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Some of the best books we've found about building a pond
A natural pond can be a thing of beauty, full of fish and surrounded by turtles and frogs, covered with delicate aquatic flowers and plants. Building a pond is not as difficult as you may think and there are a few step-by-step instructions to follow if you want to build a pond.
You don't need a lot of space to have a backyard pond in fact many people are able to create interesting water features in very small spaces and thanks to the new supply of inexpensive pond skimmers, filters and more efficient pumps and water conditioners it has made owning a pond easier than ever.

Earth Ponds
Pond Maker's Guide to Building, Maintenance and Restoration
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There is nothing like a pond! What else can simultaneously increase your aesthetic pleasure, offer recreational opportunities, help the environment, and increase the value of your land? This is the recognized standard on ponds, now expanded to include a comprehensive guide to living happily with your completed pond and keeping it perpetually healthy. Here is everything you need to know about planning, digging, sculpting, and maintaining your pond.

This book is a good start to building your own pond. I would suggest it as a inexpensive first step to pond building. What I learned in my experience was there is just too much to consider when you want a high quality pond. I used a professional biologist to design my pond and got terrific results. I was happy I knew the basics from this book so I could speak somewhat intelligently with the fishery biologist. After investing tens of thousands of dollars, I learned that the small amount I spent on this book and the professional advice was well worth it. I was so happy I got a nice clear fishing and swimming pond instead of a muddy mess or one that was weed infested.

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Landscaping Earth Ponds
The Complete Guide
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Review "A pond adds value to a property, but many books which extol its virtues are mysteriously silent on just how to install and landscape for maximum benefit - until Landscaping Earth Ponds: The Complete Guide. Tim Matson's proven methods and designs come from his background as an aquaculture consultant: he's been designing and restoring such ponds for over twenty-five years, and his tips update his prior Earth Ponds with new details on everything from assessing and maintaining water quality to considering types of fill and handling embankments. Color photos throughout enhance the presentation." - Bookwatch, August 2006

"Tim Watson draws upon more than 25 years of experience and expertise building ponds and developing wetlands in Landscaping Earth Ponds: The Complete Guide. Here is a informative, step-by-step, profusely illustrated reference for creating a more lively and beautifying diverse landscapes and home-area garden areas with ponds. Providing "user friendly" information on how ponds work to enhance a landscape, create recreational opportunities, help the environment, and increase property values, Landscaping Earth Ponds offers a complete and readily accessible account of a variety of methods and techniques to employ in the creation of a pond. An important addition to any personal, professional, or community library reference collection, Landscaping Earth Ponds is very strongly recommended for anyone searching for an all-inclusive instructional guide to pond building and encouraging natural beauty through the development of a customized pond appropriate to the rest of the landscaping environment. - Midwest Book Review, July 2006
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Earth Ponds Sourcebook
The Pond Owner's Manual and Resource Guide, Second Edition
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Matson designed this book to serve as a companion to his Earth Ponds: The Country Pond Maker's Guide to Building, Maintenance and Restoration (Countryman, 1991) by exploring new topics in depth and providing additional bibliographies and lists of suppliers. Topics include pond building and maintenance, activities and uses (including ice skating, fishing, beach building, hydro power, and pond-side structures), ways to attract wildlife and control pests, and small water-lily or goldfish ponds. Resource lists provide addresses and phone numbers, with occasional annotations. Matson balances his enthusiasm for ponds with frequent warnings about legal, structural, and ecological pitfalls?information that may well save readers from costly mistakes.

"Tim Watson draws upon more than 25 years of experience and expertise building ponds and developing wetlands in Landscaping Earth Ponds: The Complete Guide. Here is a informative, step-by-step, profusely illustrated reference for creating a more lively and beautifying diverse landscapes and home-area garden areas with ponds. Providing "user friendly" information on how ponds work to enhance a landscape, create recreational opportunities, help the environment, and increase property values, Landscaping Earth Ponds offers a complete and readily accessible account of a variety of methods and techniques to employ in the creation of a pond. An important addition to any personal, professional, or community library reference collection, Landscaping Earth Ponds is very strongly recommended for anyone searching for an all-inclusive instructional guide to pond building and encouraging natural beauty through the development of a customized pond appropriate to the rest of the landscaping environment. - Midwest Book Review, July 2006
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Earth Ponds A to Z
An Illustrated Encyclopedia
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From the author of Earth Ponds, the definitive reference guide to constructed earth ponds. This A-Z guide provides pond owners and builders with an at-a-glance reference to answer any question. From Acid Rain to Zooplankton, pond guru Tim

