We knew this project was going to tear things up a bit so we postponed starting it until after our big fall events the past three weekends (the wedding, the Farm Fair and Cow Puja, and the Solar Tour.) That was a very good idea - our back yard is now a flattened, grassless roadway and there is a whole lot of bare earth and gigantic piles of brush.
Pollinator mix seeds to spread around the top and banks of the pond, containing grasses and prairie flowers native to this region of Minnesota and Iowa. It will be a tough challenge for them to compete with seedbank already in the disturbed soil.
First a landscape cloth barrier was rolled out in a wide path from the gate, past the cow fountain, between the two buildings and down to the gate to the upper and lower pastures.
We are forecast to get rain on Sunday--now I am eager to see what happens with the drainage and the pond level.