What does your landscaping around your pond look like?


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I spread natural mulch around my pond, they are from my own downed tree branches. The first year I bought mulch but never really like the look that much. I prefer the natural look. I did place some rock here and there in the mulch too. I planted a variety of species, this year I added native species for the area. I like the look to be more natural and filled in look not perfectly planted. Last year I thinned out some things as it was a little to grown in. I extended the size around the pond this year for planting room with native species.
I have cardinal plants, different grasses, cone flowers, bleeding hearts, dogwood, blueberry bushes, mint, different ground cover, forget me knots, many pond plants (some are growing around the pond now too), swamp milkweed in the yard, beebalm, new england aster, different hostas, and turtle head to name a few. I removed the broom bush in the photos.

Here is the extension size before the growing season.
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here are few I just took
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I built a Stone fire pit this year

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I can never get enough of the natural woodsy look of this.
 
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Welcome to the jungle! haha!

This is my pond last August with everything going crazy. About 3/4 of the perimeter of the pond is mulched path. We put the stone walk in the previous summer. The rest is just plants gone wild. Amazing how much growth you can get in a few months time!


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love this too looks so green and beautiful.
 
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Our pond is mostly surrounded by grass but there is a medium sized border of various sizes of rocks and plants.
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I spread natural mulch around my pond, they are from my own downed tree branches. The first year I bought mulch but never really like the look that much. I prefer the natural look. I did place some rock here and there in the mulch too. I planted a variety of species, this year I added native species for the area. I like the look to be more natural and filled in look not perfectly planted. Last year I thinned out some things as it was a little to grown in. I extended the size around the pond this year for planting room with native species.
I have cardinal plants, different grasses, cone flowers, bleeding hearts, dogwood, blueberry bushes, mint, different ground cover, forget me knots, many pond plants (some are growing around the pond now too), swamp milkweed in the yard, beebalm, new england aster, different hostas, and turtle head to name a few. I removed the broom bush in the photos."


Your pond and landscaping is beautiful! I am changing the stream to my my own pond and have a question about your stream. Do you find the rocks on the bottom collects too much muck? Does it cause problems with your fish? Thank you for your help.
 
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Your pond and landscaping is beautiful! I am changing the stream to my my own pond and have a question about your stream. Do you find the rocks on the bottom collects too much muck? Does it cause problems with your fish? Thank you for your help.

Thank you for the comment. The rocks in the stream cause no issues for the fish, actually the opposite. Once installed and lined with rocks and gravel, a stream becomes a filter for your pond. The rock and gravel will capture suspended solid waste that is in the water and this will help keep the water cleaner. The amount of filtering work a stream does for a pond depends on how much water the stream carries. I also have a mechanical filter pad in the skimmer and in the waterfall filter also, this catches some of the waste before it enters the stream. I throw watercress and Water Hyacinth in the stream also with the edge plantings of forget me knots, mint etc all keep with taking out some nutrients. In the fall I will move the gravel around making pockets down to the liner and will vacuum out some of the muck before I shut down for the winter. So far this has worked great and I never lost a fish due to health issues or winter issues. I have lost fish to predation.

I should mention my stream is not very deep, it goes from 2" to maybe 6" at the most. I have approximately 6500 gph flowing thru the stream which helps move debris from the trees into the pond which then goes to the skimmer.

Best of luck with the stream install, it will be a truly added benefit.
 
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