THE UTAYS’ POND PICK:
Dickson Brothers Inc. for aquatic plants; dicksonbrothers.com.
One morning, Eddie, who retired from operating the Utay Jewelry Center in Preston Center, looked out the window and saw a heron peering into the oval-shaped pond. He researched the species and found that the bird doesn’t like Canada geese. Eddie went to Bass Pro Shop and plunked down $99 for a set of four imitation geese, which he installed in his bushes.
The couple enjoys watching opossums, squirrels and other wildlife, who are attracted to the water. One morning Eddie heard a splash and watched a baby bunny swim across the pond.
Cousin Henry Ashner, who Eddie says has an eclectic pond, supplied an artistic dragonfly displayed on the couple’s fence.
Eddie, who grew up on Northaven and graduated from Arthur Kramer Elementary, Ben Franklin Middle, Hillcrest High and the University of North Texas, savors detailing the pond’s upkeep. He recalls last fall when a blocked drain resulted in a fish kill.
Today, Eddie demonstrates how he cleans the filter daily and vacuums algae weekly. He hand-feeds and pets the koi. “Now that I’m retired, I’m out here every day monitoring the pond because it’s fun to do.”
The North Texas Water Garden Society is a nonprofit organization that meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Visit ntwgs.org. The annual tour of ponds supports its education fund. The society maintains the lily pond at Texas Discovery Gardens and the stream at the Dallas Zoo.