pond overhaul

An extremely muddy afternoon trying to sort out the overgrown pond. Really, I should do 1/3rd of the plants every year … but didn’t manage it last year or the year before, so well overdue. Hopefully, it’s in the magic spot between tadpoles leaving the pond, and frogs returning to the pond to spend the winter in the mud at the bottom – though there was certainly one fairly annoyed frog in residence!
There are more plants than appear, as there’s lots of Canadian pondweed etc below the surface, and there’s the brick “escape ramp” for things to get in and out, and make it easy for wildlife to get down to water level to drink.
It did rather take me back to my youth, where for several years we had a tradition of sorting out the pond every year on May Morning!
pond before
pond after