Extreme Duck Pond Makeover
My three ducks, Peanut, Butter, and Jelly, have gone through their fair share of swimming pools. As natural lovers of water, I have always tried my best to provide them with a swimming hole of some fashion, starting with a potted plant reservoir in their duckling days and moving onto a large kiddie pool which was great for ducklings, but as adults they just kept popping the darned things.
Finally, almost a year and about 6 or 7 kiddie pools later, a neighbor of mine donated a large, hard plastic pool for the ducks’ enjoyment. Unfortunately, much of the swimming room was taken up by a mini slide and steps, and the thing got dirty so quickly (compliments of the ducks’ habit of pooping in the water) and it had to be cleaned twice a day, ruining the lawn and causing flooding in my backyard.
So I did what any loving duck parent would do, and I decided to build the ducks their very own, large, filtered pond. I went to a couple of pond builders for the task and ended up choosing David Weekly from Waterscapes Pro, as he seemed to have the most duck-friendly and low maintenance method of using a filter at the bottom of the pond, as well as a natural bog filter at the top of the waterfall.
I had the perfect spot picked out next to my rose garden This hill actually began as the bane of my existence when I moved into my house. It was absolutely covered with weeds and bermuda grass and it seemed like nothing could be done to make it usable… However, putting in tireless hours and a lot of manual labor (and a lot of Round-Up), with the help of a friend last summer I tackled the left side and turned it into a rose garden. This summer I did some more weed killing, planted some fruit trees, and hauled a dump-truck load of mulch over the remaining hill.
ANYWAY, I digress. This hill made the perfect spot for a water feature. And it went a little something like this….
And the ducks are certainly loving every last second!