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    Koi Pond Design The Pond Digger - November 10, 2019 by admin

    Eco-System or Koi Pond or Water Garden Design, Which style pond construction is best for you, What style pond construction is best for Koi, and which style of pond construction is right for your budget?We take a unique approach to help our clients determine which water feature best fits into their lifestyle, landscape and personal goals.

    Our koi pond design approach is more like an interview process. We take pride and a great deal of time educating our clients on the different Koi pond construction technologies and philosophies available today. We cover energy efficiency, water conservation, pond maintenance, as well as the care of aquatic plants, Koi, goldfish and other pond fish.

    There are some distinct differences between the serious Koi pond enthusiast and a Koi lover just getting started in the wonderful hobby. The better you understand these differences, the easier it is to make sound decisions regarding your Koi ponds design and construction.

    There are 3 major fundamentals in the design of a DEDICATED KOI POND that all serious Koi enthusiasts will agree on and then debate FOREVER on how to accomplish.

    The 3 fundamentals are as follows and in order.

    These 3 fundamentals will be the foundation of your Koi pond design. From this foundation planning can begin. The ponds length, width and depth will determine the total gallons. From here we quickly move in the equipment selections determined from turnover rates for the pond matching pumps to speed limits of bottom drains, skimmers, UV filters, pre-filters, biological filters and on. Each ponds design is very subjective to the homeowners goals and is often influenced by the landscape and a budget.

    Still to this day, dedicated Koi ponds are being constructed with design philosophies that oppose the 3 fundamentals described above. The philosophies and theories of designing ponds for Koi unveiled over the last decade have been some of the most important; producing critical pieces to an extraordinary puzzle. Only in the last few years have some of the most important components to effectively accomplish these 3 fundamentals became readily available to contractors and retailers. If you are taking bids for construction of a dedicated Koi pond, be sure to weigh the philosophies we have outlined here against the technologies offered to you in your ponds design. Our construction team would love the opportunity to bid on you pond project. Please call us at 800-522-5043.

    Over the last fifteen years the ECO-SYSTEM POND has dominated the industry and swept across North America in a big way. The eco-system pond offers a simple approach to pond construction with five key elements and a little magic from Mother Nature. The 5 fundamentals not necessarily in order are: 1) A Biological Waterfall Filter 2) A Mechanical Pond Skimmer 3) Rocks & Gravel 4) Fish and 5) Aquatic Plants. This simple construction style approach has inspired contractors and do-it-yourself homeowners across the nation to add eco-system ponds into their lives and businesses!

    The eco-system pond can certainly be tagged as a WATER GARDEN; however, the eco-system pond that I speak of here breaks some rules of the conventional water garden! Many water gardens do not have rocks & gravel incorporated into their pond design or Koi fish for fear of harming water lilies, their most prized possession! More importantly, many water gardens do not have waterfalls! On the contrary, most ECO-SYSTEM ponds have fast moving water not conducive to the care of water lilies and 99.9% of eco-system ponds have waterfalls.

    My intention here is not to dig to deep into the differences between a DEDICATED KOI POND and a WATER GARDEN, but to identify that an ECO-SYSTEM POND or a HYBRID of technologies is a viable solution to meeting the goals and expectations of pond keepers.

    Let us offer 3 hybrid suggestions on how to bring a little Koi pond construction technology into the Eco-system pond world in order to make improvements in water quality, clarity and ultimately; the life expectancy of your Koi and other pond fish.

    I want to challenge eco-system pond owners that keep Koi to step up their game and make these 3 simple changes to their Koi ponds. The results will happier healthier Koi fish and ten times better water quality and clarity than ever experienced!

    Let us all learn from the great Koi pond construction debate on how to accomplish getting solids out of the pond, settling them and then nitrifying the water as it returns to the koi pond. The ongoing great debate on the best way to accomplish the 3 fundamentals of Koi pond construction is without a doubt the heart and soul of any Koi enthusiasts or serious pond diggers interest. This pertains to the care, maintenance, upkeep and total well being of Koi fish. In the last decade this ongoing koi care debate has turned out some serious technology that has yet to become common practice amongst the pond contractor community!

    As a matter of fact, what has been turned out and implemented in the last few years is more exciting than ever. You can expect an exponential growth rate in dedicated Koi pond construction and the hybridization of Eco-System Ponds within the next five years. The future of Koi pond construction is very exciting. We tip our hats to the pioneers that are helping to pave the way. As the latest and greatest ground breaking technologies become main stream and a systematic approach to education on the installation of a dedicated Koi pond construction, these new philosophies and technologies will without a doubt shape and mold the future of ALL pond being built. If you are looking to design and build a Koi pond from scratch or have a pond and considering upgrades, let us help you determine which technologies best fit you.

