Friday, July 22, 2011

Pond to Bog Conversion: Complete

12 hours after a 1.4" per hour rainstorm - no puddling!

For those of you who missed Parts I and II over the past 10 months or so, I dug a pond in our yard six years ago.  It was about 6' x 6' x 2.5' deep, and it functioned pretty well as a fish pond and a stormwater collector of sorts.  And occasionally, as poor old Roan's summer hang-out spot.  However, when Hank started walking in August, 2010, I could quickly tell that the pond's days were numbered based on safety alone.  I talked to a wetland designer buddy ("E") of mine who suggested that I convert it to a bog or "bog garden" that would provide many of the same stormwater and habitat functions, but without the standing water (my apologies to the fish).

I drained the pond, filled it with peat moss and sand as "E" prescribed, and concocted this wonderful planting plan:

After allowing the material to settle to final elevations, I ordered the plant stock and installed it.  Unfortunately, I missed a key part of any planting plan - understanding the land use.   What do I mean, "land use"? What could possibly interfere with a native planting at our house?

Keep jumping on it until it's dead! much for "disturbance sensitive" plants.  Here's what the "as built" planting plan actually looks like:

Yeah, I had no idea that a bouncy peat bog with ferns taller than Hank would be in any way attractive to him. He's almost two......he should be over that destructive stuff, right?  (joking).  Hank busted up the few bloodroots that emerged - I think the peat stayed too wet for the trilliums.  The best things about the project are that it is keeping our runoff on our property, and it has become an attractive landscape feature in our back yard. Oh, and the neighbor's cats hunt chipmunks here, if you consider that to be a good thing.  I could go either way on that one.


Unknown said...

It looks good Swampy!

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

Oh man, that turned out well!

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