getting into water garden and pond installation

Discussion in 'Water Features' started by JTS lawn care, Aug 16, 2003.

  1. JTS lawn care

    JTS lawn care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 64

    i had wonted to get into water gardening and pond installation and was wondering how would i figure out how much to charge to do something like this. where would be a good place to learn more about water garden and pond installations.
  2. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Messages: 4,040

    Hi JTS,

    Review this thread.
  3. Phishook

    Phishook LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,143

    Aquascape Designs is a good place to start.

    Do a couple of classes.

    Then don't forget the 'Pond Builders Bible'.
  4. WeatherMan

    WeatherMan LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 692

    Build a pond for yourself then price form it Smart way
  5. GLAN

    GLAN Banned
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    Do your own first. Keep track of materials and time.

    Doing yours first lets you work out the kinks and now you have a picture of one that you did. Don't have to say it is your's or your first, only that it is the first picture you took of one you did.....;)
  6. The Lawn Boy Pro

    The Lawn Boy Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,217

    Ditto on what GLAN said, + you can use it as a "Test Ground" for different products and things like such.
  7. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,946

    I did 2 at our place to get the feel of it.

    Especially after all the hype about filters.

    But I did ours withour filters and found that the water stays crystal clear most of the year once its system gets balanced.

    Then in two books by two experts, they indicated that filters are not needed if fish will not be included.

    The home pond showed us how fast the pond plants cleared the water after it started to cloud a bit.

    Although that was the back pond. The front pond stayed clear continously for 2 years without any plants, and a couple of goldfish.

    A good mortar training area too.
  8. Green Gopher

    Green Gopher LawnSite Member
    Messages: 105


    Can you describe your filter less ponds? I am curious how that works.

    I use a under-gravel filter system I build from scratch that uses the surface area of the rocks and pea-gravel in both the stream bed and pond bottom to filter.

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