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    Brookside Landscape Design – Water Features & Garden Ponds … - November 10, 2019 by admin

    Brookside Landscape & Design is a leading landscaping company serving Silverdale WA, Gig Harbor WA, Bremerton WA, Poulsbo WA and the surrounding areas. Our quality landscape design services will bring out the best in your land. Whether you want to install new garden ponds or water features to enhance your landscape, we can provide you with the right solutions. Our environmentally aware landscape company works gently with the environment to mold and shape it to create stunning and beautiful results. We always strive to use the most sustainable practices in order to keep your landscape looking its very best.

    As a trusted local landscaper, Brookside Landscape & Design delivers an uncompromising standard of excellence for every property. Our landscapers have a combined 25 years of experience in the landscaping field. Using their unique talents and abilities, they are able to ensure outstanding results for your landscape.

    Water features bring a timeless serenity to any landscape and create a beautiful oasis where you can escape and relax. At Brookside Landscape & Design, we can install beautiful water features in your landscape to create the peaceful outdoor experience you have been dreaming of. From garden ponds to waterfalls and other water features, we can help you create the perfect look for your residential or commercial property.

    From new lawn installation to lawn renovation services, we do it all at Brookside Landscape & Design. We can enhance your existing lawn or place a new lawn while using our knowledge of the soils condition and other elements to ensure the best lawn installation.

    Contact Brookside Landscape for more information about our services by calling (360) 434-6102 today.

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    Brookside Landscape Design - Water Features & Garden Ponds ...

    Ponds Design and Install Home Builder Developer … - October 8, 2019 by admin

    Many of us dream of owning a luxurious fish pond or water garden. Perhaps a Koi pond, Goldfish pond or maybe a simple, low maintenance backyard water feature for aquatic gardening. Maybe you'd like atranquility pond where you cansit, relax and enjoy the calming sounds of the water.

    Most of us put it off. Theres the high cost of a professional installation, or the daunting task of planning, building, and installing a yard pond yourself. There could be heavy equipment and a lot of dirt, or picks and shovels and a lot of work. And then there's the liner, the pump, the filter, the fountains... What to buy, where to get it, and will it work?

    Today many of us live in densely populated urban areas, with only a small backyard, concrete patio, or a deck available to create our tranquility space.

    Many people move often and wouldn't want to leave their beautiful pond. Our pond kits can be disassembled easily for relocation! Even if you just want to move your pond to a different location in your yard.

    Read more from the original source:Kim's Ponds Above Ground Pond Kits

    I want to thank you for getting things organized as quickly as you did for us and for the follow up calls and site visits that allowed us to get this work done and meet our schedule dates for the road work. As well, your product knowledge and ability to provide the technical support when dealing with the consultants was a major help in getting the system approved and installed correctly.

    Bob T, Project Manager, MGP Construction Ltd.

    Not only was there a substantial cost savings realized by the client, there was also a benefit to the road structure as well. The original design road structure number was 3.780 and a calculated traffic (ESALs) of 2,147,000. The revised road structure number using the TX5 is 4.260 and a calculated traffic (ESALs) of 4,593,000.

    Jim B, C.E.T., Senior Project Manager, WSP Canada Inc.

    Nilex was an invaluable asset in the successful completion of the Troutbrooke Drive Slope Stabilization project in Toronto, by providing engineering assistance, installation training and continuous on and off site technical support.

    Terraprobe Engineering

    The CULTEC system was simple to install. We will be recommending, and looking forward to using the Cultec system for future projects.

    Kang Construction

    We love you guys for getting this project [Energy Environmental Experiential Learning (EEEL) Building Grounds] completed in the timelines required.

    S. Chan, EllisDon

    Read more from the original source:Containment | Geomembrane/ Liner Design & Install ...

    I want to thank you for getting things organized as quickly as you did for us and for the follow up calls and site visits that allowed us to get this work done and meet our schedule dates for the road work. As well, your product knowledge and ability to provide the technical support when dealing with the consultants was a major help in getting the system approved and installed correctly.

    Bob T, Project Manager, MGP Construction Ltd.

    Not only was there a substantial cost savings realized by the client, there was also a benefit to the road structure as well. The original design road structure number was 3.780 and a calculated traffic (ESALs) of 2,147,000. The revised road structure number using the TX5 is 4.260 and a calculated traffic (ESALs) of 4,593,000.

    Jim B, C.E.T., Senior Project Manager, WSP Canada Inc.

    Nilex was an invaluable asset in the successful completion of the Troutbrooke Drive Slope Stabilization project in Toronto, by providing engineering assistance, installation training and continuous on and off site technical support.

    Terraprobe Engineering

    The CULTEC system was simple to install. We will be recommending, and looking forward to using the Cultec system for future projects.

    Kang Construction

    We love you guys for getting this project [Energy Environmental Experiential Learning (EEEL) Building Grounds] completed in the timelines required.

