I desperately need to clean out our little pond and waterfall.
It was installed by the previous owners and Iâ€™m not quite sure why they even did it.
Itâ€™s really puny and just looks like they plunked it in there with no rhyme or reason.
I have tried my best since we moved here three years ago, to blend it in by planting a cut leaf Japanese maple next to it, some mock orange around the back, and a few hydrangea around the edges.Â
It helps, but itâ€™s still weird looking. Maybe when all the plant material grows in it will look better (cross fingers).
I put netting over it each fall to keep out the falling leaves, but somehow, they still seem to get in there and gunk up the bottom.
So this week, I plan on donning my Simms fishing waders and cleaning out the muck.
I hate to do it because Iâ€™m scared of puncturing the liner and causing a leak, but if I donâ€™t do it, the pump gets clogged and the fish might claim neglect by going belly up.Â
The process involves:
- Pulling out the pump and its surrounding filter cage
- HosingÂ it off
- Using my hands to pull out all the slimy leaves and other debris
- Keeping the dogs from eating the slimy leaves and other debris!
- Cleaning the old algae from the waterfall rocks, and then …
- Hosing myself off
Itâ€™s a big project for such a small (and weird) water feature, I sometimes wonder why I spend the time.Â
But my three year old really enjoys feeding the fish every day in the summer and the sound of the waterfall is quite lovely on a warm evening.Â
I guess weâ€™ve become attached to our little trickling brookâ€¦despite its nonconformity.