Let me introduce you to our lovely rain garden.. which is built in before our pond and its overflow will in fact go into the pond..
Now the pond was dug down and leveled with rounded swaying sides to make it look more natural. Nature was helpful, it rained and showed us where we needed to level more and that it collected the rain nicely and VERY important, it showed that it drained that water in 12 to 14 hours.
At that point we put back a mix of top soil/compost mix.. The whole area was dug down ahead of time. We went with a total of 8 inches deep in the lowest level 1, 6 inches deep at level 2 and 4 inches in Level 3. There were a few spots that I brought that up to a 2 inch dip.. so level 3 has some area’s 4 inches and other 2 inches..
The different layers have different plant choices based on how much they can handle wetter feet vs drying out at times.. Then we needed to mulch it down to help present seeds from blowing in an starting.
Now I know that we need another drift wood to add in there and that the plants are little yet.. but trust me.. they will grow, they will fill things in and most of them need to be split every three years so they will pay for themselve in time 🙂
Now we needed to build a dry creek bed overflow into the pond.. The sides of the made stable with the very large rocks and then the river rock fills the bottom.. there is a nice flat on each side that allows you to use them to step on and cross of the wee creek (haha) if you need to do so.
We still need to build the dry creek bed that leads into the rain garden.. but the rain garden itself is finished! I can’t wait include a photo a month as it grows and fills in and hopefully show you it in action 🙂