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How To Improve A Yard Where Nothing Grows

Updated on March 15, 2012

Pictures of two yards (before and after)

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Huge rock with tall perennial plant in front. This is in back yard.Same rock transformed into a waterfall.This is a closer look of waterfall.Corner spot where nothing would grow but impatient plant and silver mound in backyard.This corner was transformed into a small waterfall pond.This is at the side of the house near the front by the door entrance. BBQ is there because nothing wood grow there.This is the same spot but transformed into a small waterfall pond with plants grown in container.This is a close up of the side by the front entrance.
Huge rock with tall perennial plant in front. This is in back yard.
Huge rock with tall perennial plant in front. This is in back yard. | Source
Same rock transformed into a waterfall.
Same rock transformed into a waterfall. | Source
This is a closer look of waterfall.
This is a closer look of waterfall. | Source
Corner spot where nothing would grow but impatient plant and silver mound in backyard.
Corner spot where nothing would grow but impatient plant and silver mound in backyard. | Source
This corner was transformed into a small waterfall pond.
This corner was transformed into a small waterfall pond. | Source
This is at the side of the house near the front by the door entrance. BBQ is there because nothing wood grow there.
This is at the side of the house near the front by the door entrance. BBQ is there because nothing wood grow there. | Source
This is the same spot but transformed into a small waterfall pond with plants grown in container.
This is the same spot but transformed into a small waterfall pond with plants grown in container. | Source
This is a close up of the side by the front entrance.
This is a close up of the side by the front entrance. | Source

In this first picture shows a back yard that has a huge rock on the property. And since you can't move it, this rock was changed into a waterfall. Adding some plants and garden accessories complements this rock from being nothing to something.


Pond by front steps


Next to these steps was very hard to grow any type of plants. A BBQ was put there for the time being until a pond was put in. Once the pond was put in place, it gave a nice face lift to this front door entrance welcoming people to the home. And with a little patio table just out the door made a nice sitting spot to enjoy and relax.


Corner pond in another yard

Y ou will notice in the fourth picture, you see two plants an impatience and a silver mound. That corner was a dead spot in this back yard. There was a lot of shade there and anything that was planted there did not grow besides those two plants. You couldn't dig because of a wire running underground, so a small raised pond was put there instead and a lower one to give a little waterfall with some plants around it. Lots of limestone rock was used to build a wall and then a liner was put in, lined with a piece of old carpet so the rocks won't pierce the liner. Now the bottom part of the pond is a kidney shaped tub stuck it in the ground.

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    • Di_Seminchuk profile imageAUTHOR

      Di_Seminchuk 

      7 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      There is not much maintenance to do here. All you have to do is check the water level, if it is low then just add more water. To keep the water clear from algae,just put some algae remover in the water and when it comes to weeding, if you plant your plants in planters like the picture by the steps, then you will have no weeding to do. But if you plant in the ground, yes you will have some weeding.I suggest to plant perennials, that will save on buying plants every year.

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      Phil Plasma 

      7 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      These are some amazing transformations. Do they require a lot of maintenance once the transformation is complete?

      I don't mind spending the time to do a transformation like this, but if it then creates more maintenance work for things like weeding and watering, I'm less interested.

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      Di_Seminchuk 

      7 years ago

      Hi Scosgrove,

      You go to a any hardware store into the seasonal department and get yourself a water pump.These pumps are made just for ponds,fountains and they come in different sizes and depending on how big the pond is, you have to get the right amount of power flow(this is mentioned on the box). Once you have purchased your pump they have an adjustment button to regulate how strong you want the flow. These pumps don't come with a hose you have to buy that separately. There are kits but I rather buy the hose, because it depends where you are going to put the pump in the water and where the space or hole is to put the hose for the water to flow out. The pump is always put in the bottom pool and the hose is put at the top part of your pond to get the water flow like my small pond for example. If you only have one pool like my mom's waterfall, is the same procedure. The water will recycle itself. But you still have to check your pond just in case you have to put more water in it.

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      Scosgrove 

      7 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      Whoa. Very nice work on the yards. The transformation is amazing. How do you run water to the ponds without it being intrusive? Does the water recycle itself?

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