(Written By the Pond Momma)
He wanted a pond….
I must be honest with you; I didn’t want a pond. My husband did though and tried talking me into it for several years. I didn’t want to spend the money; I didn’t want to take up space in our (very) small back yard; I didn’t like the thought of standing water when we had small children around. But, we ended up with a pond anyway! And you know what? I am really glad that we have one now. Now I am the one asking for a bigger pond or a longer stream or a log bridge over part. My husband laughs.
The pond is our favorite place to hang in our backyard pretty much the entire year. As soon as the ice melts, the kids are playing on the edge which turns into wading and looking for the fish. A few weeks ago it rained one of those early spring rains. The pond didn’t have any ice but snow still covered all the dried plants. It was so pretty I tried to take a movie.
Jeff built our pond with steps going down. The each step is only one rock deep so (when) our small children step in, they just sit up and climb out. There are two more steps that are 9 inches. The fish cave is on the lowest level. The pond is only 2 feet deep, and the fish overwinter every year.
Last summer the kids found out they could use their snorkel masks to watch the fish! Ha ha!
I think dipping my toes in during the summer is relaxing but my favorite time is in fall, when the plants are mature and turning copper colored and a few red maple leaves float across the water. I can see the pond at night from my bedroom window and can hear the waterfall echo bouncing off the neighbor’s house up into my upstairs bedroom. (The neighbors enjoy that too!)
If you’ve ever had a backyard pond with a flagstone waterfall, then you know what kind of magic it puts into your yard. The yard seems alive. More birds and butterflies visit. Nature seems closer because the water brings it to you. Even the landscaping seems more beautiful. If someone asked if I would recommend having a pond, I’d say yes in a heartbeat. So glad Jeff talked me into it! Try it. You will be glad to have a backyard pond too!
Jeff Chudek has been building ponds and waterfalls professionally since 2005. As a kid, his favorite time of year was spring, because the spring thaw created so much mud and puddles, and all the trees and plants were waking up. He loves figuring out the best way to use something, and fixing things that are broken. He's good at coming up with ideas, and helping choose the best idea for you.