Moving to a new home with nothing but grass in the back yard, (having left our carefully cultivated, well-tended, critter-friendly garden behind), was disconcerting - especially with no budget for gardening. But after the first few weekends of having nothing but grass, fence and rooftops to gaze upon at the end of the work day, we decided to forego our upcoming anniversary "dinner and a movie", and spend the money on a small gardening project instead.
Our total cost was around $125.00 (including taxes and shipping charges where applicable), but it could have been done for less.
Solar pump with fountain $32.95
35 gallon plastic pond $32.75
(Both of these items were purchased via web stores)
Japanese willow tree 32.05
Annuals (48) $10.00
Mulch (5 bags) $15.00
The entire project took around 5 hours to complete - and we now have a small, bird and frog friendly habitat in our backyard!
The two up-close fountain photos were taken Jan 4, 2013.
Step 1: Choose the Right Spot
We chose the corner nearest our brick patio. Corners provide more protection from winds, this corner receives the most sun, and it is closest to the community birdhouse. (Make sure you don't have any underground lines you could disturb while digging!)