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    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

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    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

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    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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    Pond.com – Complete Guide & Shop for Garden Ponds - August 1, 2018 by admin

    For literally thousands of years, ponds have been one of the signature features of the most elegant gardens in the world. While a pond is one of the defining elements of a garden that has been created with every attention given toward aesthetics, there are some significant engineering concerns involved where the installation and maintenance of a garden pond is concerned. This website provides extensive information on both the aesthetic and practical elements involved in the creation and maintenance of garden ponds and contains material which will prove useful to those who are just beginning their journey as a gardener as well as to those who are very experienced in the endeavor.

    A garden pond, when created correctly, can provide a touch of elegance that can last for literally generations. As is the case with any artistic endeavor, the means of creation dictates the success of the result.

    How to Build a PondIt takes more than a shovel to build a water pond! One must engage in some sophisticated planning, be certain that they have the right supplies on hand and that the area chosen is up to the task. One must have a good grasp of the various tasks involved to ensure that their creation is exactly what they had in mind.

    Fish PondThese are one of the most elegant and, frankly, one of the most enjoyable additions that anyone can make to their yard. Installing an outdoor pond allows one to keep fish in an environment which is as close as possible to their natural home and which allows for one to get truly creative with the design.

    Koi PondThese are one of the most impressive examples of the fish pond. They benefit from the presence of these large, beautiful animals. The fish themselves need special considerations paid to their care and the water must be properly filtered and circulated so that they can enjoy a healthy environment.

    Pond LinerOutdoor ponds would eventually be a dry hole without a liner! From concrete to rubber to more advanced plastics, there are an incredible amount of liner materials available on the market. Learn about the various liners available and how they can help one create the garden of one's dreams!

    Pond PlantsOutdoor ponds are an ecosystem in and of them self. Installing plants helps balance out this ecosystem. Even where fish are the principal feature, plants provide a place for them to hide, nourishment and a way to keep the environment clean of toxic wastes that build up.

    Pond AlgaeAll water ponds are susceptible to becoming infiltrated by this pesky plant but there are many ways in which a skillful owner can get rid of it for good and enjoy crystal clear water. From introducing competing plants to installing sophisticated UV filters, algae can be beaten but, if it's let go too long, one may be facing a long battle.

    Pond PumpA water pump is the heart of any backyard pond. These are the devices that power the filters, the waterfalls and fountains and which provide for the proper circulation of the water. Installing these devices properly is necessary to ensure that they function to their highest level of performance and to ensure that the water is kept healthy and safe.

    Pond FountainA fountain may seem like a complex addition but, between the many different variations available on the market and the surprisingly easy installation, it's a wonder that all garden ponds aren't supplied with one. They help add air to the water and add a touch of class. Fountains make a fantastic feature for all garden!

    Pond FilterProper filtration is an important requirement. These needs vary depending on what type of garden pond one has constructed. There are several different types of water filters on the market. Understanding the basic workings of these devices is an absolute necessity.

    Pond UV FilterOutdoor ponds may be an ancient and enduring symbol of an elegant home but new technology has been enlisted in the fight to keep the waters clean. UV filters destroy algae by attacking it right at the DNA, rendering it unable to multiply and gradually turning turbid waters into crystal clear habitats for plants and fish.

    Pond LightsJust because the sun has gone down doesn't mean that one can't enjoy their outdoor pond. In fact, with the right lighting setups can be even more beautiful in the night than they are in the day. From colored lights to floodlights to floating lights, backyard ponds can become a 24-hour destination.

    Pond SuppliesBackyard ponds require maintenance and that maintenance requires that one has the right materials on hand. Choosing the correct products is necessary and can be very enjoyable. Done correctly, one can spoil one's koi and one's plants with a clean and healthy environment and cut down on maintenance time.

    Pond WaterfallNo garden pond is complete without a waterfall. These easy to build features add a dimension of elegance and relaxation to your garden. The sound of the running water adds to the aesthetic value and the aeration these features provide is excellent for fish.

    Pond KitWant to install a water pond but don't know where to start? Kits provide an easy way to get going. These kits are the best way for beginner to get started. No matter what size or shape one has in mind, there is most certainly an appropriate kit available.

    Pond CalculatorsVarious calculators to make one's life easier. Calculators to calculate the volume of a pond, the size of liner required, a pump flow calculator and an electrical running cost calculator.

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    Ponds and Waterfalls Design and Install - July 15, 2018 by admin

    Let us create a little niche of nature in your home's landscape with a waterfall, stream, pond, or wall fountain. With today's technology and a clever design crafted just for your property, the soothing sounds of water and nature can literally be at your doorstep.

    Almost any size of home exterior can have a water feature incorporated into the landscape design. A well-designed pondless waterfall or wall fountain is a great choice for a property with limited land available. An awkward space is often the best place for a small water feature, turning an unused area into a beautiful focal point. Larger properties can include waterfalls, streams, and even ponds stocked with fish as part of their outdoor living area.

    Water features do not have to be high maintenance. With little effort, a pondless water feature can supply you with texture, natural sounds, and visual interest. Simple wall fountains, huge cascading waterfalls, and other pondless water features are other great low maintenance options. The water in these features essentially re-circulates.

    If you would like to hear the soothing sounds of nature, enhance your outdoor entertaining, and fill your space with a low-maintenance, one-of-a-kind landscaping element, talk to our pond design professional about adding a water feature to your landscape or garden design. Then, let the experienced landscapers at Upstream Waters Landscape build that design for you.

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    WATER FEATURE DESIGN SERVICES – Ponds/Streams & Garden … - June 25, 2018 by admin

    Serving:Walla Walla WA,Richland WA,Pasco WA,Kennewick WA,Tri Cities,Dayton WA,and College Place Washington.

    We are professional water feature contractors with 20 years of pond/stream and garden water feature design experience. We do construction in Walla Walla, WA and Tri Cities, Washington.

    Here at Ace Landscaping we take a great deal of pride, creating a peaceful haven for your back yard, with every custom water feature we design, build, and maintain. From large scale 1 to 2 acre pond, stream & waterfall projects, to smaller and more intimate water garden retreats.

    You may chose to install a core drilled basalt or rock fountain, with water cascading down the sides into a tranquil river rock filled pond; or maybe you prefer a low maintenance pondless water feature, with a natural informal stream trickling out of sight.

    We only use the most commercial grade quality components, that are available on the market today. Our landscape water feature specialist set the standard when it comes to high end custom work. There will be absolutely no corners cut.

    I personally design all of our custom water features, with your personal goals & ideas, combined with my over 20 years of experience to create for you the perfect backyard oasis of your dreams. I try hard to replicated what mother nature does so easily, using as much as possible, only the most natural products: native plantings, and boulders, that you would find by a trickling stream hidden deep in the mountains.

    Please call for your FREE estimate today; (509) 522-2081. I look forward to earning your business for years to come.

    Dean & Shari's pond and water features

    More of the 4-acre landscaped garden

    Ace Landscaping designed and built an approximately 4 acre garden for us several years ago. The garden has a water feature with waterfall, hills with rock features and trees/shrubs with an underground irrigation system.

    He understood what we were looking for, completed the job timely and has returned several times to replace or move shrubs.

    We have had Ace Landscaping return for other jobs also and are satisfied with his work.

    Sincerely,Dean & ShariWalla Walla

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    How to Build a Pond – Allan Block Wall Systems - September 25, 2017 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.

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