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Title:
Building natural ponds : create a clean, algae-free pond without pumps, filters, or chemicals / Robert Pavlis.
ISBN:
9780865718456
Publication Information:
Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada : New Society Publishers, 2017.
Physical Description:
xv, 159 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Contents:
Understanding a balanced ecosystem -- Environmental benefits -- Natural looking designs -- Planning and design -- Building -- Fish -- Plants -- Mainteneance and troubleshooting -- Large-scale ponds -- Pools, bogs, and rain gardens.
Abstract:
"Building Natural Ponds is the first book to walk through the steps required to design and build a natural pond without the need of pumps, filters, and nasty chemicals. Coverage includes pond ecosystems and natural algae control, planning, design, aesthetics, and siting, plus highly illustrated step-by-step construction guidance, plants and fish, maintenance and troubleshooting, and large ponds and pools." --Publisher.
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Build a natural pond for wildlife, beauty, and quiet contemplation

Typical backyard ponds are a complicated mess of pipes, pumps, filters, and nasty chemicals designed to adjust pH and keep algae at bay. Hardly the bucolic, natural ecosystem beloved by dragonflies, frogs, and songbirds.

The antidote is a natural pond, free of hassle, cost, and complexity and designed as a fully functional ecosystem, ideal for biodiversity, swimming, irrigation, and quiet contemplation.

Building Natural Ponds is the first step-by-step guide to designing and building natural ponds that use no pumps, filters, chemicals, or electricity and mimic native ponds in both aesthetics and functionality. Highly illustrated with how-to drawings and photographs, coverage includes:

Understanding pond ecosystems and natural algae control Planning, design, siting, and pond aesthetics Step-by-step guidance for construction, plants and fish, and maintenance and trouble shooting Scaling up to large ponds, pools, bogs, and rain gardens.

Whether you're a backyard gardener looking to add a small serene natural water feature or a homesteader with visions of a large pond for fish, swimming, and irrigation, Building Natural Ponds is the complete guide to building ponds in tune with nature, where plants, insects, and amphibians thrive in blissful serenity.

Robert Pavlis , a Master Gardener with over 40 years of gardening experience, is owner and developer of Aspen Grove Gardens, a six-acre botanical garden featuring over 2,500 varieties of plants. A well-respected speaker and teacher, Robert has published articles in Mother Earth News , Ontario Gardening magazine, the widely read blog GardenMyths.com, which explodes common gardening myths and gardening information site GardenFundamentals.com.


Author Notes

Robert Pavlis, a Master Gardener with over 40 years of gardening experience, is owner and developer of Aspen Grove Gardens, a six-acre botanical garden featuring over 2,500 varieties of plants. A well-respected speaker and teacher, Robert is the author of Garden Myths and the widely-read blog GardenMyths.com, and the gardening information site GardenFundamentals.com.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. xiii
1 Understanding a Balanced Ecosystemp. 1
Oxygen Cyclep. 2
Nutrientsp. 6
pHp. 9
Algaep. 9
Animalsp. 10
Trees and Shrubsp. 12
Plantsp. 12
Microbesp. 13
Maintaining Balance in the Ecosystemp. 15
2 Environmental Benefitsp. 17
Pond Ecosystemp. 17
Breeding Site for Amphibiansp. 18
Dragonflies and Mosquitoesp. 19
Birds and Mammalsp. 19
Water Conservationp. 20
Environmental Awarenessp. 21
Less Lawnp. 21
Permaculture Food Sourcesp. 21
3 Natural Looking Designsp. 23
Native Pondsp. 24
Man-made Pondsp. 28
How Natural Can You Get?p. 34
The Borrowed Viewp. 35
Enjoy the Pondp. 35
Stones, Stones, and More Stonesp. 36
Plants Are Keyp. 36
Your Final Designp. 38
4 Planning and Designp. 39
Locationp. 39
Legal Issuesp. 41
Access to Electrical Powerp. 41
Sizep. 42
Depthp. 44
Water Sourcep. 45
Bogs and Rain Gardensp. 45
Treesp. 46
Pond Linersp. 46
Human Accessp. 47
Rocksp. 50
Shape of the Pond and Planting Shelvesp. 50
Plantsp. 52
Excavated Soilp. 52
5 Buildingp. 55
Site Evaluationp. 55
Soil Typep. 58
Installing a Preformed Pondp. 58
Flexible Pond Linersp. 61
Digging the Hole for a Flexible Linerp. 63
Preparing the Holep. 67
Installing the Pond Linerp. 69
Footings for a Dock or Bridgep. 70
Adding Waterp. 72
Protecting Planting Shelvesp. 73
Stones for the Planting Shelfp. 74
Leveling the Pond Edgep. 76
Adding the Spillwayp. 77
Allowing for Inflowp. 78
Edging the Pondp. 78
Adding the Finishing Touchesp. 80
6 Fishp. 83
Fish Carep. 83
Hobby Fishp. 85
Game Fishp. 87
7 Plantsp. 91
Plantingp. 92
Fertilizingp. 93
Starting Smallp. 93
Too Many Plantsp. 94
Plant Pests and Diseasesp. 94
Undesirable Pond Plantsp. 94
Selection of Water Plantsp. 96
Workhorse Water Plantsp. 97
8 Maintenance and Troubleshootingp. 109
Don't Do These Thingsp. 109
Adding Waterp. 112
Removing Organicsp. 113
Winter Carep. 114
Pond Leaksp. 115
9 Large-scale Pondsp. 119
Special Pond Typesp. 119
Regulations and Permitsp. 123
Water Sourcesp. 125
Liner Optionsp. 126
General Construction Considerationsp. 127
Aerators and Fountainsp. 128
Constructing Damsp. 129
Designing the Inflowp. 131
Designing the Outflowp. 132
Plantsp. 134
Eutrophicationp. 135
10 Pools, Bogs, and Rain Gardensp. 137
Natural Swimming Poolsp. 137
Bogsp. 142
Rain Gardensp. 146
Referencesp. 149
Indexp. 151
About the Authorp. 157
A Note About the Publisherp. 160