Foxglove Moments

November 5, 2015


Every year around this time, approximately four billion maple leaves fall in my yard, half of which manage to land in my pond.

Each is the size of an elephant ear--a large elephant.

And each spring I clean my pond, removing a foot of decomposed leaf sludge from the bottom.

 

 

 

So this year I looked into getting a pond screen. The pond shop didn't carry them, but the helpful store assistant suggested that I make one myself. "They're easy to make," he said.

Easy to make. He was probably thinking of someone like my father or my nephew Ryan; he probably wasn't thinking of someone like me who isn't always sure which end of a hammer to use.

 

 

 So I took his advice and asked Ryan to design and construct me a pond cover, netting on top so the pond can "breathe," plastic on the sides so the leaves can slide off.

 

 

 

 

 

I'm pleased with the result. My pond is now protected from the annual leaf assault. Once the leaves are all down for this year, we'll dismantle and store the cover until next fall.

 

 

 

 

 


For now, I happily sit back and watch the large maple leaves happily fall where they may.