Ponds

NOTICE: our pond installation crew is booked for the 2017 season. 

We got into ponds back in 1997, and have built two display ponds here in our gardens. Dave Hornbaker is in charge of our crew, which installs Aquascape© ponds within a 60 mile radius of Princeton. The whole idea with a pond is to create a balanced ecosystem that not only looks natural, but maintains itself naturally, without chemicals, without UV light sterilizers, and without a lot of work on your part. See our instructions below for how to maintain a well-built pond.

 
Come sit by our display ponds, listen to the soothing sounds of the babbling brook and spilling waterfalls, watch the fish and observe the wonderful aquatic plants, and picture that whole scene becoming the centerpiece in your garden. Then talk to David Hornbaker. He will be glad to show you how and why Aquascape ponds work so well and answer any questions you might have. Dave's crew can install most ponds in one or two days. We provide the rock, and leave the area around the pond mulched and ready for you (or us) to landscape.
 
For you energetic do-it-yourselfers, we also sell kits and materials for you to build your own. The hard parts are the physical labor of digging out the pond, and then obtaining, hauling, and putting in the rock. But it can be done, and we'll be glad to give you all of the advice and explanation that you might need.

 

Pondless Waterfalls

Dave and his crew installed our first pondless waterfall in August of 2006, and it has proven to be a popular attraction. Kids love it. They can walk right up to the last waterfall and play in the water. They usually get wet, but no one has to worry about them falling in the water.
 
It took the crew just a day or so to install. A pondless waterfall has a stream/waterfall that, instead of spilling into a pond, spills into a pit filled with rock. In the pit is a vault which houses the pump which recirculates the water back to the top.

Compared to a pond, the pondless waterfall requires less rubber liner and less labor, so it is a little cheaper to install. Maintenance is much less. Since there is no pond sitting in the sun, there is no significant algae problem to deal with. Cleanout in the spring consists of raking out any leaves and twigs that have accumulated in the stream over the winter, pumping out the old water in the pit, and replacing it with fresh water.
 
You can still enjoy plenty of aquatic plants in the stream, but not water lilies, of course. Nor can you have fish. But for those who want the sight and sound of a stream and waterfall, and like the idea of safety and low maintenance, a pondless waterfall is a great choice for a water feature.

 

Mini-Pondless Waterfall May Be Your Size

Everyone loves the sound of waterfalls. But not everyone has the space or desire to have a pond with a waterfall, nor the space or budget for a pondless waterfall with a long stream, like the one in our sunny display gardens. But check out the mini version of the pondless waterfall that we built in our shade gardens. It only takes up a space of around 8’ x 4’, and really puts out some great sound with its 2000 gallon per hour pump. It is located uphill from our gazebo.
 
This is the perfect water feature to locate near your porch or patio, where you can enjoy it most often, or use it as a garden centerpiece. 


 

Pond Cleanouts

Most ponds should be cleaned out every spring to eliminate as much organic matter as possible that may have accumulated in the pond. It’s not that difficult a job, but it can be a cold and messy undertaking. 

Pond Cleanout Instructions
 
 


Pond Spring Clean Out Instructions

 

Year-Round Pond Maintenance by the Seasons


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