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Building Natural Ponds : Create a Clean, Algae-free Pond without Pumps, Filters, or Chemicals

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 185 x 229 x 15.24mm | 358.34g
  • Gabriola Island, Canada
  • English
  • 50 color photos, B&W illustrations
  • 0865718458
  • 9780865718456
  • 22,568

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Build a Natural Pond for Wildlife, Beauty and Quiet Contemplation



The most comprehensive book on designing and building natural ponds. A must-read for the garden enthusiast and designer.
-- DR. ROSS MARS, author, The Permaculture Transition Manual



I highly recommend this book to anyone considering adding water to their garden.
-- BRIAN MINTER, horticulturalist, gardening entrepreneur, co-owner of Minter Country Garden



TYPICAL BACKYARD PONDS are a complicated mess of pipes, pumps, filters, and 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 natur al 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, and adding 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.



Very thorough with guidance for every step from planning to digging to stocking with fish to planting to...well, everything you need to know.
-- LEE REICH, PhD, author, The Pruning Book and Weedless Gardening



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.
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Table of contents

Introduction



1. Understanding a Balanced Ecosystem


Oxygen Cycle


Nutrients


pH


Algae


Animals


Trees and Shrubs


Plants


Microbes


Maintaining Balance in the Ecosystem



2. Environmental Benefits


Pond Ecosystem


Breeding Site for Amphibians


Dragonflies and Mosquitoes


Birds and Mammals


Water Conservation


Environmental Awareness


Less Lawn


Permaculture Food Sources



3. Natural Looking Designs


Native Ponds


Man-made Ponds


How Natural Can You Get?


The Borrowed View


Enjoy the Pond


Stones, Stones, and More Stones


Plants Are Key


Your Final Design



4. Planning and Design


Location


Legal Issues


Access to Electrical Power


Size


Depth


Water Source


Bogs and Rain Gardens


Trees


Pond Liners


Human Access


Rocks


Shape of the Pond and Planting Shelves


Plants


Excavated Soil



5. Building


Site Evaluation


Soil Type


Installing a Preformed Pond


Flexible Pond Liners


Digging the Hole for a Flexible Liner


Preparing the Hole


Installing the Pond Liner


Footings for a Dock or Bridge


Adding Water


Protecting Planting Shelves


Stones for the Planting Shelf


Leveling the Pond Edge


Adding the Spillway


Allowing for Inflow


Edging the Pond


Adding the Finishing Touches



6. Fish


Fish Care


Hobby Fish


Game Fish



7. Plants


Planting


Fertilizing


Starting Small


Too Many Plants


Plant Pests and Diseases


Undesirable Pond Plants


Selection of Water Plants


Workhorse Water Plants



8. Maintenance and Troubleshooting


Don't Do These Things


Adding Water


Removing Organics


Winter Care


Pond Leaks



9. Large-scale Ponds


Special Pond Types


Regulations and Permits


Water Sources


Liner Options


General Construction Considerations


Aerators and Fountains


Constructing Dams


Designing the Inflow


Designing the Outflow


Plants


Eutrophication



10. Pools, Bogs, and Rain Gardens


Natural Swimming Pools


Bogs


Rain Gardens



References


Index


About the Author


A Note About the Publisher
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About Robert Pavlis

Robert Pavlis, a Master Gardener with 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 popular and well-respected speaker and teacher, Robert has published articles in Mother Earth News, Ontario Gardening magazine, a monthly Plant of the Month column for the Ontario Rock Garden Society website, and local newspapers. He is also the author of widely read blog GardenMyths.com, which explodes common gardening myths, and GardenFundamentals.com, which provides gardening and garden design information.
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