I made little progress during the week on the disappearing bird stream, but did find some time to work on it Sunday.
We made the area for the waterfall, and I used whatever miscellaneous moss and bull rocks I had laying around. The flow of the water seems okay, it’s still a little deep so I need to add much more rock to the center of the stream.
The following are the next steps or stages I plan to do.
- Finish the moss rock around the edges, and more bull rock in the center. I’ll probably need a full palette of moss rock (3000 lbs) so I’ll have to have that delivered.
- Mortar in the rocks that should be mortared and use pond foam in between the rocks that need it so there is no leaking.
- Buy lots and lots of potting soil and hardwood mulch.
- Plants some plants along the side of the stream to give the birds some cover to hide.
- Plant maybe 1 more tree (thinking about a loquat tree) within the bird “sanctuary” (that’s what I’m calling it as of this moment).
- Move my Little John Bottlebrush plant that has never received much attention to the bird stream area.
- Figure out how many hours of massage I will need for my back if I actually complete this.
I just created a brief video earlier this afternoon once we connected everything. This is not a joke, but as soon as I stopped working, 2 eastern bluebirds came down to watch and check out possible nesting sites, a whole bunch of American Goldfinch perched around to watch, a red bellied woodpecker started squawking to get to the food, and of course the Cardinals just went right to the bird feeders. I didn’t notice them when I was working, but as soon as I stopped it appeared everyone wanted to come down from the trees and see what was going on.