Keep the pond or take back that space? (pics)
I'm determined to start adding life and color to my drab, sad backyard. But I'm struggling with a pond I inherited. I put netting up for the fall but after taking it off twigs, seeds and leaves from the neighboring trees still make their way into the little pond.
I get professional help for yearly thorough cleanings but in between I do some pond-cleaning myself. Cost-wise, I've estimated that instead of 7 years of maintenance I could take it out and get landscaping work that's easier to deal with. I'm scheduling consultations with landscape designers but I am also reaching here because I'm honestly lost about what to do.
If you take the pond out (and the surrounding river jacks), would you make it a green area and maybe plant a Japanese maple and other plants? Or use the area for corner patio seating? Or would you keep plants on the perimeter against the fence and fill in the rest with slate/pavers? I have an eastern exposure with heavy pm shade once the leaves come back.