Pond Aesthetics

waterfall with natural stone bridge

Contractor’s Corner: Go Big or Go Home!

Hardscaping & ecosystem pond round out backyard renovation This pond was part of a complete backyard makeover. The backyard had mature landscaping, a small pond that had been in the ground for quite some time, and a concrete patio area, all of which had seen better days. We (CE Pontz Sons) were called in to …

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Tom Diek pond near New York

Pond Project Management in the Pandemic Age

It was early 2020, and the pandemic was raging. Not only was there an uncontrolled, contagious disease, but a wave of uncertainty was also looming. What did this mean for our future? There were lockdowns, isolations and workforces made non-essential by daily decree. Debates over stimulus money were dominating the news, as many folks were …

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Strategies for Fighting Slime, Foam & Cloudy Water

Maintaining a decorative waterscape is a byword for eternal vigilance. When it comes to caring for streams, ponds and lakes, it is as though each individual water feature has its own distinct personality. Some are easygoing and never seem to require anything more than simple preventive measures, while others are a real challenge, more resembling …

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Lower waterfall

Pond Contractor Builds Massive Personal Waterscape

As a professional pond builder for more 25 years, I have built my own personal water feature multitudes of times. Going through life as an artist, my skill sets and vision have continued to evolve with the passing of each year. Eventually this evolution, combined with my addiction to creating, would entice me to inevitably …

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American Waterscapes pond

Pond Construction | Boulders Elevate Natural Waterfall Build

There is a moment when a dry, dusty rock is struck by water and comes alive. It’s this moment that I live for as a pond builder. Watching my clients’ faces as they experience this phenomenon for the first time is beyond any monetary gain that could be had from any project. Know Your Customer …

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The Business of Building Commercial Water Features

By Mark Giordano and Amber Swain, Pond Elegance After multiple owners, 36 years and hundreds of pond builds, Pond Elegance has earned its place as a leader in our industry. Since 1986, our company has been providing residential pond and water feature owners with koi, goldfish, plants and other supplies, along with design, pond construction …

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Introducing the New Zenshu Yasuyuki Fountain from Blue Thumb

The Zenshu Yasuyuki stone fountain makes a statement and adds interest to your landscape with its natural rough sides and flat polished surface surrounding three fountain plumes. Situated in the corner of a paver patio or flanking a grand entrance, the pooling water is a calm display of serenity that preludes the cascading of the …

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Atlantic’s Hammered Brass Bowls

Atlantic’s beautiful new Hammered Brass Bowls complement any landscape, hardscape or poolscape with the timeless beauty of brass. In two sizes with a matching pedestal, the hand-hammered, solid brass bowls feature an attractive, acid-washed patina unique to each. Standpipes at the top of both overflowing and spillway styles create a bubbling-fountain effect and stabilize optional …

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POND Trade’s 2021 Water Artisans of the Year Winners

In a year that saw record-breaking property values all over the place, 2021 also saw the most-ever entries in POND Trade’s Water Artisans of the Year contest — almost 70! Coincidence? We think not! Just like 2020, many pond-loving clients found themselves spending more time at home, which naturally meant more home improvement and enhancement …

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How to Source Aquatic Plants in any Ecosystem

When I began my career more than 35 years ago, little information existed about most things aquatic compared to today. Instead of being just a click away, information about individual plants was typically provided via a photocopy through the mail. I would send a check to cover the cost (about 7 to 10 cents per …

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