Jennifer's Pond Rebuild
The Before Pictures
The Excavation
The Finished Pond
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Jennifer bought a house that had a "pond".  It was actually a 300
gallon stock tank, which the previous owners had set in the
ground.  When she called me, she had a dozen feeder goldfish,
that she was in the process of naming.  She didn't know a thing
about ponds, but she knew she didn't like the look of this one,
so she asked what I would do if it were me.  I proposed a bigger,
deeper pond, with a real waterfall - something that utilized the
entire space.  These pictures were taken after we started the
installation and don't show how the area was covered around the
entire perimeter of the stock tank with river rock.  I should have
taken a picture of the muck we found when we drained the
pond too!  Ah, hind sight is, after all, 20/20.
When we had this site J.U.L.I.E'd, we discovered that it had
every possible utility except a gas main running directly through
the middle of it!  The existing stock tank was actually set right
on top of the electrical line, so we had to do some imaginative
(and careful) digging in solid clay.
From this . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . to this!
They can now enjoy not only the sight, but the sound of the pond from the large deck.  Normally, we don't do landscaping,
unless it's replanting things we had to pull out to dig, but this was the last pond of the season, and everything was on sale, so we
planted it up with a variety of shade plants and spring bulbs.  And that was no wimpy waterfall!  (That bottom waterfall rock is
over 500 pounds.  Thanks Ted!!)
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38391- volivieri water flows over rock.wav
72722 - Manuel Calurano - Conversation
between a nightingale and a frog.mp3
Write me at:  pondgal@gridcom.net
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The ground was so hard that one day, we just filled the hole up
with water to soften up the clay and left.  It stayed full for two
days before finally draining, and then another week before it
was dry enough to dig again.  You can see the orange flags in
this picture.  One is up by the birch.  This pond was dug
entirely by hand.