Wanted-Articles or tips on Getting Started With Ponds

Discussion in 'Water Features' started by 4 seasons lawn&land, Mar 18, 2010.

  1. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Posts: 3,587

    I have a request for a good small starter job in the pond world. It will be bigger & better than a little pre-formed though. I just want some instalation articles or instruction from you guys on the basics. If anyone can offer me some info, that would be great!

    Thanks
     
  2. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,116

    IMO ponds should ALWAYS have:
    Bottom drains
    skimmers
    external pumps
    settlement chambers

    and should be a minimum of 4 feet deep

    at a minimum
     
  3. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,177

    Go to your Aquascape dealer and get one of thier build a pond DVD's and a pond builders bible. It gives you a good bases on what to do when you start building a pond. If they have any scheduled sign up for a build a pond day. Than build one in your yard or a friend/family's yard.
     
  4. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,216

    There are many DVDs and books available on the process of Pond building. The Pond builder's Bible, referred to by St. Louis Ponds, is the most detailed and thorough that I have seen.
     
  5. dweav44

    dweav44 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 51

    DVD's, Books??

    Why not search this forum and ask advice on here? I'm sure many people would love to help you with your design and installation.

    I would also recommend www.koiphen.com
    Yes it is about koi ponds, but there are thousands of helpful people on there.

    Daniel
     
  6. CJF

    CJF LawnSite Member
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  7. SWPONDBLDR

    SWPONDBLDR LawnSite Member
    Posts: 8

    THE R.I.S.E. Method book By Rick Bartel is a great book for new water feature installers
     
  8. jp14

    jp14 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 24

    While there is a wealth of information available on the net and in books/magazines, I would recommend a different approach. Seek out other installers in your area and discuss with them what their approach is, what works for them, what problems/challenges they have encountered and any tips they have that are specific to your market. You still need to do your homework on general installation knowledge but you also need to define your approach and style.

    If you are only going to build goldfish ponds then your approach is going to be totally different than a guy hoping to build high end koi ponds. That doesn't mean you can't start out building goldfish ponds and eventually move to koi ponds. I am just saying figure out what you want to do and learn everything you can about that approach and then apply that knowledge to improving/upgrading your installations.

    I will also be the dissenting voice when it comes to the info you find online. It all needs to be taken with a grain of salt since every person that installs a pond does it differently. We have no unified standards or installation guidelines in the waterscapes industry so any one of us can make the claim our way is "right". Again, seek out other knowledgeable installers and keep an open mind about what you hear/see/read and most of all, do your thinking for yourself instead of just listening to how "others" tell you to do installations.
     

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