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Broader Horizons

Asked to install a 1,200-foot-long steam/waterfall system for the final hole of a high-end golf course, Tim Krzeminski applied his consummate stream-crafting skill -- and what he learned in local hikes -- to produce a gorgeous water hazard any duffer would be happy to avoid.
Asked to install a 1,200-foot-long steam/waterfall system for the final hole of a high-end golf course, Tim Krzeminski applied his consummate stream-crafting skill -- and what he learned in local hikes -- to produce a gorgeous water hazard any duffer would be happy to avoid.
By Tim Krzeminski

When I started my pond company as a teenager in 2002, I had no clear idea how Laughing Waters (Palos Heights, Ill.) would evolve in subsequent years.  At the time my first article appeared in WaterShapes in 2007, I was basically a 22-year-old bundle of energy with more ambition than experience.

In the decade since then, our energy has become more focused, the company has grown to take on a full range of major residential and commercial projects and, with experience, our ambition has

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Pond-Leak Detectives

11-2 triplett video artBy Eric Triplett

Where I work in southern California, we’re accustomed to seeing changes in water level in our ponds:  The air is dry and the winds blow briskly, so evaporation is invariably a factor.  Before long, it becomes a familiar pattern, and we know that the pond owner or the auto-fill system will be replacing an inch or so of water every week.

But sometimes it becomes apparent that

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Themes, Anyone?

0He's a longtime believer in using naturalistic approaches in pond design and installation.  But lately, Mike Gannon has also spent some time questioning that foundation -- and wondering out loud if there might be value in looking at his design options in new and divergent ways.

 

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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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