Matson defines and explains more than two hundred terms associated with pond building and maintenance, both familiar and obscure. Here the reader will find descriptions and definitions of all significant pond elements, including:
• structural features
• construction materials
• water conditions and treatments
• aquacultural topics and crops
• environmental concerns
• government support and regulatory agencies
• landscaping

More than two hundred illustrated entries distill the latest information on ponds into a unique and definitive companion for pond owners and builders.
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Lake and Pond Management Guidebook
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The Lake and Pond Management Guidebook is the successor to the bestselling Lake Smarts: The First Lake Maintenance Handbook, the "bible" for small-scale lake and pond improvements, published by the Terrene Institute in 1993. Completely revised and updated, now published by Lewis Publishers, this guidebook contains over 300 ideas and projects including step-by-step practical, low-cost solutions to a wide range of problems that lake management professionals face everyday. Coverage includes shoreland buffer installation, fisheries management, reducing nuisance algal growth, controlling exotic aquatic plants, lakeside wastewater treatment systems, small scale dredging, and more.

Absolutely the last word in pond or small lake creation and maintenance. For both the amateur and professional.
Well worth the steep price.


Lake and Pond Management by Steve McComas is an excellent reference for cooperative extension advisors, soil and water conservation district staff, lake association representatives, and other watershed managers. Licensed commercial pesticide applicators who are considering broadening their credentials to the aquatic pest control category would also find this Guidebook a valuable addition to their reference libraries. As a retired university farm advisor and riverfront landowner, I found this book highly educational - and well worth the price.

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Natural Swimming Pools:

Inspiration For Harmony With Nature (Schiffer Design Book)
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Natural swimming pools rely on the correct balance of living plants and micro-organisms to clean and purify the water. They are easy and less costly to maintain than chemical pools. Chlorine and other common pool chemicals that are hazardous to human health are not used. Natural pools are safe places for children to play and birds to drink, and are a dramatic example of ecological design, combining the natural and man-made worlds while creating beauty. These pools offer enjoyment not only in the warm months, but during winter, when they can be used for ice skating.

Often the focal point of a garden, a natural swimming pool blends into the environment, flowing into the surroundings with plants and rocks. It reflects the changing seasons and enhances the environment naturally. This book is a necessary resource for people who consider a natural swimming pool.

It shows how the natural system works to provide environmental, health, and safety benefits. Drawings, diagrams, and charts help explain their planning, design, biology, materials, construction, planting, and maintenance. Over 300 beautiful color photographs of natural pools will inspire your own water garden, where you can swim in harmony with nature.
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The Water Gardener's Bible: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building, Planting, Stocking, and Maintaining a Backyard Water Garden

Whether it is a small container of water on a deck or patio serving as home to a few plants and water creatures or a more elaborate mix of waterfalls, fountains, rockwork, and lighting, the water garden can be a lovely, spirit-soothing addition to one s property a place to unwind, relax, and escape the cares of the world. But while water has been a prominent feature in garden designs for thousands of years, it is only recently with the availability of preformed kits at the local home improvement center that installing a beautiful water garden has become a feasible undertaking for the average homeowner. And now, with the extremely clear and complete instructions in this practical, hands-on guide, a backyard water garden is easier than ever to build and maintain. This is a true bible on the subject with comprehensive information on everything from choosing the right site and selecting aquatic plants and fish to pond management and problem solving. The pages are crammed with specifics about pond biology and chemistry, beneficial bacteria, fish health, nuisance algae, and electrical and child safety all that is necessary to duplicate the sights, sounds, and sanctuary of a babbling brook, splashing fountain, or cascading waterfall right in the backyard.

 

The Complete Guide to Water Gardens, Ponds & Fountains

An updated, expanded edition of Creative Homeowner's comprehensive guide to water gardens, Complete Guide to Water Gardens, Ponds & Fountains provides essential information on designing and installing all types of home water gardens, from naturalistic to formal, plus fountains, waterfalls, streams, and bog gardens. Readers will learn how to construct each of these structures, as well as how to design bridges and stepping-stones. Special sections on aquatic plants, fish, and other pond inhabitants bring life to these essential garden features. Beautifully illustrated with dozens of inspiring landscape photographs, plus step-by-step sequences and instructions, the book shows readers all they need to know to create and maintain the water garden of their dreams.

