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Building a Pond, Part one

This month we have been working on building a decorative garden pond in Hendersonville, Nc.

Garden Koi Pond

This project is currently under construction. Please check back later for finished project photos.

This pond will be appropriately 15×22 ft wide and 4 ft deep. We added some special features to this system. Including: an intake bay filter, a wetland filter and an airlift bottom filter.

With all these filters combined, along with aeration and circulation jets, the pond will be crystal clear and have very little maintenance to keep it that way.

Boulder pond

We started off by excavating the pond area and lining it with a 45 mil EPDM rubber liner. Then we set boulders along the pond wall, leaving planting pockets for aquatic plants that will help keep the water clear and healthy.

We added some large boulders into the pond to create a truly unique and impressive feature.

We also added a fun feature to this pond. Floating Steps! They are actually not ‘floating’ but will look like it when the pond is full. We set flagstone steppingstones on top of concrete pillars to create this awesome feature.

Pillars for floating steps
Floating steps

As this pond developed, we decided to add some aquatic lighting into the pond so our client could enjoy the fish at night.

One of the unique filtration options we installed into this pond was the airlift filter grid at the bottom of the pond. The airlift is created using a grid of perforated pipes under gravel laid into the bottom of the pond. When the system is on, the aerator will pump water into a vertical pipe connected to the grid and create a vacuum. This will draw water through the grid and discharge it to the top of the pond. Making the whole floor of the pond a big biological filter.

Airlift Filter

As we are still working on this system, please check back soon for some finished project photos and videos.

Pond Filtration

Give us a call or message with any questions, or if you are considering having a pond or waterfall installed in your yard.

Jacob

Living Waters Landscaping

828-301-8017

Setting Boulders

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Rock Balancing Art

Rock art

Today I took a walk with my daughter into the woods to relax, enjoy each other’s company and get into nature.

We ended up balancing some rocks at a popular swimming hole.

It was an amazing time. Taking a day off of work to spend some important time with my daughter.

Rock balancing

We started off picking some wild blueberries. Then strolling down to the river, we ate some lunch and enjoyed the waterfalls.

It was a great time. Balancing stone is an amazing meditation and relaxing art form.

Temporary art

When we finished we discussed if we should knock them down or not. We decided to leave them up. Then we hiked up to the top of the waterfall and as we looked down on our rock balancing we saw people hiking in and taking pictures of our work. Then we noticed people engaging with what we did. Some tried to balance their own rocks, one guy balanced a rock on top of ours. It was a beautiful thing.

Gravity Glue

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Using Bridges in Water Features

We recently finished some of the edging work on the large pondless waterfall that we built last year. This included 2 wood bridges, a stone slab bridge and 2 stepping stones that help our client and his visitors enjoy the waterfall and surrounding landscape.

The waterfall in this video is off for the season, but I was excited to show some of the finished project.

We often use bridges in our pondless waterfall projects both functionally and as features. The bridge is a symbol of healing and connection. In some of our features we use stone slabs, in some wood or concrete.

Whatever material you use, using a bridge to cross you water feature will help people feel more connected to the landscape.

We have also done larger concrete structures over natural streams.

This type of bridge is much more functional, but can still be aesthetically pleasing.

Be sure to use structural material when building a bridge. Making it stout and strong so you can be confident that when you leave the project, the homeowner will not be left with a dangerous problem.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or to share some of your bridge projects.

Thanks!

Jacob

Living Waters Landscaping

828-301-8017

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Flagstone Patio Asheville

Here’s a quick video of a mortared flagstone patio we just finished in Asheville.

We used Buff Crab Orchard stone for this project. There was an existing dry laid patio in this space that we replaced and reused some of the stone.

Our goal was to match the existing flagstone entryway and covered porch.

Give us a call for all your patio and landscaping projects.

Jacob

Living Waters Landscaping

828-301-8017

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Wood, Water, Stone, Metal

We just finished this custom outdoor living area in Asheville, NC.

It has a Pondless waterfall that flows from an antique Thai Buffalo Post into a boulder bowl.

Our very talented carpenter installed a custom bench that seamlessly flows into an entryway step.

The dry laid Flagstone patio is tightly cut and matches well with the water feature on one side and the wood bench on the other.

Give us a call for your next landscape or water feature project.

828-301-8017