    S. Chan, EllisDon

    Go here to see the original:Frac Water Ponds | Nilex | Geotextile Materials, Erosion ...

    Enhance your flower garden with a beautiful pond using the AB Courtyard Collection. With this flexible system you can build a pond in a weekend without any special tools and without splitting blocks.

    In this example we are building a 6 ft (1.8 m) diameter pond with a pre-formed liner (found at your local pond supply store) on soil. If you are constructing your pond on an exisiting concrete surface, skip to Step 4.

    Place a stake in the center of where you would like to build your pond. Measure the diameter of the pond liner, then mark on the string one half of the diameter. Tie the string to the stake and rotate it marking the ground for the liner. Temporarily place 30 AB York blocks along the outside of the circle marked on the ground. The amount of blocks needed is based on the pre fabricated liner that was used. Verify the liner size and adjust blocks as needed to fit the design. Use a shovel to cut around the blocks and mark where the sod and soil will be removed to construct the base.

    Remove the blocks used to layout the pond location. Then remove the sod and 3 in. (76 mm) of soil in the entire area. If your plans includes a decorative center sculpture or fountain it is recommended to remove additional soil in the center to construct a stronger base. If electricity is required please follow local electrical codes.

    Next prepare the foundation pad by placing 4 in. of well-graded base rock in the excavated area. Level the area making adjustments where needed. A straight 2x4 and a level make easy work of leveling the site. Compact the base rock with a hand tamper.

    Start building the pond using the string to position the blocks. Building two courses at a time will insure proper alignment. Check the blocks for level. Make adjustments to the circumference of the circle so that cutting is not required. Next add the third course of blocks.

    Place the pre-fabricated plastic liner in the ring of the blocks. Position the panel caps and glue them down with concrete adhesive. This will lock the blocks together and prevent unwanted disassembly.

    Place your choice of clean decorative rock in the bottom of the liner. Now you're ready to add water and other ornamental accessories to customize your design.

    Above Ground Pond

    This below ground pond will use 4 courses of AB York blocks, Wall Caps, a flexible pond liner, which can be found at a local pond supply store, and a fountain (optional).

    When completed the pond will be an outstanding element in your yard. The liner we are using will be placed on the outside of the blocks to allow the AB Courtyard blocks, decorative rock and fountain to be the main focal point.

    First, choose the location for your pond and place a stake in the center. Using a tape measure, mark 41 in. (1.04 m) on the string starting at the stake. Using paint and the string, mark a circle around the stake at the location of the pond.

    Temporarily place the AB York blocks along the inside of the circle marked on the ground. Each course of the pond will use 28 blocks to complete the circle. Adjust blocks as needed, making sure the blocks are tight together. Use a shovel to cut around the blocks and mark where the sod and soil will be removed.

    Remove the blocks used to mark the pond location. Next clear any existing landscaping in the entire area and dig a hole a minimum of 12 in. (300 mm) deep to accommodate the pond. Later, we will be using some of the removed material as backfill to add a gradual slope up to the ponds edge.

    In the bottom of the hole, dig a leveling trench 8 in. wide (200 mm) by 3 in. deep (75 mm) around the outside of the pond where the blocks will be placed.

    Leveling Pad

    Level Blocks

    If there will be a statue or fountain in the pond, dig a leveling trench for its location as well. Fill the leveling trench(s) with 3 in. (75 mm) of course sand. Compact the bottom of the pond and the sand leveling pad with a hand tamper.

    Use a level and a straight 2x4 to level the entire pond area from side to side. A level base will make it easy to install the rest of the pond. If electricity is required for a fountain, please follow local electrical codes.

    Temporarily place the first two courses of AB York blocks on the sand leveling pad. Building the first two courses at the same time ensures proper alignment. Level and adjust each block from side to side and front to back. Once the first two courses are in place. Use a level and a straight 2x4 to level the blocks from side to side across the pond.

    Before adding the liner, carefully remove all the AB York blocks. The blocks must be leveled before the liner is installed to prevent damage to the liner later. When installing the flexible liner, be sure to press the sides of the liner into the outside edges of the pond. Be careful not to step or stand on the sand leveling pad.

    With the liner in place, carefully replace the first 2 courses of blocks in the location of the leveling pad. To avoid damaging the liner later, make only minor adjustments if possible to re-level the blocks. With the first 2 courses complete and leveled, install the 3rd course.

    Modify block to make room for the power cord

    Install power cord and blocks

    With the 3 courses installed, fold the liner up over the top of the blocks. Using onsite soils, backfill around the outer edge of the liner up to the top of the blocks. Gently compact this soil to prevent settling of the soil later. Using a utility knife, trim the excess liner at the outer edge of the top of this 3rd course of blocks. Remember that the high water mark can not exceed the top of the cut of the liner. For deeper water levels, you must bury more courses.

