Estimating a small pondless

Discussion in 'Water Features' started by Landscape Service, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. Landscape Service

    Landscape Service LawnSite Member
    from zone 5b
    Messages: 6

    The area I have to work with is 18' x 12', easily accessible. The questions I have are:

    Do you typically have to bring in extra soil for a pondless?

    How many man hours for a pondless with a 10-12' stream? Most information states it can be done in a day, but with how many people?

    Formulas for estimating rock for the fall alone?

    Thank You
  2. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,221

    You should not need additional soil.
    Total man/hours will depend on the reservoir size. I usually figure .6 man/hours per sq/ft assuming a 2 foot depth. Stream .3-.5 man/hours per foot.
    Depending on type of rock--1.0 to 1.5 tons.
  3. XStream Aquatics

    XStream Aquatics LawnSite Member
    Messages: 239

    Well I quess everybody has their own theroy. I don't dig by hand, we'll use a machine. I don't have time to wait on manual labor. With experience you can do 2 of these a day. Give yourself a couple days if you are a newby. How are you doing your reservoir? Are you using Aqua Blox, I highly suggest you do. Make sure your reservoir is big enough so when you turn on the falls it doesn't empty out the water in the reservoir.
  4. Iloveroses

    Iloveroses LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    machines could save you time and labour i guess. consider it.
  5. XStream Aquatics

    XStream Aquatics LawnSite Member
    Messages: 239

    especially if you have 4 or 5 lined up.

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