Contractor’s Corner Quarterly Winner Reveals Tips on Expanding Ponds

Published on May 30, 2020

Digging of the 2nd expansion.

Most owners want ponds to be as big as possible, but budget constraints don’t always allow for it. However, as pond owners become bigger fans, many want to expand on their original pond design.

So how do you go about expanding your current pond? Well, our recent winner of the Contractor’s Corner quarterly award, Lloyd Lightsey, reveals his experience in the recent Contractor’s Corner article and how a customer did it three times!

“A great-customer-turned-friend” actually had her pond expanded three times!

“Her pond had been built by another company, and I asked her if I could build it bigger. At that time, the pond to the left of her front porch was approximately 1,000 gallons. Out came the sidewalk, and a 4-by-6-foot steel frame wood bridge was installed in its place. We expanded the pond to the right side of her porch to create a 2,500-gallon waterscape.

Fast-forward to 2014, and she called again with another need for “more pond.” This led us to expand 10 feet in width and 15 feet in length, while in the process installing a catwalk bridge that crossed the whole pond and led to her front door. The pond was now 9,000 gallons. In 2017, the fever hit her again — she wanted “more pond!” So, more pond she got. Although her septic tank was in the way, we persevered until we were completely landlocked. The final expansion of Sissy’s pond included a 12-inch elevation to allow a 5-foot weir to drop into the existing pond, bringing it up to 15-by-20 feet and totaling more than 16,000 gallons, with five waterfalls, two skimmers and a pump vault tucked away on the side of the lower pond.”

Congratulations Lloyd Lightsey, the Pond Monster, on the $250 prize from Unit Liner

Enjoy the read and remember to submit your recent pond project below and win this quarterly prize. Click here for more information.

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