    Install the last course of blocks. If the pond needs electricity, chip off the bottom edge of one block using a hammer and chisel to make room for the power cord. Follow individual manufacturers instructions on proper installation of any accessory you will be adding to the pond.

    Finish the pond with Wall Caps. Then secure in place with concrete adhesive.

    Its time to add the water, decorative rock, a sculpture/fountain or plantings. When using rock, we recommend rinsing the rock before placing in the pond for best results. Finish the landscaping around the pond with mulch and plantings and enjoy.

    Above Ground Pond

    See the original post here:How to Build a Pond - Allan Block

    We were so impressed and pleased with the manner in which Tim and his crew worked with us that I asked for an estimate for installation of a complex irrigation system for the plants on and around the water garden. The crew of PondMagic were a delight to work with. They were careful not to damage anything on our property while moving large boulders into place and they kept dust and dirt to a minimum and they left my backyard immaculately clean.

    ~ Chris Mackie, San Jose, CA

    There are mechanics that can give you a one size fits all solution. Then there are professionals who can help you expand your horizon as to what is possible. Then there are artists such as PondMagic, that provide you something you wished you had wanted but had no ability to imagine. We are ecstatic.

    ~ Jill & Dennis Hunter, Saratoga, CA

    We, the entire family, want to thank you for your Magic with PondMagic. You and your team have created a real heaven on earth for us. For 24 years and 10 months, we used to go out for a car ride in the late evening, listening to music as the day was winding down. Exactly three months ago, after water started flowing down the stream in our pond our evenings, early mornings and week end afternoons are all around the pond, not only for us but many friends as well.

    ~ Anand & Louisa Shah, Sunnyvale, CA

    My pond is beautiful, excellent workmanship just quality work. I could not be happier.

    ~ Annette Cone, Boulder Creek, CA

    It has changed an unused area of our yard into an area in which we delight in spending time. In summer we now eat one or two meals a day beside the pond. The sound of the waterfall, the flashing colors of the fish, the changing tapestry of the plants create a relaxing environment. It has exceeded our expectation.

    ~ Connie & Steve Zilles, Los Gatos, CA

    In this day it is rare that someone surprises me by exceeding my expectations and you did! I would be happy to recommend PondMagic to anyone.

    ~ Mark Calkins, Santa Cruz, CA

    As we enter our retirement years well be spending lots of time at home enjoying our new pond as the focal point in our back yard. It is our little piece of heaven on earth Once again we sincerely appreciate you and your team and we LOVE OUR POND !

    ~ Mary Olivas & Joe Miller, Pleasanton, CA

    I called one of Tims satisfied customers and couldnt understand why she was so ecstatic about her pond. Then we had ours put in and now I totally understand her excitement. We absolutely love it! Even my husband who was very hesitant in the beginning loves it! The birds love it too!

    ~ Terri & Ralph Silveira, Sunnyvale, CA

    Thank you and your team for the very exciting pond and stream you designed and built. The pond, waterfalls, and streams look good, sound great and most of all you did a great job of blending it into the rest of the landscape and format of the yard. The artistic flare and your design components truly have made this pond something we will enjoy for a long time to come.

    ~ Jill and Bob Ticknor, Santa Cruz, CA

    You captured our vision for the pond and surrounding landscape beautifully! Thank you for the extra effort you and your team put in to ensure we had the best possible pond and landscape for our yard. We will be sure to recommend you to everyone who wants such a project done in their yard.

    ~ David & Sue Michalicek, San Jose, CA

    Thank you so much for creating such a beautiful water feature. The pond and stream have transformed our back yard into a beautiful, tranquil retreat. It was built so it looks like a natural part of the landscape. It has been such a positive experience to work with all of you. We will definitely recommend PondMagic to others.

    ~ Frank and Carol Rossi, San Jose, CA

    On a score of 1 to 10, I rate PondMagic as a 15 on inspiration, design, quality and efficiency. Whole-heartedly I recommend PondMagic to fulfill not only your personal ideas but to create a vision in which you will delight daily.

    ~ Gloria Lorenzo, Santa Cruz, CA

    Just wanted to let you know how much we are enjoying our fabulous pond and waterfalls. Its a joy to sit in this beautiful area, like a vacation in our back yard! Our granddaughter just loves playing along the stream and feeding the fish. It is a wonderful experience with nature for a child and we look forward to when our infant granddaughter can also enjoy it.

    ~ Nancy McVay, Campbell, CA

    I enjoy the noise when I first get home, walking down the staircase. I enjoy the rock view while sitting in the lounge chairs on the deck. I enjoy watching the birds stop and drink from the pond. A most rewarding addition to the house.

    ~ John Ames, Aptos, CA

    One of the best things we have ever done is to have PondMagic design and build us an excellent water garden.

