New pond complete, could use a quick opinion on final touches PIC included


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Finished our pond last week, there is only about 2ft around the entire thing for landscape and pond plants..... Water runoff will be an issue if I dont do something soon and before we get any rain, since pond is level as you can see in pictures..... Its already a ton of rock so I am debating adding more rock to the surrounding landscape, bark doesn't seem like a good option either as this would easily blow and wash into pond. Leaving it bare dirt and adding plants a good idea? or go with weed barrier and smaller pebbles and then adding plants. I am a terrible landscaper so any advice on finishing up the final touches would be much appreciated.
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I think either would work fine
Depending on your climate you may want to plant some evergreens for year round foliage. But if you want less maintenance, stick with rockscaping
 
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Have you watched The Pond Digger's youtube videos? He has a ton of them and quite a few of the "episodes" later in the process of each little series focus on landscaping around a pond. Yours is going to be fabulous!
 
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Thank you all, I bought some weed barrier hoping this helps with rain run off pushing the surrounding dirt into the pond, also ran a drip line. Going to try and stick with evergreens and small stones after laying the weed barrier and I think a few planters with seasonal greens and flowers to set up on the slate top of the waterfall.
 

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Take a few shovels of dirt away around the pond. Lower the dirt to slightly below the pond edge. Rocks, low growing plants, a few accent pots for seasonal flowers, some small evergreens and it will look great.
 
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I decided to not do weedbarrier and or add anymore rocks and just planted some evergreens, low growing grasses, and adding a few large pots for seasonal flowers and plants. And I am still working on getting my water plants to take off so I can add them, water lettuce, a couple hyacinth, 4 water lilies that are clearly not liking my pond :( dead) some drawf horsetail and parrots feather.

Do anyone have any ideas of something that would be good in this corner. It' really the only place were I think we could get away with growing something taller that wouldn' block the view or get in the way. I was thinking a big decorative pot with a small red maple? Or a pot of large elepant ears? Something tall to add character perhaps? I was thinking if I planted a red small maple tree in a pot with small greens and flowers at the base it would perhaps stay small or could be pruned to stay small and if it got to big for the area I could always move it later? Any thoughts. ( the large fern is not planted there just sitting)
 

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Not quite sure, but I believe Japanese maple stay relatively small but red maples can get pretty tall (40 to 70 feet). Do you have any pictures of the rest of your pond. We would love to see some more views and angles!!
 
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I was thinking bloodgood Japanese maple? That is what I seen at our local lowes. Going to check Costco as well. Here is some more pictures. Still a work in progress and all plants were just put ijn yesterday so have some growing to do.
 

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Looks nice! Do you have any fish in the upper pond area? is it connected to the rest of the pond below the surface or just via the waterfalls?
 
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Looks nice! Do you have any fish in the upper pond area? is it connected to the rest of the pond below the surface or just via the waterfalls?


No fish in upper pond yet. Once filter is cycled I will add a few fish In there and see if they stay. This the may go over the falls :( it's not connected underneath I wanted to but the builder said it wouldn't work design wise... since then the water would not build up and fall over
 
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True, I didn't think of that. You could probably add some goldfish or minnows to it, but there is the chance they would get pushed over the falls and into the big pond. You could add some mesh or screen to keep them in the upper pond somehow? Or just put some aquatic plants in that part and use it as a kind of "bog". How deep is the upper pond??
 
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Love your house !!!!! Reminds me of a medieval castle. You have the Gothic iron gate with stone bridge over moat.
 
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How much sun is the pond getting each day? Could be the reason for your aquatic plants not taking off
 
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True, I didn't think of that. You could probably add some goldfish or minnows to it, but there is the chance they would get pushed over the falls and into the big pond. You could add some mesh or screen to keep them in the upper pond somehow? Or just put some aquatic plants in that part and use it as a kind of "bog". How deep is the upper pond??

I just stock a tape measure In there last week. It' a tad over 3ft and some slate for shelfs
 
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How much sun is the pond getting each day? Could be the reason for your aquatic plants not taking off


Yes I bet your right. I hung 2 huge shade sails we picked up from Costco so pond is very shaded. They said they block 90 percent of rays and just a just a bit on Sun come in on the sides ECT. They make it so enjoyable to be able to sit out there. I also thought it.would help with keeping any algee away. Maybe I will take 1 down and see how that goes.
 

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