Jane Pondering

This blog is to show clickers why I decided I had to revamp the pond this week. I was very naive last October when I thought the articulated rush was spreading nicely across the water.

Pond October 2019

By July this year, I recognised it as couch grass and was horrified!

Couch grass July

I’d taken a photo in April when I still thought it was the rush I’d planted when we first dug the pond. In fact, the couch had worked its way into the water under the moss covered log in the next photo. In July, the decision was made to get it all out.

Shallow area of pond April

There was also another looming problem. We had one apple tree with a rather dead understorey and another apple tree that was completely dead. The latter had lost a large limb several years ago but last winter had killed it.

Dead apple understorey August

Dead apple tree August

So, in July, I separated the couch grass from the original piece of articulated rush.

Articulated rush and couch separated July

However, I realised the next day that the remaining rush still had couch entwined through its roots and I had to bite the bullet, remove it completely and replace the plant. I like articulated rush as it doesn’t need to be in aquatic soil and just needs a bit of gravel in the water. Only one place stocked it and I bought two plants and also thought that the marginal Lesser spearwort might also look nice.

Articulated rush and Lesser spearwort

I washed what soil I could off the spearwort roots and lined a pond basket with hessian and gravel, hoping it would survive.

Lesser spearwort in situ August

I knew the rush would be ok and although they don’t need to be in a basket, I decided it would be easier for me to manage should the couch get in again!

Rush x 2 August

I supervised OH cutting the dead apple branches yesterday and then I placed them around the pond with as much artistic verve as my non-artistic brain could find.

Apple logs by pond

Apple log by pond

Dappled pond

View to south west corner

The view to the field at the bottom of the garden is now a bit more open

Open view to field August

And hopefully, the frogs will be happier and spawn next April!


14 Responses

  1. gertie says:

    Excellent Jane :good: ten out of ten! :lol: Seriously, lovely pictures and concise articulation I like it ;-) I still don’t actually know what couch grass looks like! Have all sorts growing from dropped bird seeds even tho’ am now trying to purchase non-growing [so-called :confused: ] Your frog looks very satisfied :-) :good: :rose:

  2. Yewbarrow says:

    it looks good NT – got a small one to sort out here, some awful weed thingy growing which is absolutely matted and not easy to get out, have removed quite a bit, but do think I am going to have to empty pond and get to grips with it, or even start again – son has said he will help – have wanted a pond for years and years, childminded in the early days then grandchildren arrived so put it off at our other house, so delighted to have one here

  3. cilla says:

    That was a lot of work Jane but worth the effort. The logs look great and I love your pond, it is so natural. ☺

  4. cilla says:

    That was a lot of work Jane but worth the effort. The logs look great and I love your pond, it is so natural. :-) :good:

  5. VegVamp says:

    A great bit of work Jane and it looks wonderful, and so natural. Couch grass is a pain, one of the few downsides of living next to fields. ;-) I do like that articulated rush, must have a look for one of those. I’m sure the frogs, newts and everyone else will love the makeover. :good:

  6. A great blog Jane, it looks lovely and tranquil. I’m sure the frogs will find your pond next year.

  7. Allan says:

    Shows how quick bogs can change into grassland, Nice Jane, :good:

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