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Build-a-Pond: Darien, CT

Discussion in 'Water Features' started by BSDeality, Jul 27, 2004.

  1. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    the only problems we had during the install were the non-stop rocks. we hit rocks everywhere, which is to be expected in the northeast.

    We also found a sprinkler line the wrong way. we just cut it back from the pond about 2' and left it plugged. time to call mister irrigation in.

    I really liked the way the day progressed, we were a little short on time at the end of the day because of the rocks and sprinkler, but the pond was "done" when we left. not bad for a 8-9 hour day. I can't wait to do one on my own.

  2. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Messages: 2,702

    Was this a class of some sort? I'd be interested in attending something like that. Alternative would be to put the money into my own and learn that way.

    Even with the chain gang there, that's still a lot of hand digging...
  3. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    it was a seminar. there were only 3 or 4 landscapers there. everyone else was a homeowner who wanted to learn how to do it themselves.

    The digging wasn't as bad as it looks like. the problem with using a machine is that you'll spend just as much time fixing the damage the macine does as with just doing it by hand. each shelf has to be cut out to 90-95* and nice and level all the way around. I suppose a dingo or similar might be alright to use, but a mini-ex would do more damage than good i think.
  4. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Messages: 2,702

    I think the only problem with a mini-ex is getting it to the site without damaging turf. That's ok though, getting off the subject.

    Can you forward anymore info on this seminar, or where I may be able to get similar info a little further north (NH). Thanks.
  5. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    it is a national franchise type thing i believe. my local mulch supplier put on the course.

    i can't seem to find my literature on it at the moment as a bomb seems to have gone off on my desk/room
  6. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Messages: 2,702

    I'll look around this area.

    Forward anything you find after search & rescue mission
  7. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,898

    Sounds like an Aquascapes "Build a Pond" seminar.

    While I can see the use for them from a procedure standpoint, I still don't like the look of the results.... But that's a whole 'nother topic too.

    Check with your local pond supplier. They may know of courses like these. ADI puts them on several times a year in several different locations.

  8. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    what didn't you like about the results? i'm certainly not saying it was teh best pond i've ever seen, but i think it looks good but that could be since i sweated during the install.

    i don't like the mulch and rock around the outside. and the homeowner requested not to plant anything, she would take care of it.
  9. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Messages: 3,256

    I thinks it's pretty cool to see something like that come together in one day.

    How many people were working on it?

    Obviously it will look better when it's completed by the homeowner, but like I said it looks pretty good for one day of work.

    Does the homeowner get some sort of break on price for allowing the seminar to take place on their lawn?

    So when are you doing your first solo one??? We want pics when you do.

    Thanks for sharing the pics.
  10. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    all together there were 10 or 11 people working on it. almost too many chefs in the kitchen after we got down 8" at the first tier. we also breaked a lot for instruction and theory, but it was done in 8-9 hours. Our instructor said it would be possible to do a similar pond in 8 hours with more plants with 4-5 guys.

    I'm not sure, but i greatly suspect the HO gets the pond for just a hair over cost.

    as for my first solo, just as soon as i can find someone who wants one in their yard.

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