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

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

By: Robert Pavlis (author)Paperback

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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.

About 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.

Contents

Table of Contents Introduction Natural vs Native Chapter 1: Understanding a Balanced Ecosystem Oxygen Cycle Nutrient Cycle pH Algae Animals Trees and Shrubs Plants Microbes Maintaining Balance in the Ecosystem Chapter 2: Environmental Benefits Pond Ecosystem Breeding Site for Amphibians Dragon Flies and Mosquitoes Birds and Mammals Water conservation Environmental Awareness Less Lawn Permaculture Food Source Chapter 3: Natural Looking Designs Chapter 4: Planning and Design Location Legal Issues Access to electrical Power Size Depth Water Source Trees Pond liners Human Access Rocks Planting Shelves and Shape of the Pond Plants Excavated Soil Other Considerations Chapter 5: Building Site Evaluation Soil Type Installing a Ready Made 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 Chapter 6: Fish Fish Care Hobby Fish Goldfish Koi Mosquito Fish Golden Orfe Game Fish Largemouth Bass Bluegill Redear Sunfish Channel Catfish Flathead Minnow Rainbow Trout Chapter 7: Plants The Importance of Plants Planting Fertilizing Starting Small Too Many Plants Plant Pests and Diseases Undesirable Pond Plants Workhorse Water Plants Iris Water Lilies Marsh Marigold Cattail Acorus calamus Sagittaria latifolia Pontederia cordata Cyperus alternifolius Chapter 8: Maintenance and Troubleshooting Don't Do These Things Check pH Adding Bacteria Measure Ammonia Measure Oxygen Levels Cleaning the Pond Reducing Algae Adding Water Removing Organics Winter Care Pond Leaks Chapter 9: Large Scale Ponds Special Types of Ponds Irrigation Pond Aquaculture Pond Livestock Pond Geothermal Pond Recreation Regulations and Permits Water Source Well Surface Runoff Spring Stream Liner Options General Construction Considerations Aerators and Fountains Constructing Dams Designing the Inflow Designing the Outflow Plants Shoreline Plants Water Plants Eutrophication Chapter 10: Pools, Bogs and Rain Gardens Natural Swimming Pool Regulations Size Swimming with the Fishes Safety Swimming in Weeds Muddy Bottom Stagnant Water Maintenance Entering the Pool Bog Bog Filter Rain Garden Back matter

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780865718456
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 160
  • ID: 9780865718456
  • ISBN10: 0865718458

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