    ~ Rick & Tawni Santee, Watsonville, CA

    We would like to thank you again for creating our new pond in the Life Lab Garden Classroom. We are thrilled at how quickly and cleanly you were able to install this beautiful feature in the garden. Already it is the focal point we couldnt be happier!

    ~ Gail Thompson, Project Director, Life Lab Science Program, UCSC

    I am thoroughly pleased with the manner in which Pondmagic handled the job communication was excellent in all areas of the job, from the original bid to the conclusion. I am very happy with how my pond looks and sounds Tim and his crew did an awesome job with my pond and I would thoroughly recommend them to anyone looking for this service.

    ~ DebRenee H. Cooley, Los Gatos, CA

    Joann and I gladly take this opportunity to thank you for the wonderful water creation you built for us. Your sensitivity and artistry have made our pond a unique and beautiful experience the care and thought you took in designing the flow of water and placement of rock did not go unnoticed. Your team was a pleasure to work with, very thorough, and timely in getting the job done.

    ~ Tom and Joann Tucker, Pleasanton, CAM

    See the original post:Review Best Pond, Waterfall and Landscaping Design ...

    It should be blatantly obvious to you The Pond Digger Waterscape Design & Construction company is much more than just waterscaping or the enjoyment of ponds, backyard waterfalls and pondless waterfalls. We are about the information, education and inspiration of pond design, pond care, pond construction and training of how to build a pond properly!

    Some say rules are made to be broken, however breaking the rules in the management of pond water quality, the husbandry of Koi, and the basics of pond construction and pond design could spell disaster, wasted time and wasted money!

    Cutting edge photographers regularly challenge the conventional wisdom of placing objects into their photographs by a third and yet they occasionally capture something amazing and spontaneous that can hold your attention for a long period of time. However challenging the basic principles of pond design and pond construction like the improper placement of your skimmer, biological waterfall filter or incorrect pump sizing could make the difference between an absolute wonderful pond experience or a spine tingling waterscapes nightmare!

    HELPFUL HINT While we are the subject of photography let me pause and point something out When you are presented with a pond design portfolio of beautiful photographs including backyard waterfalls and ponds, there is a strong possibility you will be looking at pictures of somebody elses work! NO KIDDING! Manufacturers provide professional photos for beginner contractors to use on their websites, in their design portfolios and marketing materials!

    We see these photo scams ALL the time on pond construction websites and pond design portfolios, at home shows and market nights, on vehicle wraps and business cards, on brochures, flyers and more! Ask your pond designer if ALL the photos in their portfolio are pictures of their actual work and absolutely do not be afraid to ask if you can see some of the work in person.

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    Kim’s Ponds Above Ground Pond Kits - October 5, 2019 by admin

    Many of us dream of owning a luxurious fish pond or water garden. Perhaps a Koi pond, Goldfish pond or maybe a simple, low maintenance backyard water feature for aquatic gardening. Maybe you'd like atranquility pond where you cansit, relax and enjoy the calming sounds of the water.

    Most of us put it off. Theres the high cost of a professional installation, or the daunting task of planning, building, and installing a yard pond yourself. There could be heavy equipment and a lot of dirt, or picks and shovels and a lot of work. And then there's the liner, the pump, the filter, the fountains... What to buy, where to get it, and will it work?

    Today many of us live in densely populated urban areas, with only a small backyard, concrete patio, or a deck available to create our tranquility space.

    Many people move often and wouldn't want to leave their beautiful pond. Our pond kits can be disassembled easily for relocation! Even if you just want to move your pond to a different location in your yard.

    Read more from the original source:
    Kim's Ponds Above Ground Pond Kits

    Containment | Geomembrane/ Liner Design & Install … - March 29, 2019 by admin

    I want to thank you for getting things organized as quickly as you did for us and for the follow up calls and site visits that allowed us to get this work done and meet our schedule dates for the road work. As well, your product knowledge and ability to provide the technical support when dealing with the consultants was a major help in getting the system approved and installed correctly.

    Bob T, Project Manager, MGP Construction Ltd.

    Not only was there a substantial cost savings realized by the client, there was also a benefit to the road structure as well. The original design road structure number was 3.780 and a calculated traffic (ESALs) of 2,147,000. The revised road structure number using the TX5 is 4.260 and a calculated traffic (ESALs) of 4,593,000.

    Jim B, C.E.T., Senior Project Manager, WSP Canada Inc.

    Nilex was an invaluable asset in the successful completion of the Troutbrooke Drive Slope Stabilization project in Toronto, by providing engineering assistance, installation training and continuous on and off site technical support.

    Terraprobe Engineering

    The CULTEC system was simple to install. We will be recommending, and looking forward to using the Cultec system for future projects.

    Kang Construction

    We love you guys for getting this project [Energy Environmental Experiential Learning (EEEL) Building Grounds] completed in the timelines required.

