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.