Beauty Without Breaking the Bank

June Markum's pond in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, is proof that completely changing your backyard doesn't have to cost a fortune. After seeing other ponds and attending several pond tours, June was inspired to bring this beauty to her own backyard. Through a friend, she met an elderly couple looking to give away their swimming-pool liner. June collected stone from friends who were more than happy to give her the unused rocks on their property. She did all the digging and moved all the rocks herself; it took 12 months. Surrounding the pond are hostas, spireas, and irises. In the end, the entire project cost her around $600, the price of a pump and filter.
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