Retention Pond Now Cleared out! What a Difference!

I recently did a post about the retention pond behind our house. Here is the link to read the first post with photos of before it was cleared.

In this post I want to share the after photos along with a before photo so you can appreciate the difference. I am not completely happy with it. But I guess this is all they are going to do. They did neglect to clear the fence completely of the invasive bittersweet vine. It will come back next year with a vengeance and mostly likely begin this year with new sprouts. Sigh! I hate this stuff. It takes over all plants, trees, bushes and chokes the life out of them as it spreads and grips onto them. So sad.

Here the men are clearing out the nasty vines and other shrubs that have taken over the pond. What a job! At least this time they learned their lesson not to go directly into the middle of the pond. See other post link above for those photos.

They went in and around the wet area to the sides that are high and dry. These three photos below show the tractor working along the insides of the pond while two other men are tackling the vicious vines from outside the fence. It took all day to complete this task. I was hoping they would come back to finish the other sides of the fence. No sign of them back there though.

Here is a before photo all lush and green with the invasive bittersweet vine.

Here is a photo after it was cleared (almost). They neglected to clear all of the bittersweet vines on all sides of the fence.

Well, until another year we are cleared. Now if we could only get them to work on the vines that are taking over our trees on the side of the house.

My husband and I worked on those vines from below in June. But we couldn’t reach the higher vines that are covering the trees. We have a lot of white spruce there that don’t stand a chance with all the vines covering them. Sigh! It makes me want to cry in frustration.

If you want to know more about bittersweet vines, here is a link.

I hope wherever you live you don’t have any of this vine lurking around your yard. Beware of it and don’t spread it. With its lovely yellow/orange berries birds are likely eating them and helping to spread the seeds. Yikes! It sounds like a horror movie isn’t he making – the Invasion of the Vines!

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About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 12 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 9 middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 3 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her children's book, Lamby the Lonely Lamby, won a Silver Medal in the Mom's Choice Awards. Book 1, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Honorable Mention from Readers' Favorite Book Awards. Book 2, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and so did Book 3, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Book 5, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost, and Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Davey & Derek Book 6, and Abby & Holly Books 1 & 2 all won Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards. Abby & Holly Book 1 School Dance won a Bronze Medal from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. Book 5 of Davey & Derek also won a Silver Medal from Authorsdb Cover Contest. Hunting Mariah and Mariah’s Revenge were Finalists in Authorsdb First Lines Contest, Book 4 of Davey & Derek Series was a Finalist in Red City Review and received a 5-Star Review from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on Book 4 of Abby & Holly series for girls and a Dragon series for young children. A YA fantasy series will be coming in 2020 and beyond along with more children's books. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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