 

The Rock & Water Garden Expert

The first easy-to-follow guide to achieving beautiful results with these fascinating garden features. Containing the most up-to-date, sound and practical advice, it will teach you how to build or improve a rockery, make a scree or sink garden, and choose the right plants to liven up your patio or backyard, with a special A-Z feature of rock garden plants. You'll also learn about water, water features, lighting, aquatic plants and fish. Complete with full-color charts and photographs.

 

The Water Garden

Well-known author Leslie Geddes-Brown traces the history of the decorative use of water in the garden, from the tinkling fountains of ancient Persian enclosures to the most avant-garde creations by twenty-first century designers. Thematic chapters present water gardens of all types, from Islamic and Oriental to romantic and formal, and from landscape gardens to town gardens. The book includes the work of such celebrated designers as Harold Peto, Geoffrey Jellicoe, Helen Dillon and Derek Jarman, and such revered gardens as Stourhead, Giverny and the Villa d Este. Each chapter begins with a brief introduction followed by three or four beautifully illustrated features on specific gardens around the globe. The book concludes with an international plant directory, a guide to water gardens open to the public and full contact details of all the contemporary designers featured, making this an essential, inspirational reference for garden lovers everywhere.

 

Easy-Care Water Garden Plants (Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-236)

Water gardens are often the most beautiful gardens around any home. The blending of water and earth creates a harmonious balance that relaxes the body and mind as it inspires the soul. Yet water gardens can be intimidating, too. At first glance they may seem to be complicated places filled with unfamiliar plants with unusual needs. Happily, aquatic plants can be simpler to care for than they first appear. This bulletin tells you everything you need to know to select and care for water plants with minimum fuss and maintenance. Whether you want delicate floating plants, exotic water lilies, or carnivorous bog dwellers, you'll find here suitable choices for your taste and climate conditions. The beautiful yet undemanding aquatic plants featured in this bulletin are sure to brighten your spirits as well as your garden for years to come.

 

Better Homes and Gardens Water Gardens: Pools, Streams and Fountains (Better Homes & Gardens Gardening)

This complete illustrated guide to water gardens will help anyone create a beautiful backyard.

Water Gardens: Pools, Streams & Fountains Is A Better Homes And Gardens how-to manual packed with all the reader needs to know about adding a water feature to one's garden. Chapters cover how to design and plan a water feature, including choosing the right materials and arranging a proper water source, electrical source, and usage of pumps; constructing an indoor or outdoor water garden; enhancing a water garden with seating, paths, decks, lighting, or other features; maintaining a water garden; ideal plants and animals for a water garden, and much more. Methodical instructions and full-color photographs on every page make Water Gardens simplicity itself to use. Highly recommended for anyone interested in adding a water garden to their home.

 

The Water Gardener's Bible: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building, Planting, Stocking, and Maintaining a Backyard Water Garden

Whether it is a small container of water on a deck or patio serving as home to a few plants and water creatures or a more elaborate mix of waterfalls, fountains, rockwork, and lighting, the water garden can be a lovely, spirit-soothing addition to one s property a place to unwind, relax, and escape the cares of the world. But while water has been a prominent feature in garden designs for thousands of years, it is only recently with the availability of preformed kits at the local home improvement center that installing a beautiful water garden has become a feasible undertaking for the average homeowner. And now, with the extremely clear and complete instructions in this practical, hands-on guide, a backyard water garden is easier than ever to build and maintain. This is a true bible on the subject with comprehensive information on everything from choosing the right site and selecting aquatic plants and fish to pond management and problem solving. The pages are crammed with specifics about pond biology and chemistry, beneficial bacteria, fish health, nuisance algae, and electrical and child safety all that is necessary to duplicate the sights, sounds, and sanctuary of a babbling brook, splashing fountain, or cascading waterfall right in the backyard.

 

The Complete Book of the Water Garden

Expertly written and illustrated throughout with color photos and helpful diagrams, this guide describes both traditional and modern techniques for creating a water garden. From streams, waterfalls, and fountains to self-contained features and bog gardens, every form receives in-depth coverage that is easy-to-follow. There are suggestions for siting, design, and construction; detailed assistance on stocking ponds and pools with fish and flowers; and invaluable advice on plant propagation, care, maintenance, and common problems. An extensive directory of aquatic plants covers such favorites as water lilies; floating plants (among them the beautiful, delicate water hyacinth); and many more.

