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Can anyone give me some good reasons to get a pond? Just asking.........

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Acorn Ponds & Waterfalls Last reply on Jan 20, 2016

Looking for some feedback from people who own ponds or have built ponds.

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  • Melissa Gutilla
    Melissa Gutilla Stephens City, VA
    on Jan 28, 2013

    I had a pond outside the house we rented and loved it. It was alot of work since it was built incorrectly. The rain water would run off and throw mulch and everything else it could pick up into the pond. We bought this house the first of Feb. and I can't wait for spring so I can get started on my new here! The main problem I had with the other pond was it kept turning green with algae! I think it was because it had a ledge that was only 6 inches maybe below water level which seemed to be where all the algae would grow! Any ideas???

  • Acorn Ponds & Waterfalls
    Acorn Ponds & Waterfalls Rochester, NY
    on Jan 28, 2013

    Hi Melissa, thanks for writing. That 6 inch deep ledge is perfect for installing a group of aquatic plants called marginals. They love this shallow water and will help take the nutrients out of the water that the algae compete for. It is also a good idea to put some lilies towards the bottom in deeper water. They will also provide shade and protection for your fish. You can buy a couple of floating aquatic plants such as water lettuce as well. These plants will help balance out your pond and add beauty at the same time.

  • Acorn Ponds & Waterfalls
    Acorn Ponds & Waterfalls Rochester, NY
    on Jan 28, 2013

    It may be difficult to think about this now but another benefit to having a pond is that they provide a cooling affect. Ponds and water features can be a joy to hang around on a hot day for this reason.

  • Melissa Gutilla
    Melissa Gutilla Stephens City, VA
    on Jan 29, 2013

    I actually had 2 water lilies in the pond but no marginals. What are marginals? That way I know what to put in when we do our new one in a few months. Also how deep should I make the pond at it's deepest point. The old pond was about 3 foot in one spot the rest was about 2.

  • Acorn Ponds & Waterfalls
    Acorn Ponds & Waterfalls Rochester, NY
    on Jan 29, 2013

    @Melissa, very good to put those Pond Lilies in! How well did they grow? Did you get lot of beautiful flowers from them? Marginal Pond Plants are a group of Aquatic Plants that normally grow at the edge of a Pond or Wetland Area. They don't like deep water and for this reason we make a shelf 6-8" to plant them. There are many varieties to choose from. Here in Rochester NY, we design and install most of our Ponds to be 2' deep. Click here to see our Ecosystem Pond Diagram: http://acornlandscaping.net/ecosystem.html. Click here to learn more about Pond Design and Installation: https://www.facebook.com/notes/acorn-landscaping-landscape-designlightingbackyard-water-gardens/acorn-landscaping-designs-installs-aquascape-ecosystem-water-garden-fish-ponds-i/464917560212038

  • Melissa Gutilla
    Melissa Gutilla Stephens City, VA
    on Jan 30, 2013

    The lilies did very well the first 2 years. However I didn't realize they needed to be divided until last year. So the last year they were a little bunched up and didn't do as well. But now I know! lol I def. will look at your site and take notes. I'm hoping we can get started building the pond the end of March. Thanks for the help! I'm sure I will have many questions in the coming months! lol

  • Acorn Ponds & Waterfalls
    Acorn Ponds & Waterfalls Rochester, NY
    on Jan 30, 2013

    Ok @Melissa , keep us posted and take lots of pictures before, during and after. Go ahead and post them here please.

  • Acorn Ponds & Waterfalls
    Acorn Ponds & Waterfalls Rochester, NY
    on Mar 17, 2014

    Thanks for the answers, but I'm still hoping for more ideas.

    Here's a backyard pond we constructed(Acorn Landscaping) in Rochester NY last year. Is anyone thinking about getting a pond installed this year?

    Here's a backyard pond we constructed(Acorn Landscaping) in Rochester NY last year. Is anyone thinking about getting a pond installed this year?

  • Acorn Ponds & Waterfalls
    Acorn Ponds & Waterfalls Rochester, NY
    on Mar 17, 2014

    Here's a backyard pond we constructed(Acorn Landscaping) in Rochester NY last year. Is anyone thinking about getting a pond installed this year?

  • Ms.saltlife
    Ms.saltlife Tacoma, WA
    on Jan 20, 2016

    I want to build a self sufficient pond The only down fall is my water flowers wont survive {I was told} I was going to make a water fall that does not use a pump I think its doable

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