DIY Outdoor Pool Ideas

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Liven Up Your Watering Hole
Use chairs as pool stools
Legless chairs make the perfect poolside seating. Simply remove the legs from plastic garden chairs, paint, and screw into the ground.
Prevent unsightly cracks
Cover cracks around your pool with pavers. On sand and concrete, put down the pavers and drop-down face to give your pool’s edge a fresh look.
Design a natural oasis
Create an oasis with hanging baskets and trees. By planting foliage, you get an exotic look and make your pool a natural part of the garden.
Turn any vessel into a pond
Take an old boat or container, line the inside with a waterproof membrane, and fill. Decorate with plants and a trellis for a neat look.
Keep your pond sparkling in winter
To keep your pond clear in the winter, cut back any surrounding plants. Additionally, add cold-water bacteria to prevent algae from forming.
Top Projects for Pools & Ponds

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DIY Pools & Pond Videos

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The Sights and Sounds of Paradise: My Tropical Tiki Fountain

Elegant wine bottle fountains are very popular right now, and very expensive. I am more of a tropical, frozen drink with an umbrella kind of a girl, so I decided to DIY a fountain with a Tropical Tiki twist!

Landscape Garden Design, Waterfalls Water Feature, Patio, Sitting Wall with Pillars, Lighting, Landscaping, Brighton NY

Acorn Landscaping Designs Backyard Landscape Design with Waterfalls, Patio, Sitting Wall with Pillars, Landscape Lighting and landscaping.This is a great way to extend your living space outside. We created this Outdoor room in Brighton NY with the intention of being able to enjoy the Pondless Waterfalls Water Feature and Rock Garden from both inside and out. Click here to learn more

A Little Piece of Heaven at Home

Photos showing us adding some landscaping and pond to our new home started in late September. When we moved in new construction meant the yard was just dirt and weeds . It took us three steps, spaced about 2-3 years apart to complete everything, and the pond was the last to be added. After 12 years of work the yard finally has become what we wanted and is our sanctuary from the world.

Large Scale Ecosystem Pond (Before & After)

Before & After Photo of a large Scale Pond we built at Willow Valley Communities in Willow Street PA. Unfortunately i did not get any photos from the very beginning of the project but i did get one from the fairly early stages of construction. Below is a further description of this ecosystem pond project. Large scale ecosystem pond and stream recently completed Willow Valley Communities in Willow Street, PA. It was a very exciting project to be a part of. Pontz was brought on by another landscape contractor in Lancaster, PA who does not specialize in water features. The pond is part of a much larger complete landscape renovation of the courtyard at Willow Valley. Our Portion of the project features this large ecosystem pond with grand waterfalls directed toward the dining area for Willow Valley Communities residence. The pond also features a wetland bog filtration area complete with various aquatic plants as well as a pooling area that flows into a long deep stream before entering the waterfalls into the larger pond. The Pond will soon be home to tons of Fish, Frogs, and Turtles for the enjoyment of the residents and their families. Once the entire project is complete and the aquatic plants begin to bloom we will shoot some more footage to share. Stay Tuned!!!

New Pool & Pond Projects

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