    S. Chan, EllisDon

    Read more from the original source:
    Containment | Geomembrane/ Liner Design & Install ...

    Frac Water Ponds | Nilex | Geotextile Materials, Erosion … - February 17, 2019 by admin

    I want to thank you for getting things organized as quickly as you did for us and for the follow up calls and site visits that allowed us to get this work done and meet our schedule dates for the road work. As well, your product knowledge and ability to provide the technical support when dealing with the consultants was a major help in getting the system approved and installed correctly.

    Bob T, Project Manager, MGP Construction Ltd.

    Not only was there a substantial cost savings realized by the client, there was also a benefit to the road structure as well. The original design road structure number was 3.780 and a calculated traffic (ESALs) of 2,147,000. The revised road structure number using the TX5 is 4.260 and a calculated traffic (ESALs) of 4,593,000.

    Jim B, C.E.T., Senior Project Manager, WSP Canada Inc.

    Nilex was an invaluable asset in the successful completion of the Troutbrooke Drive Slope Stabilization project in Toronto, by providing engineering assistance, installation training and continuous on and off site technical support.

    Terraprobe Engineering

    The CULTEC system was simple to install. We will be recommending, and looking forward to using the Cultec system for future projects.

    Kang Construction

    We love you guys for getting this project [Energy Environmental Experiential Learning (EEEL) Building Grounds] completed in the timelines required.

    S. Chan, EllisDon

    Go here to see the original:
    Frac Water Ponds | Nilex | Geotextile Materials, Erosion ...

    How to Build a Pond – Allan Block - November 17, 2018 by admin

    Enhance your flower garden with a beautiful pond using the AB Courtyard Collection. With this flexible system you can build a pond in a weekend without any special tools and without splitting blocks.

    In this example we are building a 6 ft (1.8 m) diameter pond with a pre-formed liner (found at your local pond supply store) on soil. If you are constructing your pond on an exisiting concrete surface, skip to Step 4.

    Place a stake in the center of where you would like to build your pond. Measure the diameter of the pond liner, then mark on the string one half of the diameter. Tie the string to the stake and rotate it marking the ground for the liner. Temporarily place 30 AB York blocks along the outside of the circle marked on the ground. The amount of blocks needed is based on the pre fabricated liner that was used. Verify the liner size and adjust blocks as needed to fit the design. Use a shovel to cut around the blocks and mark where the sod and soil will be removed to construct the base.

    Remove the blocks used to layout the pond location. Then remove the sod and 3 in. (76 mm) of soil in the entire area. If your plans includes a decorative center sculpture or fountain it is recommended to remove additional soil in the center to construct a stronger base. If electricity is required please follow local electrical codes.

    Next prepare the foundation pad by placing 4 in. of well-graded base rock in the excavated area. Level the area making adjustments where needed. A straight 2x4 and a level make easy work of leveling the site. Compact the base rock with a hand tamper.

    Start building the pond using the string to position the blocks. Building two courses at a time will insure proper alignment. Check the blocks for level. Make adjustments to the circumference of the circle so that cutting is not required. Next add the third course of blocks.

    Place the pre-fabricated plastic liner in the ring of the blocks. Position the panel caps and glue them down with concrete adhesive. This will lock the blocks together and prevent unwanted disassembly.

    Place your choice of clean decorative rock in the bottom of the liner. Now you're ready to add water and other ornamental accessories to customize your design.

    Above Ground Pond

    This below ground pond will use 4 courses of AB York blocks, Wall Caps, a flexible pond liner, which can be found at a local pond supply store, and a fountain (optional).

    When completed the pond will be an outstanding element in your yard. The liner we are using will be placed on the outside of the blocks to allow the AB Courtyard blocks, decorative rock and fountain to be the main focal point.

    First, choose the location for your pond and place a stake in the center. Using a tape measure, mark 41 in. (1.04 m) on the string starting at the stake. Using paint and the string, mark a circle around the stake at the location of the pond.

    Temporarily place the AB York blocks along the inside of the circle marked on the ground. Each course of the pond will use 28 blocks to complete the circle. Adjust blocks as needed, making sure the blocks are tight together. Use a shovel to cut around the blocks and mark where the sod and soil will be removed.

    Remove the blocks used to mark the pond location. Next clear any existing landscaping in the entire area and dig a hole a minimum of 12 in. (300 mm) deep to accommodate the pond. Later, we will be using some of the removed material as backfill to add a gradual slope up to the ponds edge.

    In the bottom of the hole, dig a leveling trench 8 in. wide (200 mm) by 3 in. deep (75 mm) around the outside of the pond where the blocks will be placed.

    Leveling Pad

    Level Blocks

    If there will be a statue or fountain in the pond, dig a leveling trench for its location as well. Fill the leveling trench(s) with 3 in. (75 mm) of course sand. Compact the bottom of the pond and the sand leveling pad with a hand tamper.

