Addy. We have a “huge” Chicago lot that is oversized compared to the average lot. When I tell other people the size they are usually astounded! It measures 35’x137.5’! The normal lot is 25x125 ft so we are 50% larger. It may seem small to you but where we live land is at a premium and the extra 12.5 ft long and 10’ wider allowed me to have room for the pond. When we bought the property we were happy to have the extra yard space. We actually live on the border of a historical area of Chicago that is over 100 years old. There are some really beautiful homes that are really interesting. It was a nice change from the “suburbs”. Some day when covId is over we will be able to enjoy the neighborhood again! I’m pretty sure I will go ahead with the bog. I don’t see how my wife could complain if it is inside the pond itself. I have also thought about an island bog but I think it would be too hard to maintain.Happy wife, happy life! Well same with happy hubby.............. Your pond does look great and very nicely groomed............not like mine lol.
I am so non fussy about the "look" good thing ow our our yard would drive me crazy. What grows gets to grow except darn poison ivy, the tons of vines that can take over. Those I fight aggressively. My hands control what I can do now. They hate pulling weeds, the grab and pull kills them.
Sure hope you can figure out a way to add a bog I think it would really help your pond. The partition bog works I had one at one time years ago in AZ a small pond.
I was lucky to be able to build ours as big as I did. It did take some dirt berm wall building due to our sloping yard. It sure works just love the thing. We do have quite a bit more land than you do Keith!
Sissy. That’s really a great idea. I have two water pumps going besides the outflow from my biological filter with it’s pump plus I have a koi air mini air pump. It seems like experienced ponders know you never have enough water flow. I was looking at mine today wondering if I need to increase it.It has several holes in it and you have to decide on size of holes to still allow water to go to your filter .I aloowed enough water for filter ,spitter and the under water set up I just used clamps on the sump pump hose that goes over the thin wall pvc .1 sump pump hose goes to the the pump and other goes to the filter and then I used a screw in pvc pipe for a small hose that goes to the spitter
Thank you. It’s about 3000 gallons. I always like showing off my pond so feel free to contact me if you come to Chicago. So I started in 2008 with a small150 gallon all in one kit from Menards. It was another “crisis” at the time because I was a builder and the market tanked and hit us pretty hard. My pond was definitely my release. So my original goldfish that has been with me over 10 years is in the middle of this pic. It’s mostly red and has a little white close to the tail and then one more red spot. It’s just above the black and white spotted Koi. I still remember thinking how lonely it looked when it was the only one left in my old pond.... not any more!Interesting conversation here. Keith, I don't know if you saw it posted somewhere but I'm from the Chicago area (loosely defined), Ottawa, Illinois, but I visit Chicago regularly, have several friends up there. Last time I visited I went to a Sox game, go SOX!
Your pond is really nice! Beautiful fish. How many gallons is that? It looks huge compared to my little mud puddle. Some day I'll have one of those.
Thanks for letting me know! At out old house we had a large silver maple the old owner had bought when he was living there. Even though we tore down the original house we left the maple. What a huge mistake! I would spend two weeks every June cleaning the little helicopter seeds it dropped down. I’m guessing this tree won’t be as bad. I’m always looking for outdoor projects so it will give me something to do if I need to clean a little. Also we are probably not going to living here by the time it gets too big because at some point we want to move someplace warmer! Getting tired of “Chicago” winters!Keith, I think they are pretty messy. I was in DC after the cherry trees bloomed and there was a lot of cherry leaves and stuff all over the ground, the parks guy we talked to said it's a huge chore every year, but then they have a ton of trees. LOL
Okay. Just send me a message but right now we are being super cautious with visitors. The only person who has visited us so far with everything going on has been our two year old grandson and that has been just in the last week. He did have his parents pick him up the other day but we stayed a safe distance! Sorry about the economic opportunities where you are at. We have been unbelievably lucky here because construction has stayed strong through this whole time and our guys get to work as “essential” workers.That will be totally awesome! I will definitely let you know the next time I'm in Chicago, I generally go up to Illinois every summer but not sure I'll make it this year with all of THIS stuff going on. Things not going well down here, pretty much ready to throw in the towel, so it will be really nice to see such a nice pond in person.
Thanks JW. We used to have a Crab Apple tree at our old house and a Bradford Pear. Sometimes it’s fun to try something different. The view from our back porch is so so and not great. I think as the tree gets larger it will block some of the back of buildings behind us and give a nicer look to the yard. We are hiring the landscape company deliver and plant it. I used to want to do everything myself but for $125 they will deliver and plant It plus we are giving jobs to someone for that work. I’m trying to consciously spend a little more now whenever I can to help businesses and people affected by covid 19. I think if everyone does that it will go a long way.Gorgeous pink blooms!
Tula hopefully your tree won't be as bad. Silver Maples are considered "nuisance trees" where we live because of all the mess they create. I remember when I was a kid we would see a lot of them and really not so much any more. That and the cottonwood.. what a mess they make!About your silver maples at your old house........
We planted two trees a few years ago relatively close to the pond , a Red Point Maple and a Northern Red Oak. The Oak hasn't take off.....but the Maple has. Gosh, I hope it wasn't a huge mistake....I'll be afraid to ever remove my mesh net !
Sissy. I love how pretty your outdoors is. I have been to parts of Virginia but not where you live. The picture of your area is really gorgeous. Well any extra time I get to spend time with my pond is "well" spent time as far as I'm concerned! It gives me an excuse to get out of the house!
Hi Garby. Thank you so much. Are you new here? I hope you are enjoying it so far. Welcome to GPF!Those pink blooms will be stunning, smart choice.
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