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Luxury Liners

8-10 triplett artBy Eric Triplett

Just one question is covered in “Ask the Pond Digger” this time, in response to a gentleman who asked me to compare reinforced polyethylene (RPE) and ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) liners for use in ponds.  I get this one all the time, from do-it-yourselfers looking to save some money – and from professionals who

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Crime-Scene Ponds

0OpenerMost ponds are at the mercy of predators of one sort or another.  In Mike Gannon's experience, however, there are two usual suspects he knows he can ignore -- and a whole class of offenders who can't seem to resist stopping by to feast on fishy treats.

 

 

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Recent comments

  • Guest - Gail Russo

    I have experienced many predators, and I agree completely with Mike. I live in South Jersey, roughly 20 minutes away from the Delaware Bay. I have never had an egret visit my pond, but I have had raccoons, herons, osprey and kingfishers visit my pond. Raccoons eat my fish food, but never the fish....
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Key Conversations

8-10 triplett artBy Eric Triplett

As a professional, I’ve always seen myself as something of a calming influence – basically as an instructor who offers reassuring guidance.  I teach my staff, I teach my clients and their families and, through all of the videos I’ve made, I also like to think I help other pond professionals by giving them tools they can use to

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Think Food

Pond professionals have a unique opportunity to put food on their clients' tables, writes James Rakocy.  All it takes is opening up the design process to a discipline called 'aquaponics,' which puts fish to work in encouraging the growth of a range of water-loving edible plants.
Pond professionals have a unique opportunity to put food on their clients' tables, writes James Rakocy. All it takes is opening up the design process to a discipline called 'aquaponics,' which puts fish to work in encouraging the growth of a range of water-loving edible plants.
By James Rakocy

When I look at the average pond, I tend to perceive a range of missed opportunities.

I come from the world of aquaponics, where I’ve spent my career figuring out ways to integrate environments for fish and plants in ways that make both fins and leaves grow like crazy.  For the most part, I work on an industrial scale, designing facilities where huge populations of fish are grown as food and, nearby, huge

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Back to Basics

8-10 triplett artBy Eric Triplett

By early 2015, my folder of saved emails was stuffed with years’ worth of questions people wanted me to answer about either their ponds or, as frequently, ponds in general.  I decided at that time to answer a number of these inquiries in a video series I’ve called “Ask the Pond Digger.”

Most of the questions came from pond owners and do-it-yourselfers, but many others had come from

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Lofty Inspiration

When a client approaches a designer with something specific in mind, working out project parameters can be a challenge.  But in this case, writes Steve Sandalis, the homeowner offered guidance for a backyard pond that was more than welcomed -- and inspired indeed.
When a client approaches a designer with something specific in mind, working out project parameters can be a challenge. But in this case, writes Steve Sandalis, the homeowner offered guidance for a backyard pond that was more than welcomed -- and inspired indeed.
By Steve Sandalis

With some watershaping projects, homeowners enter the process with a very specific vision in mind.  This can, of course, be problematic if their thinking doesn’t align with the character of the site or the extent of the available budget.

With this project, however, the clients’ deep-seated desires were never an issue.  In fact, the space the clients envisioned had a source of inspiration so sublime – and the property was so well suited to the desired look – that there was no reason even to question how things would turn out.

The clients live in a large home in San Marino, Calif., just a couple blocks away from

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A Fresh Start

6-8 triplett video artBy Eric Triplett

As I’ve suggested a couple times in the brief texts that have introduced the videos in this series on the spring cleaning of ponds, the process we pursue at Pond Digger Waterscape Design & Construction (Yucaipa, Calif.) is filled with opportunities – for minor adjustments, for new additions or, in this particular case, for completely changing directions and rethinking which forms of wildlife should occupy the ecosystem.

Frankly, I doubt the

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Oxygen Rescues

0OpenerIn a well-balanced pond, the oxygen content of the water is seldom an issue.  But if things move off course, notes Mike Gannon, it's essential to find the cause -- and then apply one of three possible remedies tailored to the urgency of the need and the extent of the budget.

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A Watery Domain

It may have the look of a genuine French castle, writes Steve Sandalis, but the moat, pond and waterfall he installed here all belong to a California property -- and to owners who wanted to be involved in every aspect of the planting, from selection to fine details of placement.
It may have the look of a genuine French castle, writes Steve Sandalis, but the moat, pond and waterfall he installed here all belong to a California property -- and to owners who wanted to be involved in every aspect of the planting, from selection to fine details of placement.
By Steve Sandalis

With the huge pond and a moat that wraps itself around the house, it’s a variety of watershaping you’d ordinarily associate with a medieval French castle.  But actually, it’s part of a contemporary estate in Brentwood, Calif., in the backyard of a couple with an amazing desire for an aquatic kingdom they could call their own.

The couple had recently moved from the eastern United States and decided to take the fullest possible advantage of

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All Due Respect

5-4 triplett video artBy Eric Triplett

The way I see it, the substantial amount of time and energy involved in a good, annual pond cleaning is definitely well spent.

For one thing, it gives us at The Pond Digger Waterscape Design & Construction a chance to address any issues the homeowner may have noticed with the way the pond operates – everything from practical concerns about splashing in certain areas, for example, through to aesthetic

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Plant Practicalities

4-6 triplett video artBy Eric Triplett

On an emotional level, one of the toughest things to do in giving an ecosystem pond a good spring cleaning is thinning out the plants.

After all, these plants are a big part of the pond’s aesthetic appeal, and reducing them as dramatically as we usually do tends to set the watershape’s good looks back a notch or two.  But we do so knowing it’s a

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Happy, Healthy and Safe

3-16 gannon video artBy Mike Gannon

Koi ponds can be watershapes of great beauty in which sizeable populations of large, gorgeous fish thrive through the long lives these creatures often experience.  With the pond that appears at the start of the video linked below, however, there were key features that were missing from the existing pond that put the big fish at risk in a number of ways.

I don’t know the full history of the pond, but it’s clear it

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Precious Cargo

3-2 triplett video artBy Eric Triplett

Of all the tasks involved in giving a good-size pond a thorough spring cleaning, taking care of the fish is the biggest concern and, frankly, the riskiest part of the operation.

It’s not simply a matter of chasing them around the pond and cramming them into a net before unceremoniously dumping them in a garbage can:  If the job is approached with that cruel and misguided spirit, it’s fully possible that the fish and other aquatic wildlife will show their appreciation by

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