Another Saturday Project – Part II

With the backflow valve fixed, we were able to turn on the stream. We had to do a little cleaning of the stream bed because some of our evil mulch had blown in during the spring but it wasn’t too bad. Hopefully by the end of this year we’ll have all of our evil mulch collected and tilled into the garden where it will torment us no longer.

I had pumped most of the water out of the sump before the heavy winter hit but there is always residual water in the pump and housing and I was concerned that the pump might not have survived the winter intact. When we plugged in the stream we could hear some gurgling and could see the water level in the sump start to drop which was a good sign. After a minute the water came gushing out of the waterfall and I heaved a sigh of relief.

While cleaning out the stream bed we took the opportunity to make it a little more “meandering”. I think it turned out pretty good.

This year our goal is to plant more ground cover around the stream and some bushes and grasses around it to give it a more natural look.

4 Comments

  1. Lori says:

    Holy cow, who knew you had such hidden talents. If the computer world ever tanks, you can fall back on your plumbing and landscaping expertise.

    Waterfall with meandering stream, indeed!

  2. mom says:

    I wonder if your neighbors will enjoy the stream and water over rocks sounds as much as I enjoyed our neighbor Charlie’s lovely waterfall. I miss the patio and Charlie and Kinko’s stream more than I can say. I’m with Lori on this one too, as I am so amazed at you guys and your gardening skills. My British friends never called it a “yard”, rather “lovely gardens”. Now I’m a “yard” gardner and you guys are in the “lovely garden” catagory. But where did you get these talents?

  3. BYUFan says:

    Our gardening skills aren’t as great as they’re cracked up to be. We lost out entire broccoli crop to either cutworms or ants depending upon which web site you read. I’m going to take strong anti-cutworm measures for our tomatoes because it’s been a couple of years since I’ve had a good fresh tomato. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

    Hopefully we can get the vegetation around the stream to fill out by the end of the year. The problem with the stream is that it’s in the hot backyard. We never spend any time in the backyard because it’s always so hot in the afternoon sun. We need to get ourselves a pergola over the back patio because it will probably be another 20 years before our shade trees develop.

  4. Lori says:

    yeah, but you planted BROCCOLI. And you know what a cutworm is. That’s skillz whether you want to be modest about it or not.

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