Pond Construction

Discussion in 'Water Features' started by jd boy, Oct 15, 2004.

  1. jd boy

    jd boy LawnSite Member
    from nw ohio
    Posts: 173

    My company only uses aquascape. My installers are comfortable with the product, and I think my customers will be hard pressed to find a better looking water feature than what they can install.

    It took us a while to figure out what things we could do to make our ponds look better than competition. Anyone can did a hole and throw rock in it. Be creative and place each rock, Never stack rock. After all you don't see that in nature, and that is your inspiration

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  2. stxkyboy

    stxkyboy LawnSite Member
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    I will respond how i respond to all of these types of waterfalls....the gravel "borders" look horrible, unnatural, and unnessecary. I dont understand why people install them that way and i dont understand how you sell customers on that. The gravel border is my largest complaint against waterfalls and i think that it seperates highend work from wanna-bes. In the end it does look like all you did was dig a hole and throw rock in it because while you may have placed the large rocks it then looks like you just got lazy and dumped a couple tons of gravel in to fill everything else up.
     
  3. jd boy

    jd boy LawnSite Member
    from nw ohio
    Posts: 173

    Firstly, in terms of high end work, there is no better construction method. What is your alternative? Any more boulders make things look messy and contribed.
    Also when the goundcover and plants mature the stone will be hidden and softned completing the entire landcape.
     
  4. stxkyboy

    stxkyboy LawnSite Member
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    Look at my other post in this heading ...third one down.....now i know its not the best pics or even that great of a waterfall but atleast we didnt use peagravel filler. It looks extremely tacky.
     
  5. jd boy

    jd boy LawnSite Member
    from nw ohio
    Posts: 173

    I guess we will have to agree to disagree. Personally, I can't imagine calling a stacked stone wall with one piece of flagstone for a sheet rock "high end."

    Really the only difference is rather than river stone you piled up tones of smaller rock. By using river stone & mulch around our water features we can tie it into the entire landscape. Other planting beds around the site we will incorporate alot of the same stone. Thus, creating an entire setting.

    To me, your looks like a rock slide & is unfinished. After all they call it river stone because that is where it comes from!
     
  6. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Posts: 2,702

    jd-

    I think those are real nice looking waterfalls/ponds. I DO think some plantings within the stone would help soften the look and make it look more natural.

    It doesn't look like "pea gravel" to me. Looks like, well, um..... RIVER ROCK?!?!
     
  7. jd boy

    jd boy LawnSite Member
    from nw ohio
    Posts: 173

    thanks for illustrating my point, mark. I need to get some pics now that they are planted. Some Jap. Garden Junipers & various perennials really helped soften and naturalize them.
     
  8. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Posts: 2,702

    you're welcome.

    OBTW, welcome to lawnsite!
     
  9. jd boy

    jd boy LawnSite Member
    from nw ohio
    Posts: 173

    ok-here is a pondless waterfall coming through a segmental wall.

    What is everyones feelings on this.

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  10. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Posts: 2,702

    call me easy, but I like that too! :)
     

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