I know, me too. But there are a few reasons I (we, I kinda talked my boyfriend into it) decided to do it:
1- our hottub hasn't been run for a few years (we don't know how long, we just bought the place about 8 months ago, and the previous owner hasn't been very helpful). We don't know what's broken, what works, or even HOW to work it all. The most we've ever been able to figure out is how to set the timer on the waterfall, which is cool. And there's a big gaping hole in the bottom side where a light's supposed to go, but it's not wired up.
2- maintaining a hot tub so that it can be used at any moment is a p.i.t.a.- you constantly have to keep the temperature up, and treat it with lots of chemicals. This, I think, would have to be done every day, just so you could use it once.
3- we, but especially my boyfriend, are so busy with day-to-day things that we wouldn't probably have time to use it often. And, we both figure that right now, when comparing the enjoyment/maintenance of a fishpond to the enjoyment/maintenance of a hottub, the pond wins.
4- there's a community hottub and pool only a few doors down from us, that doesn't seem to get too much use.
5- I'm not doing anything irreversible to the hottub, so, if we ever want to change it back, and spend the money to get it fully functioning, we can.
So there's my reasoning for doing this. And I'm already really glad I did.
As for more plants, I'd like to turn those ledges into plant ledges, and I probably will buy some lillies and other things and pot them, but I don't know about the rocks. The ledges provide extra swimming room, and because it's small, I don't want to go too heavily planted. And I don't want to foul up the tub too much (in case we ever want to change it back).
Maybe I need to research what plants I can grow emersed (my favorite would be the lillies), but stay fairly small (the tub measures roughtly 8 x 7'). Wonder if I need Flourish...
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