    Use a level and a straight 2x4 to level the entire pond area from side to side. A level base will make it easy to install the rest of the pond. If electricity is required for a fountain, please follow local electrical codes.

    Temporarily place the first two courses of AB York blocks on the sand leveling pad. Building the first two courses at the same time ensures proper alignment. Level and adjust each block from side to side and front to back. Once the first two courses are in place. Use a level and a straight 2x4 to level the blocks from side to side across the pond.

    Before adding the liner, carefully remove all the AB York blocks. The blocks must be leveled before the liner is installed to prevent damage to the liner later. When installing the flexible liner, be sure to press the sides of the liner into the outside edges of the pond. Be careful not to step or stand on the sand leveling pad.

    With the liner in place, carefully replace the first 2 courses of blocks in the location of the leveling pad. To avoid damaging the liner later, make only minor adjustments if possible to re-level the blocks. With the first 2 courses complete and leveled, install the 3rd course.

    Modify block to make room for the power cord

    Install power cord and blocks

    With the 3 courses installed, fold the liner up over the top of the blocks. Using onsite soils, backfill around the outer edge of the liner up to the top of the blocks. Gently compact this soil to prevent settling of the soil later. Using a utility knife, trim the excess liner at the outer edge of the top of this 3rd course of blocks. Remember that the high water mark can not exceed the top of the cut of the liner. For deeper water levels, you must bury more courses.

    Install the last course of blocks. If the pond needs electricity, chip off the bottom edge of one block using a hammer and chisel to make room for the power cord. Follow individual manufacturers instructions on proper installation of any accessory you will be adding to the pond.

    Finish the pond with Wall Caps. Then secure in place with concrete adhesive.

    Its time to add the water, decorative rock, a sculpture/fountain or plantings. When using rock, we recommend rinsing the rock before placing in the pond for best results. Finish the landscaping around the pond with mulch and plantings and enjoy.

    Above Ground Pond

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    Review Best Pond, Waterfall and Landscaping Design … - September 21, 2018 by admin

    We were so impressed and pleased with the manner in which Tim and his crew worked with us that I asked for an estimate for installation of a complex irrigation system for the plants on and around the water garden. The crew of PondMagic were a delight to work with. They were careful not to damage anything on our property while moving large boulders into place and they kept dust and dirt to a minimum and they left my backyard immaculately clean.

    ~ Chris Mackie, San Jose, CA

    There are mechanics that can give you a one size fits all solution. Then there are professionals who can help you expand your horizon as to what is possible. Then there are artists such as PondMagic, that provide you something you wished you had wanted but had no ability to imagine. We are ecstatic.

    ~ Jill & Dennis Hunter, Saratoga, CA

    We, the entire family, want to thank you for your Magic with PondMagic. You and your team have created a real heaven on earth for us. For 24 years and 10 months, we used to go out for a car ride in the late evening, listening to music as the day was winding down. Exactly three months ago, after water started flowing down the stream in our pond our evenings, early mornings and week end afternoons are all around the pond, not only for us but many friends as well.

    ~ Anand & Louisa Shah, Sunnyvale, CA

    My pond is beautiful, excellent workmanship just quality work. I could not be happier.

    ~ Annette Cone, Boulder Creek, CA

    It has changed an unused area of our yard into an area in which we delight in spending time. In summer we now eat one or two meals a day beside the pond. The sound of the waterfall, the flashing colors of the fish, the changing tapestry of the plants create a relaxing environment. It has exceeded our expectation.

    ~ Connie & Steve Zilles, Los Gatos, CA

    In this day it is rare that someone surprises me by exceeding my expectations and you did! I would be happy to recommend PondMagic to anyone.

    ~ Mark Calkins, Santa Cruz, CA

    As we enter our retirement years well be spending lots of time at home enjoying our new pond as the focal point in our back yard. It is our little piece of heaven on earth Once again we sincerely appreciate you and your team and we LOVE OUR POND !

    ~ Mary Olivas & Joe Miller, Pleasanton, CA

    I called one of Tims satisfied customers and couldnt understand why she was so ecstatic about her pond. Then we had ours put in and now I totally understand her excitement. We absolutely love it! Even my husband who was very hesitant in the beginning loves it! The birds love it too!

    ~ Terri & Ralph Silveira, Sunnyvale, CA

    Thank you and your team for the very exciting pond and stream you designed and built. The pond, waterfalls, and streams look good, sound great and most of all you did a great job of blending it into the rest of the landscape and format of the yard. The artistic flare and your design components truly have made this pond something we will enjoy for a long time to come.

