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Building Natural Ponds


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1. Understanding a Balanced Ecosystem
Oxygen Cycle
Trees and Shrubs
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
Legal Issues
Access to Electrical Power
Water Source
Bogs and Rain Gardens
Pond Liners
Human Access
Shape of the Pond and Planting Shelves
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
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

10. Pools, Bogs, and Rain Gardens
Natural Swimming Pools
Rain Gardens

About the Author
A Note About the Publisher

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Build a natural pond for wildlife, beauty, and quiet contemplation

About the Author

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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