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gessieviolet
Saluda, SC
(Zone 8a)

March 18, 2011
5:37 PM

Post #8435241

The fish pond right outside my kitchen door was dug about 75 years ago, best we can figure.

In the 25 years I have lived here (1) I fiberglassed a shell over the concrete that leak like a sieve, (2) put a liner over the fiberglass shell when it bit the dust (rather, started leaking water).

After 6 years of kids throwing rocks against tis lining it needed replacing; the plant growth certainly needed thinning!

Folks, I am 70 years old, and figured I had better take the easy route and try to seal the leaks with patches----didn't work.

Okay, d...it, I'll just redo the pond!

I completely remodeled the design to add plant shelves that it never had; then covered with a rubber skin.

Taking out the growth was the hardest part and I did it ALL BY MYSELF---NO HELP. I am so pleased with the result.

This first photo is of the pond as it was before I started wrecking it. Will post results of my efforts next post.

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gessieviolet
Saluda, SC
(Zone 8a)

March 18, 2011
5:42 PM

Post #8435249

After approximately one week I have the new pond filled and will be planting and restocking with the fish we have had for years.

This is the way it looks, waiting for me to get on the ball and do the final staging! It now looks so big, and I was able to keep the rock border that was filled with plants.

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gessieviolet
Saluda, SC
(Zone 8a)

March 18, 2011
5:53 PM

Post #8435270

Here is the photo I meant to send in reply. It is more nearly finished here.

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beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 18, 2011
8:35 PM

Post #8435664

Looks great! I'm impressed you did it all by yourself at 70 years old! WOW! I hope I am as capable as you when I am 70!!! Are you going to add water plants back in?
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

March 18, 2011
8:56 PM

Post #8435698

You remind me of my Dad. He retired at 65 and bought a junker house. dug the foundation to double the size of the footprint, added a covered porch, and tons more. I hope I am so fortunate as you both
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

March 19, 2011
8:19 AM

Post #8436230

Gessieviolet

Very nice. Can't wait to see it when your plants are all in and everything is finished and growing.

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Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

March 22, 2011
8:11 PM

Post #8444166

I'm impressed!
gessieviolet
Saluda, SC
(Zone 8a)

March 22, 2011
9:50 PM

Post #8444271

We had a terrific (like in seriously bad) storm the day after I finished. Here is a view the morning after the storm.

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Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

March 22, 2011
11:12 PM

Post #8444303

Looks wonderfully green and healthy to me. Looks great
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

March 23, 2011
5:19 AM

Post #8444556

Gessie

Your pond is gorgeous! I am having serious zone envy.

We are having a storm today as well. They said we could get up to 14" of snow. Here is my pond...

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gessieviolet
Saluda, SC
(Zone 8a)

March 23, 2011
7:30 AM

Post #8444797

Carolyn, I'll take my storm over your snow anyday! For the first time I can remember we had ice and snow on the ground here for 1 solid week--It shut everything down for the week and I got cabin fever so bad I wanted to scream...I stay inside anyway during the winter!

Your pond looks HUGE. Look forward to see it when there is green around. Meanwhile, eat your heart out!! LOL
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

March 23, 2011
8:21 AM

Post #8444900

Gessie

I try to stay inside during the winter too - at least as best I can. I have always said that I could very easily hibernate during the winter. I just need somebody to bring me my groceries and take out the trash.

My pond is a tad under 5000 gallons. I do think it looks pretty with the snow - especially if I don't have to go out in it. However, I do prefer the pond in all it's greenery!

This is the same part of the pond pictured above, only this is early October.

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gessieviolet
Saluda, SC
(Zone 8a)

March 23, 2011
8:39 AM

Post #8444930

That is beautiful, I wish I had a waterfall.

Mine is truly a pool, about 400 gallons, but we love the fact that it is just outside our kitchen door and the fish come to greet us when we step outside. Would you believe we actually talk to them?

Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

March 23, 2011
8:43 AM

Post #8444939

Gessie

Thank you. We have several waterfalls. DH loves them as well.

Our pond is right at the edge of our lower deck. Our bedroom is on that end of the house. We both love the sounds of the waterfalls at night.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

March 23, 2011
8:49 AM

Post #8444946

Oops. I wanted to attach this...

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