Pond Photos from May 15th

Discussion in 'Water Features' started by CJF, May 16, 2010.

  1. CJF

    CJF LawnSite Member
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    Thsi season has been unseasonably chilly. Yesterday was
    our first nice day and I took some photos.
    I know you guys are professional pond builders and landscapers,
    we're just backyard hobbiests, enjoy gardening, and ponding,
    and the outdoor wildlife we attract.
    We haven't planted any pond plants yet, but plan on doing so
    in the coming week.



  2. CJF

    CJF LawnSite Member
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    Have any of you thought about posting videos of your ponds on utube?
    I got a flip -- 2 hour video recorder, and have been practicing taking videos.
    It's so user friendly and easy to upload to a website or to utube.
    I've done 5 pond videos so far.

    This I think would be a good selling tool for pond builders and landscapers.
    Perhaps you can get your former customers to agree to have you tape
    their established ponds.

    This is one I took today, for my gardening club.
    I wanted to show them the knock-out Roses.
    BTW...all the sounds you hear -- birds, running water, chimes, and splashing
    fish are the natural backyard sounds.

  3. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
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    A truly fantastic and beautiful garden. Definitely the fruit of much 'labor of love'. This is really how a Pond or Water Feature of any sort should look....part of an overall scheme.
    I guess the platinum Butterfly Koi got the critter that he was so diligently rooting for towards the end of the video.
    Really, really, REALLY beautiful and diversified habitat garden.
  4. CJF

    CJF LawnSite Member
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    Thanks Tadpole...I am attaching a link to a pond forum,
    where I posted a trick -- to clean out bottom drains that get clogged
    from koi digging in the pots and disposing the pebbles on the pond floor.

    I think you pond maintenance guys will find this interesting...


    BTW, I'll be posting more videos through out the season,
    If you hit subscribe (next to our names)
    you can get an email, every time I post a video.
  5. CedarStore

    CedarStore Inactive
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    Wow! this looks gorgeous! I love all the birdfeeders! Have you thought about a garden bridge?
  6. CJF

    CJF LawnSite Member
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    Thanks Cedar, but I don't like bridges, wishing wells, etc...
    too much for me.
  7. CJF

    CJF LawnSite Member
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    I do however like a dock next to the pond. When I designed this
    dock, the LOML made sure it was functional as well.

    Under the removeable
    top is the skimmer (that we only use in the Spring and Fall).

    this is from 2004


    here it is closed...

    this is it from 2003, I'll get a recent photo later.

  8. CJF

    CJF LawnSite Member
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    We cleaned out all the yellow flag iris is the dog leg section
    of the pond. (the iris to the left of the walking stick tree)
    now I can see the small waterfall in the biological pond from
    inside the house. :) We also trimmed the walking stick tree,
    the head guy went in the pond and fixed all the rocks, removed
    a lot of stones from the bottom and fixed the path alone side the
    dog leg.
    before pic


    the bio pond a 200 gallon pond located 18 feet
    away from the main pond. The water flows back and forth 24/7
    between the ponds via underground tubing.

    Here is todays video of the main pond...


    Last Sunday, the head groundskeeper around here was reading me an article
    from the Sunday paper about koi...It said -- if you put koi in a pond you must
    buy floating food, because koi are bottom feeders and the floating food
    will enable you to see the koi when they come up to grab the food...

    Here are our bottom feeders :laugh:

  9. CJF

    CJF LawnSite Member
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    This is the dog leg section of the pond. I took this video on June 1st.
    The dog leg was a 6' x 13' addition that we added to the pond in the Spring of 1998.
    Koi love to swim and this provides them the extra swimming
    area they love.

    The section where it it pieced, only drops down 1' -- the rest of the dog leg
    is about 2' and the section of the pond (that is the main section)
    is 3 1/2' deep.
    If the pieced section ever sprung a leak the water could only
    drop down 1'...thus the fish would be safe. We did this addition without
    removing the fish.

  10. JerseyGreen

    JerseyGreen LawnSite Member
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    beautiful, i love choice of plantings

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