chance. 🙂 Sue

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    June 21, 2011 at 5:45 am

    P.S. The pond really is pretty, even in its current transition stage. It could look just like before- you know it! Maybe you should just make a phone call to the pond doctor! Seriously…. I heard there really is a guy who works on them!

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