March 5th, 2015
It’s that time of year again where we perform annual spring cleanouts to get your backyard ecosystem on the right start for the new season. During a cleanout last week on a 50’ stream, we found some rare fauna that any water feature would be lucky to have. We found aquatic salamanders that live in the cracks and crevices of rocks and boulders in your water garden. These animals are notorious for requiring crystal clear water with little sedimentation, so they were really happy to see us! Not only did we see the adults and little ones, we found their eggs on the bottom of a boulder in the stream (we were very careful to put back the way we found it)! This observation speaks volumes to the natural ecosystem that is thriving in our client’s backyard. We did not seed the stream with salamanders; they came and reside there because it fits their particular needs. There are a lot of ecological components that have to establish before it is suitable for salamanders, so the amphibians are the icing on the cake of a healthy backyard habitat. That’s just the beginning, don’t be surprised to see birds, frogs, turtles, and insects, like dragonflies, draw to your pond like a magnet.
Another reason this is exciting besides the salamanders’ presence is how each backyard water feature works to replace a lost habitat from development. As homeowners decide to install a water garden in their yard, they work together collectively to make a real difference on the environment. So, give us a call for us to create your new aquatic ecosystem or to get your existing water garden a fresh start for the upcoming active season.