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Plan Well for Your First Pond or Plan on Redoing It the Following Year

By Oberon46
March 16, 2014

I imagine that some people build, or have built, ponds and get it right the first time. I suspect that most of us build one and then learn all about the issues we should have looked into before the big outlay. I had my entire back yard landscaped, including a 2800 gallon pond with waterfalls, with hardly a thought. Oh my, what a mistake. The following article shows the errors, the afterthoughts, the redux, and the final product. Still not perfect, but as good as could be done within the original parameters.

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Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Mar 15, 2014 7:08 PM CST
Oberon46 - Wow! That looks truly inviting. I enjoyed your article. I would REALLY love to see bigger photos. Is there a thread somewhere on ATP that you have posted these photos prior to this article or could you post them again here in this comments thread so that I can click on and enlarge them to get a better look at everything! I am truly fascinated by what you have done with your backyard! Absolutely gorgeous!

Thanks for a terrific article! Hurray!
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Oberon46
Mar 15, 2014 7:10 PM CST
You are very welcome. I am so glad people liked it. I have tons of pictures but will pick out the ones that really show the entire yard well. It is far from the gorgeous gardens many of our fellow gardeners have. I keep trying to emulate them and get better each year.
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Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Mar 15, 2014 7:13 PM CST
Mary - From the "smaller" photos in your article ... your pond/waterfall and garden areas look amazing! I just want to see more detail with larger photos! I, too, try to emulate what others have done that I really like! Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up
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Name: Mary Stella
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Oberon46
Mar 15, 2014 7:36 PM CST
Again, thanks. I don't think that we really see our own gardens as others do. I see the empty spaces, the less than successful plants. I tend to be too regimented. Need to just let out the wild side and the heck with tidy. lol
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Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Mar 15, 2014 7:38 PM CST
I've learned that lesson myself. I am slowly getting over the neat and tidy garden beds and now my plants seem to be responding well to allowing their wild side to develop and flourish! Plants DO know best! Hilarious! Thumbs up
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HollyAnnS
Mar 15, 2014 8:20 PM CST
Looks like a lovely setting and a beautiful pond.
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canadanna
Mar 15, 2014 8:35 PM CST
Thankyou for sharing the mistakes. I am sure that will help someone with this big project do it right the first time. Looks gorgeous!!
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Carolyn22
Mar 16, 2014 5:48 AM CST
Mary -

A great article and I agree with Anna - so good to share the mistakes as well. I know from experience that it can be awful when things go wrong with a pond. You were able to turn an awful situation into a glorious place for morning coffee or a good book.

You have created a beautiful yard - I would love to take a tour of your yard with you and a cup of coffee. Smiling

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SongofJoy
Mar 16, 2014 7:02 AM CST
beckygardener said:Oberon46 - Wow! That looks truly inviting. I enjoyed your article. I would REALLY love to see bigger photos. Is there a thread somewhere on ATP that you have posted these photos prior to this article or could you post them again here in this comments thread so that I can click on and enlarge them to get a better look at everything! I am truly fascinated by what you have done with your backyard! Absolutely gorgeous!

Thanks for a terrific article! Hurray!


There is a way to get photos to enlarge in an article but I always have to treemail Dave and ask him to do it. I think that's probably the only way that happens. Smiling
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Name: Mary Stella
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Oberon46
Mar 16, 2014 9:09 AM CST
Thank you all for your kind comments. And Carolyn, I feel the same. Would be wonderful to sit by the pond with coffee and just chat with you.

I will post pictures that can be enlarged of the entire yard. Really that corner is the bulk of the garden though. Well, mostly.
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vic
Mar 16, 2014 1:18 PM CST
Beautiful water garden and lovely yard - WOW!

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Toni
Mar 16, 2014 5:21 PM CST
Mary, what a wonderful article. I too tried to enlarge the beautiful photos, just to get a closer look. They are so interesting and inviting. I have been asking for a pond for years.... one day Lovey dubby
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nutsfordaylily
Mar 16, 2014 11:07 PM CST
I think it's absolutely wonderful! You're just not giving yourself enough credit for it. I think you gardens and pond outshine many that I've seen. I couldn't come close to having mine look that great, but then I have way to much to take care of.
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Calif_Sue
Mar 19, 2014 11:12 AM CST

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The final results are beautiful! Thank you for sharing your experience.
I had a small pond with a waterfall in my last garden in the city that my husband and brother-in-law built, we made it fairly deep to keep the racoons out but the herons visited too often and cleaned us out of koi. We opted for a few fancy gold fish and mosquito fish to keep things clean and had frogs lay eggs in it every year. We sure enjoyed it and considered another one here in the new garden but decided against attracting more wild life with our small dogs here. I do miss it though.
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Oberon46
Mar 19, 2014 12:11 PM CST
If you go to facebook I had posted more pictures there a few years ago, especially some of my favorite flowers. My only critter problems are moose and mice! lol Talk about extremes. And the little guys are the most destructive. I got rid of my bird feeders and all seeds as I think that is what attracted them.
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