Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Cindy Gets the Pond and Waterfall of her Dreams!

I'm SO excited to say I am now a proud pond owner which in the pond circles makes me a "pond geek"! What a difference it already has made to our home, and our lives! I just love sitting out there and staring into the water, listening to the relaxing sounds of water. It means that I now am part of the club and can't wait to spend hours vacationing in my yard with the beauty, the sounds and the amazing aquatic plants that make up my pond and waterfall! What is incredible is how the company that did this, California Waterscapes, (www.californiawaterscapes.com) put this together in a day! 6 men carrying huge boulders for hours, digging a 10 foot wide and 2-3 feet deep hole for the pond and the building up a berm of rocks for the waterfall and stream effect leading into the pond! Check out the video to see the end result here:

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Here are some of the before, during and after pictures of my pond coming together! I am in PARADISE! Now we wait for a few weeks for the system to balance and become the perfect home for our koi! Want to help me come up with great names? I need five names! Email me your ideas at cindy@cindydole.com!

The Making of Cindy's Pond and Waterfall Step by Step - "LET's ROCK" - Work by California Waterscapes

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Step One: Chad Morrill of California Waterscapes lays out a natural looking shape and design with spray paint. Then it's can you dig it time, digging the hole and boy is our dirt tough.

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Step Two: We need manpower! Loads oh boulders to carry in.

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Step Three: Now Cindy gets to stand inside what will be our home to our five Koi! See the layers of shelving for natural fish hideaways!

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My sheepdogs, Abby and Bailey are anxious for the final result too! Actually they are afraid of swimming but will be curious about the fish.

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Step Four: A heavy liner is set inside the pond hole along with the filter equipment. Then its all held in place with more boulders.100_0261

Step Five:  You've got to have aqua plants! And the beauty of the line is it creates a pocket of constantly moist and nourished soil to keep these water plants happy! We have Canna, Society Garlic, Tana, and soon will add Elephant Ears and Scotch Moss

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Step Six:  End of the day the crew washes down the rocks and pumps out the dirt before filling her up!

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In a few weeks the Koi go in and we'll be set!