new natural bottom pond
I set out to make a rain garden...but...with the clay soil here it did not drain at all. I made it deeper and now have a pretty cool natural bottom pond. Downspouts from the house are directed underground to the bottom of the pond. It is only about one month old.
It is not a neat "clean" pond. We plan to let it do its thing with as little intervention from us as possible.
We planted arrowhead (it is spreading like crazy), some pickrel weed, sedges around the edges, and some cardinal flower.
All the following animals have found the pond on their own and appear to have made it their home: one small painted turtle, one bull frog, and one green frog. There are lots of dragon flies, all types of water bugs, and some snails.
I have a cash reward for the kid who finds the first salamander! We really want (and need) some tadpoles to help with the algae. It is amazing the amont of wilflife that will find and use small ponds like this!
Anyone else like or have a natural bottom wildlife pond?