 

Design Your Own Pond and Water Garden (Robbie Readers) (Gardening for Kids)

People all around the world enjoy the hobby of gardening. They love planting tiny seeds in the soil and watching them sprout into mature plants. Gardening isn t just for adults, however. Kids can plan, create, and maintain their own gardens, too. Gardening for Kids is rich with ideas and instructions for making water gardens, flower gardens, vegetable gardens, perennial gardens, butterfly gardens, and landscape designs. Everyone loves a garden filled with bright colors, soft textures, and lovely smells. Add a little water to the mix and you have the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the best of nature. Relaxing by your water garden is the end of a long but rewarding process. Follow these step-by-step instructions for finding the best spot in your yard for a healthy water garden, designing and digging it, choosing water flowers, and adding fish. You can even build a toad house to attract wild visitors to your backyard. When all the designing, digging, lining, planting and stocking is done, you can sit in your own private oasis and enjoy nature s gorgeous bounty. Color, movement, scent it all adds up to life!

 

The Water Garden: Styles, Designs, and Visions

Throughout history, water has been a versatile and vital resource for the garden. It was the essential element in the earliest gardens of the and Near East. And today water provides settings and opportunities for an exciting combination of plants and architectural ornament. This volume, with specially commissioned photography by Hugh Palmer, illustrates and discusses both grand and modest water gardens to be found throughout the world, including the Islamic masterpieces of Granada and Kashmir and the gardens of Kyoto in Japan. In Europe and America all the principal schools of garden design - Mannerist, Classical and Landscape invite the reader to share their delights. The ingenuity of the Italian garden is captured in stunning views, as are the grand vistas of Versailles, English landscaping, the smaller-scale pleasures of stream and pond gardens, and the finest gardens and designs by Roberto Burle Marx. Details and close-ups are included throughout, as are examples of the variety of water features that have embellished gardens. A section on arrangements to suit modern gardens, and listings of major water gardens worldwide complete the book. "The Water Garden" is not only a work to stimulate the gardener but also a sumptuous tribute to a great tradition which unites some of the most lavish and beautiful garden schemes ever devised. George Plumptre is a writer, joumalist and garden specialist. His many works include "Garden Ornament" (Thames and Hudson, 1989). Hugh Palmer has contributed photographs to numerous books, including "Garden Ornament, Trellis" (1991) and "The Formal Garden" (1992), all from Thames and Hudson.

 

Water Gardens & Natural Pools: Design & Construction

Pages: 157, Hardcover, Schiffer Publishing

 

Complete Guide to Water Gardens: Ponds, Fountains, Waterfalls, Streams

Complete Guide to Water Gardens is a comprehensive guide to designing and installing all types of home water gardens, from naturalistic to formal. Readers will learn about site selection and construction materials and methods. They will receive information on pumps, filters, lighting, and other accessories. The book also explains how to install streams, waterfalls, fountains, and statues, as well as how to design bridges and stepping-stones. Complete Guide to Water Gardens also includes information on maintaining water quality and selecting fish and plants. Beautifully illustrated, including step-by-step sequences and instructions, this book shows readers all they need to know in order to create and maintain the water garden of their dreams.

 

Timber Press Pocket Guide to Water Garden Plants (Timber Press Pocket Guides)

Water is a soothing and delightful addition to any garden, and water features streams, waterfalls, and bog gardens continue to be popular design elements in the modern garden. And now, gardeners finally have a practical and handy place to turn for information about water garden plants. In the Timber Press Pocket Guide to Water Garden Plants, gardening gurus Greg and Sue Speichert provide information on a full range of plants that can be used in ponds and wet soils, from the widely popular waterlilies and lotuses to the often-overlooked submerged, floating, and bog plants. The newest edition in the popular pocket guide series focuses on 300 of the best plants for use in large and small water gardens. Each description includes detailed information on choosing, planting, and caring for plants. Notes on cultivation address the question of how much water each plant needs to grow and provide information on cold tolerance and how to overwinter plants. Suggestions for use in the landscape offer design ideas for gardeners of all levels.

 

Water Garden Idea Book (Taunton Home Idea Books)

Water gardening is making a big splash in today's landscapes. Called

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