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All About Building Waterfalls, Ponds, and Streams Paperback – Jan 1 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (Jan. 18 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897215141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897215145
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 0.6 x 27.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #174,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I bought this book for my wife. We recently moved; the home we moved from had a pond that we had built and I promised her a new pond c/w waterfall at our new home. From the time she opened the book she was stoked at all the great ideas and tips it provided. My wallet may be a little lighter and my back a little sore after the project but a small price to pay for a great result.
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I was in need of general information on pump sizes etc. The basics, well this book has it all, and is illustrated beautifully.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaa7c5e04) out of 5 stars Best in Class, Inspiring, But Start Small Oct. 27 2007
By Robert David STEELE Vivas - Published on
I bought this at Home Depot, which also offers a "materials" service from the same help desk in each store that will help design a deck and print out all the needed materials.

This offering appears to be "best in class." I found the following extremely helpful:

1) Up front discussion of the hardest part, creating a balanced ecosystem with balanced chemistry. If you do nothing else, let county water sit in a tub overnight to dissipate the cholorine, before putting it into a live environment.
2) Complete coverage (chapter 3) on materials and equipment. This is a lot easier than most might think, but it *does* require hard work if you get much above a pre-fabricated form. Rocks are *heavy* and you need a LOT of them--three times as many as you might think.
3) Superb photographs and drawings, checklists, and at the end, a list of water resources.

I am struck by how many people seem to be turning not only to waterfalls, but to full-up water gardens. While perhaps difficult to support in drought conditions, my wife and I have had a small pond for years and now want to move up to a waterfall and 4 times larger pond, and this is the book that has made that possible.

If you are discouraged or do not feel up to the challenge, I do recommend a very simple water feature, just a wash-tup and one of those spouting lion heads, or the bamboo trio. For under $100, you can get a water feature that is ready to go and plugs in, and for under $75 you can get a world class wind-chime. Add an outdoor clay fire pot with chimney, and you have the three key ingredients: water, wind, and fire.
34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb61612f4) out of 5 stars Most complete and detailed book for creating Ponds and Streams June 11 2006
By Old Amazon Customer - Published on
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Good book. Pictures are good and the descriptions and details from the creation of Ponds, Streams and Waterfalls is the most complete of all the books that I have purchased or read. It could do a little better job of describing how to integrate a Bog Garden with a Pond. I still have questions about that.

Overall the best of the breed.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaa95f00c) out of 5 stars Great all-around book for ideas and concepts June 10 2011
By M. Ives - Published on
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If you're in the planning stages of building your pond, waterfall or stream, this is a great book to get. Filled with great pictures and number of great ideas, you're likely to find something that suits your plan and your yard. This book covers everything from minor water features to huge waterfalls, and formal watergardens to natural mountain streams and waterfalls.

There are better books with step by step guides for when you need the details, but you can't beat this one for concepts and general plans. I've already made several modifications to my original plans thanks to the suggestions and ideas in this book. Just about every aspect of construction is addressed in this book; site selection, materials, installation, and maintenance. If you're planning any water feature, this book is a must so you can be informed of what you're in for! There is also a reference page containing 20 different pond businesses so you can surf the net to price materials and get even more ideas.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaa6b6798) out of 5 stars Needs more specifics July 12 2007
By L. Schwab - Published on
I liked the idea pictures in this book, but ultimately the "how-to's" left me wanting for more. I didn't feel it went into enough detail of things such as, how to make the rocks look natural and how to place them on the rubber liner so they don't wash away immediately. A good idea book, though.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaa7f9804) out of 5 stars Good Book June 21 2012
By Koi Beginner - Published on
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This was a good book in general. Lots of pictures, inspiration for your own project, very good detail about a lot of things.

I was hoping for a little more depth in talking about the equipment needed to run a pond, but maybe I set my expectations too high. I was also hoping for a little more guidance about concrete ponds.

All in all, thumbs up.