a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Saturday, March 12, 2011

A New Take On Spring Cleaning

This is our pump house for the big spring At The Farm.
We have removed the winter protection for the pipes
and started clearing around the spring.
Two snakes lost their lives during this spring cleaning.
They had wintered under the tin over the insulated pipes.
Bev always says, you got to muddy things up to make them clear..
so we did.
We stopped the flow at the dam and started cleaning.
This backs up all the water in the spring
when we release, the water clears out any debris or mud
we have stirred up.
Blanket moss and water cress are removed from the main spring.
Son-in-law joins the work crew...Thanks, Luke!
The main  outlet to the spring pond is scooped out by hand
 and by tractor.
We remove the stoppage of water and let nature take its course.
We do this about twice a year
and our water stays crystal clear.


Nezzy said...

I could see SIL's pic and the video...is this not strange???

There is just nothin' like the cool clean water of a spring.

Have a terrific weekend sweet friend! :o)

Leontien said...

Fresh water always looks good!

Thank you so much for sharing

Dreaming said...

That looks like a lot of messy work...but the end result is sure worth it.

Gail said...

We only have to dig about every third year. Removing the grasses and water cress is twice a year.

allhorsestuff said...

Wow, impressive work done.
Can't say I'm too upset with 2 less snakes...sorry,I know they are beneficial.
I'm glad that your spring comes clean as we go into spring!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Aren't you lucky, getting to do spring things already! It will be a month or so before we feel the warmth of spring in NE Iowa.

DesertHen said...

Clean and clear!

Looks like spring has arrived for you, while we here are stuck in sprinter.

Queen-Size funny bone said...

with all that running water I had to run and use the ladies room... lol

LindaG said...

I envy you your springs.
Have a great week, Gail! :)

ellen abbott said...

I wish I had a live spring on my property, all 1/2 acre of it.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

"This backs up all the water in the spring
when we release, the water clears out any debris or mud
we have stirred up."

The process sounds sort of like a toilet. lol!

I always enjoy listening to your voice, Gail. It's very soothing. Even when you're talking about earthquakes. hehe!


Nora said...

Every time I look at your spring water, it makes me want to drink liters of it.

Pat said...

How blessed you are to have water on your land. That looks like a lot of work but well worth it!

Sue said...

I wish I could take a drink of that water!


dmraz said...

And that is some good water if I may so myself :) No fresher tasting water anywhere I've been...

Gail said...

Thanks for all the wonderful comments.
If you use no reply-comment blogger, I can not reply personally.

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