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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: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
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Oberon46
Mar 16, 2014 12:36 PM CST

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"What a person needs in gardening is a cast iron back with a hinge in it" Charles Dudley Warner (spelling edited by Dinu lol)
Name: Toni Melvin
Sherwood Oregon (Zone 8a)
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Toni
Mar 16, 2014 5:23 PM CST
Absolutely gorgeous! I definitely would love to sit out there and enjoy Hurray!
Toni
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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 16, 2014 7:20 PM CST
Definitely lovely, and I'll bet Damien uses his putting green a lot more often now that it is a patio.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Karen Coffelt
Halifax, MA (Zone 7a)
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nutsfordaylily
Mar 16, 2014 11:02 PM CST
Marvelous! Hurray! Too bad you had to go through all that hassle the first time around. I would have been very tempted to take the first contractor to court.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
Garden Ideas: Level 2
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Oberon46
Mar 17, 2014 12:44 PM CST
No percentages in going legal. And they didn't break any laws, civil or criminal. I was just stupid and easily agreeable. I could list dozens of questions (and answers) that should have been posed before construction. Heck, before even looking for a contractor. There are other ponders here from whom I have learned the questions and variety of answers. Just as our gardens differ due to local and environment and personal preferences, ponds differ is what you CAN do and what you would like to do. I also believe that we could have 'done it ourselves' as several people here have. Bonnie is the pond builder par excellance! Just put her in a Kubota and she is off and digging. Rolling on the floor laughing

Thanks for all the great responses (even one acorn!! wahoooo, from a generous gardener. If no one has written a more formal article on preparing for a pond, then it would be a great article. Maybe a composite of many of our experiences that reflect, not just the cookie cutter articles online but the real life issues that each faced. It would include the decision to have pond plants and/or gold fish or koi. Thank You!
"What a person needs in gardening is a cast iron back with a hinge in it" Charles Dudley Warner (spelling edited by Dinu lol)
Name: Sharon Mc
Upstate SC (Zone 7b)
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SRMc207
Mar 22, 2014 5:27 AM CST
I love the contrast of the clipped lawn with the full flower beds. I'd like to have that too, but have sworn off the maintenance of turf, while I establish beds. I moved 3 years ago - gardeners should never move! I am so looking forward to finding the perfect spot for new plantings, and NOT have to develop a new bed for it. Love your space.
All gardeners live in beautiful places because they make them so.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
Garden Ideas: Level 2
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Oberon46
Mar 23, 2014 10:01 AM CST
Thanks a lot. I am still looking for areas to throw down even a fairly shallow raised bed. As long as there is any grass however I have to assure a path for the mower that won't drive my DH to rage. lol I am even thinking of using something for edging that will curve yet be tall enough to allow at least 6-8" of dirt. I will put down newspapers etc to kill the underlying grass before filling.
"What a person needs in gardening is a cast iron back with a hinge in it" Charles Dudley Warner (spelling edited by Dinu lol)

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