A Shady Spot to Relax by the Pond


A few years ago, we built a pond in our backyard.  We absolutely love  the sound of the waterfall and even the occasional splash of  the huge koi as they come up for food.  We decided to add a sitting area nearby where we could sit in the shade while enjoying the sounds of the pond.

We started with a bit of a slope to a grassy area.  We dug that out, then dug and dug and dug until we had a level area. 



We went to our favorite rock place in town and filled up the truck.  This load weighed about 1500 pounds.  We hand-picked the rocks, moved them to a pallet, the guy then put the pallet right in the truck, then we put them in a wheelbarrow, pulled each rock out, then placed it.  Yes, we probably lifted each rock at least four times!!  Advil was definitely our friend after this weekend.  🙂
We used the round rocks to hold the dirt back above the area and the flat rocks to create a patio for the Adirondack chairs my husband made a few years ago. 
We had to make a step to get up to the pond, as the slope was too steep there.  We ended up back at the rock place for another 500 pounds of rocks!  (not just for the step)  🙂
Because our soil is so sandy here, we were able to use what we dug out to set the stones.  Even using all that we did, we ended up taking almost 5000 pounds of dirt to the dump.  (Enter more Advil….)
We added a new lattice panel and several new plants–lilac, honeysuckle, daisies and coneflowers.  We are looking forward to relaxing in this new shady sitting area!
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