    ~ Jill and Bob Ticknor, Santa Cruz, CA

    You captured our vision for the pond and surrounding landscape beautifully! Thank you for the extra effort you and your team put in to ensure we had the best possible pond and landscape for our yard. We will be sure to recommend you to everyone who wants such a project done in their yard.

    ~ David & Sue Michalicek, San Jose, CA

    Thank you so much for creating such a beautiful water feature. The pond and stream have transformed our back yard into a beautiful, tranquil retreat. It was built so it looks like a natural part of the landscape. It has been such a positive experience to work with all of you. We will definitely recommend PondMagic to others.

    ~ Frank and Carol Rossi, San Jose, CA

    On a score of 1 to 10, I rate PondMagic as a 15 on inspiration, design, quality and efficiency. Whole-heartedly I recommend PondMagic to fulfill not only your personal ideas but to create a vision in which you will delight daily.

    ~ Gloria Lorenzo, Santa Cruz, CA

    Just wanted to let you know how much we are enjoying our fabulous pond and waterfalls. Its a joy to sit in this beautiful area, like a vacation in our back yard! Our granddaughter just loves playing along the stream and feeding the fish. It is a wonderful experience with nature for a child and we look forward to when our infant granddaughter can also enjoy it.

    ~ Nancy McVay, Campbell, CA

    I enjoy the noise when I first get home, walking down the staircase. I enjoy the rock view while sitting in the lounge chairs on the deck. I enjoy watching the birds stop and drink from the pond. A most rewarding addition to the house.

    ~ John Ames, Aptos, CA

    One of the best things we have ever done is to have PondMagic design and build us an excellent water garden.

    ~ Rick & Tawni Santee, Watsonville, CA

    We would like to thank you again for creating our new pond in the Life Lab Garden Classroom. We are thrilled at how quickly and cleanly you were able to install this beautiful feature in the garden. Already it is the focal point we couldnt be happier!

    ~ Gail Thompson, Project Director, Life Lab Science Program, UCSC

    I am thoroughly pleased with the manner in which Pondmagic handled the job communication was excellent in all areas of the job, from the original bid to the conclusion. I am very happy with how my pond looks and sounds Tim and his crew did an awesome job with my pond and I would thoroughly recommend them to anyone looking for this service.

    ~ DebRenee H. Cooley, Los Gatos, CA

    Joann and I gladly take this opportunity to thank you for the wonderful water creation you built for us. Your sensitivity and artistry have made our pond a unique and beautiful experience the care and thought you took in designing the flow of water and placement of rock did not go unnoticed. Your team was a pleasure to work with, very thorough, and timely in getting the job done.

    ~ Tom and Joann Tucker, Pleasanton, CAM

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    Pond Design Gone Wrong The Pond Digger - September 16, 2018 by admin

    It should be blatantly obvious to you The Pond Digger Waterscape Design & Construction company is much more than just waterscaping or the enjoyment of ponds, backyard waterfalls and pondless waterfalls. We are about the information, education and inspiration of pond design, pond care, pond construction and training of how to build a pond properly!

    Some say rules are made to be broken, however breaking the rules in the management of pond water quality, the husbandry of Koi, and the basics of pond construction and pond design could spell disaster, wasted time and wasted money!

    Cutting edge photographers regularly challenge the conventional wisdom of placing objects into their photographs by a third and yet they occasionally capture something amazing and spontaneous that can hold your attention for a long period of time. However challenging the basic principles of pond design and pond construction like the improper placement of your skimmer, biological waterfall filter or incorrect pump sizing could make the difference between an absolute wonderful pond experience or a spine tingling waterscapes nightmare!

    HELPFUL HINT While we are the subject of photography let me pause and point something out When you are presented with a pond design portfolio of beautiful photographs including backyard waterfalls and ponds, there is a strong possibility you will be looking at pictures of somebody elses work! NO KIDDING! Manufacturers provide professional photos for beginner contractors to use on their websites, in their design portfolios and marketing materials!

    We see these photo scams ALL the time on pond construction websites and pond design portfolios, at home shows and market nights, on vehicle wraps and business cards, on brochures, flyers and more! Ask your pond designer if ALL the photos in their portfolio are pictures of their actual work and absolutely do not be afraid to ask if you can see some of the work in person.

    Our team hosts several pond design construction seminars each year here in Southern California, that are geared to inform, educate and inspire our community. For example, Pond for Schools does more than just beautify our childrens schools; it teaches the next generation of the pond hobbyist and pond construction specialists, not only team work, but How To Build A Pond and properly care for a backyard waterfall and an ecosystem waterscape.

    We host Pond Construction Seminars regularly each year to teach both home owners and contractors how to build a pond, but more importantly pond design and pond care. Along with our Spring Pond Care, Fall Pond Care and Koi health and Disease seminars, we cover the full circle of educational seminars.

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    Garden Ponds Unlimited – Garden Ponds & Aquariums - September 5, 2018 by admin

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