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Big Difference

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Last night I noticed that Cyndie was adding water to our landscape pond. I asked her if it has been needing as much water as the last few years. She told me that it didn’t, and that was a bit of a surprise. However, it leads me to believe that the changes we have made are likely responsible for the difference.

Since we moved here, each year the pond has needed more and more water added to maintain the level. We imagined there might be a leak, but we could never find any evidence of one. Then one day, I had an insight. Each year, the plants in the pond got thicker and thicker.

It seemed a surprising amount of water, but it occurred to me that the plants could be drinking it all up.

They were taking over, so we started pruning. We did a lot of pruning.

On top of that, we came across a valuable tip on keeping the pond clean over the offseason. We covered the surface with bird netting that caught all the debris of fall and winter. When we were ready to put the pump in this spring, all we needed to do was roll up the net. We were rewarded with a pond bottom of clean rocks, in place of the usual matt of rotting leaves.

Soon, the bundles of reeds that survived our pruning will start to sprout and we’ll see if the water level starts dropping at an increased rate.

I don’t mind so much that we have to add water, now that we’ve figured out it’s not simply pouring out some leak in the bottom. It’s just a little mind-boggling to see how much water the pond plants can actually consume if that is what’s actually happening.

I don’t know the actual science, but our anecdotal evidence about the big difference allows me to believe.

Especially given that I just really, really don’t want there to be a leak.





Written by johnwhays

May 14, 2019 at 6:00 am

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  1. You are going to hate me for saying this but there is a leak – according to my experience. That said a leak isn’t all bad as it encourages you to add fresh water…. Actually, we have a similar situation with our fish pond/ old clothes washing tank. And so we top it up on alternative days. I’ll be keeping an eye on your solution, though. Strange to think you are monitoring your water after all that snow and rain.

    Ian Rowcliffe

    May 14, 2019 at 8:12 am

    • Hah! I can never hate you for your brilliant perspectives you share. You always enrich and inform my otherwise typically limited views.
      Part of me also suspects the possibility of a leak is still likely, however I’m no longer believing it is the only cause of dropping levels.
      I am always surprised by how quickly we can swing from too wet to too dry. Yesterday, most of the trees sprouted leaves. Every growing thing is guzzling up ground water at a stupendous rate right now. All that frozen liquid of winter is once again on the move.


      May 14, 2019 at 8:23 am

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