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Building natural ponds : create a clean, algae-free pond without pumps, filters, or chemicals /

by Pavlis, Robert.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Gabriola Island, BC, Canada : New Society Publishers, 2017.Description: xv, 159 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm.ISBN: 0865718458; 9780865718456.Subject(s): Ponds -- Design and construction | Water in landscape architecture
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
Summary: "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."-- Provided by publisher.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

<p> Build a natural pond for wildlife, beauty, and quiet contemplation </p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p> 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:</p> 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. <p>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.</p> <p> 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.</p>

Includes bibliographical references (pages 149-150) and index.

"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."-- Provided by publisher.

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

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction (p. xiii)
  • 1 Understanding a Balanced Ecosystem (p. 1)
  • Oxygen Cycle (p. 2)
  • Nutrients (p. 6)
  • pH (p. 9)
  • Algae (p. 9)
  • Animals (p. 10)
  • Trees and Shrubs (p. 12)
  • Plants (p. 12)
  • Microbes (p. 13)
  • Maintaining Balance in the Ecosystem (p. 15)
  • 2 Environmental Benefits (p. 17)
  • Pond Ecosystem (p. 17)
  • Breeding Site for Amphibians (p. 18)
  • Dragonflies and Mosquitoes (p. 19)
  • Birds and Mammals (p. 19)
  • Water Conservation (p. 20)
  • Environmental Awareness (p. 21)
  • Less Lawn (p. 21)
  • Permaculture Food Sources (p. 21)
  • 3 Natural Looking Designs (p. 23)
  • Native Ponds (p. 24)
  • Man-made Ponds (p. 28)
  • How Natural Can You Get? (p. 34)
  • The Borrowed View (p. 35)
  • Enjoy the Pond (p. 35)
  • Stones, Stones, and More Stones (p. 36)
  • Plants Are Key (p. 36)
  • Your Final Design (p. 38)
  • 4 Planning and Design (p. 39)
  • Location (p. 39)
  • Legal Issues (p. 41)
  • Access to Electrical Power (p. 41)
  • Size (p. 42)
  • Depth (p. 44)
  • Water Source (p. 45)
  • Bogs and Rain Gardens (p. 45)
  • Trees (p. 46)
  • Pond Liners (p. 46)
  • Human Access (p. 47)
  • Rocks (p. 50)
  • Shape of the Pond and Planting Shelves (p. 50)
  • Plants (p. 52)
  • Excavated Soil (p. 52)
  • 5 Building (p. 55)
  • Site Evaluation (p. 55)
  • Soil Type (p. 58)
  • Installing a Preformed Pond (p. 58)
  • Flexible Pond Liners (p. 61)
  • Digging the Hole for a Flexible Liner (p. 63)
  • Preparing the Hole (p. 67)
  • Installing the Pond Liner (p. 69)
  • Footings for a Dock or Bridge (p. 70)
  • Adding Water (p. 72)
  • Protecting Planting Shelves (p. 73)
  • Stones for the Planting Shelf (p. 74)
  • Leveling the Pond Edge (p. 76)
  • Adding the Spillway (p. 77)
  • Allowing for Inflow (p. 78)
  • Edging the Pond (p. 78)
  • Adding the Finishing Touches (p. 80)
  • 6 Fish (p. 83)
  • Fish Care (p. 83)
  • Hobby Fish (p. 85)
  • Game Fish (p. 87)
  • 7 Plants (p. 91)
  • Planting (p. 92)
  • Fertilizing (p. 93)
  • Starting Small (p. 93)
  • Too Many Plants (p. 94)
  • Plant Pests and Diseases (p. 94)
  • Undesirable Pond Plants (p. 94)
  • Selection of Water Plants (p. 96)
  • Workhorse Water Plants (p. 97)
  • 8 Maintenance and Troubleshooting (p. 109)
  • Don't Do These Things (p. 109)
  • Adding Water (p. 112)
  • Removing Organics (p. 113)
  • Winter Care (p. 114)
  • Pond Leaks (p. 115)
  • 9 Large-scale Ponds (p. 119)
  • Special Pond Types (p. 119)
  • Regulations and Permits (p. 123)
  • Water Sources (p. 125)
  • Liner Options (p. 126)
  • General Construction Considerations (p. 127)
  • Aerators and Fountains (p. 128)
  • Constructing Dams (p. 129)
  • Designing the Inflow (p. 131)
  • Designing the Outflow (p. 132)
  • Plants (p. 134)
  • Eutrophication (p. 135)
  • 10 Pools, Bogs, and Rain Gardens (p. 137)
  • Natural Swimming Pools (p. 137)
  • Bogs (p. 142)
  • Rain Gardens (p. 146)
  • References (p. 149)
  • Index (p. 151)
  • About the Author (p. 157)
  • A Note About the Publisher (p. 160)

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