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Our bog in it's entirety is four feet deep. We have Aquablox in the bottom, then softball sized rocks, then egg sized, and the last 18 inches is gravel.
Wish I'd known about aqua blocks, seems like they'd be a good fit in the bottom of a bog.
 
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I retrospect not gluing it would have been a good idea, unfortunately, it's glued. There is a portion of the run which is above bo level, so I guess we'll have to let it back flush a little and hope for the best. We're supposed to get some nasty weather, sleet etc. on Thursday, so want to get it done today.

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Along with back flushing if your lines are already at the high point you can always cut in a ball t and put a ball valve at the end at the high point along with breaking siphone you can put a small airline or garden hose into the pipe and drain it down
 
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Along with back flushing if your lines are already at the high point you can always cut in a ball t and put a ball valve at the end at the high point along with breaking siphone you can put a small airline or garden hose into the pipe and drain it down
I later discovered hubby had put in a "union" ( think that's what you call it ) so we were able to easily disconnect the lines and drain them :)
 
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Well, I turned on the pump that feeds the bog this afternoon! I smelled a slight "rotten egg " smell for a few seconds, then it was gone. The plants look like they made it through the winter as I can see their roots and a little green in their crowns.

Still have the Sand & Gravel filter torn apart and most of the pond is still covered....but we're getting there !!
 

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Great! All I ever smell is pond water type smell, when I turn it on.
 
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Great! All I ever smell is pond water type smell, when I turn it on.
that's probably because your bog and pond are joined. no piping between them
 
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I've figured out how I want to hide the extra bog liner.....but it's going to mean brining a bunch of rocks up a hill !!! Hubby finished plumbing on Sand & Gravel filter, so will probably turn it on tomorrow :) I won't turn on the water fall till it's much warmer.
 
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it's still cool here in ct and I have three waterfalls yes I'm sure it is chilling the water a bit but it's been above 50 or at durring the day.
 
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but it's going to mean brining a bunch of rocks up a hill !!
I look at the 5 pallets of rock I hauled up our hill and wonder how in the world did I ever do that. I know I had to roll a lot of them, hand carry the rest.

it's still cool here in ct and I have three waterfalls yes I'm sure it is chilling the water a bit but it's been above 50 or at durring the day.
I watch the water temp climb and drop, a nice sunny day temps go up cold night they drop. The bog surface is huge and does change the water temps, it can swing by 3-5 degrees day to night. The warmth we have had the pond has climbed to 52 even after a cool night.
 
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Took some pictures of the bog today. Please no "bog shaming " as we review our "challenges" - LOL. This first picture shows the water returning to the pond. There is a waterfall pipe directly under the spill way. Any ideas on how to naturalize it more? So far we tucked the bog liner under the top rock around the pond....I also put a little piece of drift wood over it. I don't know how to conceal the liner hanging into the pond.

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The other pictures show another longer log along one side of the pond ad some of the rock work surrounding the bog. Some of the pea gravel has settled over the winter, making it deeper in parts. I kind of like that....kind of like a hybrid stream / bog. However, we can get more pea gravel once we can shop more.

I also posted pictures showing what I believe to be new growth of the plants, planted just before last winter. I'm so grateful to @addy1 for them !! I haven't looked online to see if places are shipping water plants or not, frankly we've had more pressing issues with some of our family and the virus situation....so really grateful some are growing.
 
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These pictures show more rock work. We haven't cut any liner yet and have quite a bit of it. There is also a picture of the red stemmed parrots feather from @addy1 that grew steadily over the winter under the pond cover. All I did before winter is tuck some into a small mesh bag and tie it to a pipe, leaving it floating in the pond.

Hubby is also building an extension to the structure that hides our hideous sand & gravel filter. We'd hoped to move and replumb it, but found a tree stump in the area we wanted to move it to.....so this is our cosmetic solution....painting will commence once warmer.

Also, the "Fab Four" are happily swimming around the pond looking so beautiful...and approaching 16 years in the pond ! I gave them a light feeding last night and felt my blood pressure drop....so calming.
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Looking good! The iris looking things are the Japanese varigated iris, real pretty lilac flowers. They only get 12 inches tall or so. Make sure they don't get overwhelmed by the other plants. The stems look like my water willow, check what you got i.e. the list. It is not growing yet.

My red stem froze and kept growing all winter, not under a cover out in the open. Now we did not have a real cold winter but there was ice on the hot tub pond.
 
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Looking good! The iris looking things are the Japanese varigated iris, real pretty lilac flowers. They only get 12 inches tall or so. Make sure they don't get overwhelmed by the other plants. The stems look like my water willow, check what you got i.e. the list. It is not growing yet.

My red stem froze and kept growing all winter, not under a cover out in the open. Now we did not have a real cold winter but there was ice on the hot tub pond.
Do you think the plants look pretty good for the time of year? I have nothing to base it on as it's our first Spring. I will probably look online, but don't want things to get over grown.

I worry a little as there are a couple spots with algae in the bog, but will be patient. Also if I stick my fingers into the pea gravel, it disturbs brownish water....should I be concerned?
 

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Do you think the plants look pretty good for the time of year? I have nothing to base it on as it's our first Spring. I will probably look online, but don't want things to get over grown.

I worry a little as there are a couple spots with algae in the bog, but will be patient. Also if I stick my fingers into the pea gravel, it disturbs brownish water....should I be concerned?
They look like mine just a bit behind. You have been colder than us, we have been warm. The water willow is just starting to bud, my iris are about 4 inches talls.

The water will be brown anytime you disturb the bog, it collects fine particles of dirt and when walked in, plants pulled it will pour back into the pond. With mine within a day it is back to crystal clear. I also get a layer of dirt on top of the pea gravel. The algae will grow in the bog as the plants take off it disappears.

When I work the bog hard, ie yanking plants, I can make the pond so full of muck you can't see anything. The next day crystal clear again. I don't worry about it.

You can take quilt batting mess around putting it under the water flow back into the pond, try to suck it out. I did once, never again, not worth the effort. The bog cleans the water just fine.
 
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Any ideas on how to naturalize it more
For exposed liners heres a couple tricks I have learned. if the liner in high enough and you dont think too much water will reach it. i have used the non woven fabric to place over the rubber and i rubbed moss over the dampened fabric, a year later its covering the fabric looks realy nice.
another trick is to use foam in a thin layer. and when it's still tacky not too soft you can put sand or fine gravel on verticals sprinkle it on and push it into the foam . Bark that you can find peeling off fallen trees.
Moss moss and more moss.
lastly is a product called rock on a roll its basically rubber with the sand commercially installed onto the rubber. Splice adhesive /primer could work well too.
I haven't tried to sprinkle sand onto the primer yet but I know it can as some has slipped in while sealing.
One other thing I have done that was an added bonus was to p
make pockets with the rubber on the outside of the rock edging and plants that like to sit in still pockets with some soil thrive and soften the edges of the pond.
 

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