“That tree stump has got to go,” TJ says, annoyed.
The crew starts chipping away at it so they can remove it from the yard. On the bright side, all the dirt that came with it is going to be used to raise the ground where the waterfalls will go. “We’re turning an obstacle into an opportunity!”
Now it’s a lot of digging and heavy lifting until we break for lunch. “I am not a fan of olives, loud chewing, and drivers looking back to talk to passengers. I won’t be offended just please keep your eyes on the road,” TJ says with fake exasperation.
Now it’s back to work.
“We’ll be digging shelves into this pond for plants. Basically, think of it like a big stairstep downwards. We can put submerged plants on the bottom, shallower water plants on the shelves, and then some plants around the pond itself.”
But that’s not all they’ll be digging.
“We’re also going to dig some fish caves and tunnels. It gives more room for your fish without taking up your yard. Oh, and it’s great for protection from predators too, like the herons that come from the Chesapeake Bay area.”
After more digging and moving, day 1 is done, but day 2 is still to come.