Awesome Water Feature

by philinshelton on September 13, 2009

in Landscape projects

On this project, we install a landscape designed by Jim Savage of Savage Plants and Landscape. This is a full landscape installation including a complete lawn removal/renovation, lots of dirtwork and sculpting, dry creek beds, drainage, plantings, and a large water feature with a running creek, falls and a pond. Here are some photos and notes from the installation of the pond and waterfalls.  Click on a pic to view a larger image, and click again to shrink it. The installation starts with partner Travis Meyer roughing out the shape and depth of the pond with an excavator.  Then the pond liner goes in, and all of the large stones are set.
Travis slinging a rock into place

Travis slinging a rock into place

Large stones are set around and in the pond

Large stones are set around and in the pond

Once the large rocks are set, the liner is covered with river rock.
River rock hides the bottom and edges of the pond liner

River rock hides the bottom and edges of the pond liner

Two pumps are installed to move water through skimmers and from the bottom of the upper and lower pools, up to an outlet weir at the top of the "creek"
Plumbing from a pump to the weir

Plumbing from one of the pumps to the weir

Once the liner is covered, the whole thing is pressured washed and pumped several times to remove as much of the silt and sand as possible.

Travis pressure washing the liner

Travis pressure washing the rock and liner

Pond ready for filling

Pond ready for filling

Next, the pond is filled by a water truck with about 7,000 gallons of water.  Then, we hold our breath and turn on the plumbing.
View from the top of the wier

View from the top of the wier

Stone water falls down creek and into upper pool

Water falls over stone, down creek and into upper pool

Travis overlooking the lower pool

Travis overlooking the lower pool

In a future article, you can see some pics of the pond finished with plants, as well as some before and after pics of the entire landscape project. To read about other landscape projects we have done, check the Landscape Projects page, and visit the Outdoors By Design website.

{ 1 comment… read it below or add one }

Louise July 29, 2013 at 9:06 am

Would really enjoy seeing some more pictures with the plants in, and by now more than likely well established around the pond. If you posted them already, was not able to locate.

Leave a Comment