# circulation, plant types

Discussion in 'Water Features' started by lawnMaster5000, Jun 15, 2001.

1. ### lawnMaster5000LawnSite Senior Memberfrom St. Louis MissouriMessages: 591

well i am kinda completely clueless when it comes to water gardens, i have been trying to catch-up on my reading in this forum, but i was wondering what are some recomended plants for around the garden (Missouri). I am going to be constrructing a small garden in my front lawn as advertising and just want to trry and make it look as nice and my budget can handle.

also how often should hte pump recirculate the water in the pond, i was thinking either a small fountain or waterfall.

if there are posts on this already - I am sorry just point me in the wrong direction.
---thanks much

2. ### SCLLawnSite Senior Memberfrom Northwest IllinoisMessages: 543

The experts can correct me if I'm wrong, but I think I read where it is best to circulate the total gallons of your pond once an hour. My question then is how do you determine the volume of your pond. I'm sure there's a formula but I havenj't seen it yet.

3. ### TheMomLawnSite MemberMessages: 66

For a basically round pond:

3.1417 x R² x D = Cubic Feet

(where R = radius and D = depth, in feet)

For one that is not so round:

L x W x D = Cubic Feet

(where L = length, W = width, D = depth, in feet)

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Cubic ft x 7.47 = Gallons

If you have an irregularly shaped pond, take 3 or 4 of each measurement and average them before plugging those values into the formula.

Hope this helps some.

Barbara

4. ### CSRA LandscapingLawnSite Bronze Memberfrom Beech Island, SCMessages: 1,232

Ho-lee cow! Who let the math teacher in?

5. ### TheMomLawnSite MemberMessages: 66

You did, as I recall! LOL! Just one of the many things that qualify me. For whatever.

TM

6. ### SCLLawnSite Senior Memberfrom Northwest IllinoisMessages: 543

I can't argue with the geometry but re you saying that there are 7.47 gallons of water to the square foot? This seems pretty high to me considering that the standard five gal. bucket is about a foot in circ. and two foot tall. But I've been wrong before, just ask my wife

7. ### TheMomLawnSite MemberMessages: 66

SCL,

I questioned that number myself at first, but remember it's not square footage you're dealing with, but CUBIC. A square foot is 144 sq in, but a cubic foot is 1728 cu in -- quite a difference.

Do the math for yourself.

Barbara

8. ### lawnMaster5000LawnSite Senior Memberfrom St. Louis MissouriMessages: 591

bought a book tonight, all the numbers are right, thanks for the help

9. ### TheMomLawnSite MemberMessages: 66

Scott,

You're welcome. (It's always satisfying to be vindicated!)

Barbara

10. ### SCLLawnSite Senior Memberfrom Northwest IllinoisMessages: 543

Not saying I didn't believe, but when I visualize a cubic foot I try to picture what would fit ina one foot plexiglas cube, Just seemed like alot to me. I'm with the cubic versus square thing, but with all the concurment I digress. Thanks all for the help and vindication is yours Barb:blush: