Small Pond – The Four Directions

by philinshelton on January 28, 2010

in Landscape projects

Our client wanted a circular pond that would incorporate the Native American symbolism of the circle and the four directions. The original pond  (installed by a well-intentioned, "do-it-yourself-er") was literally falling apart due to the use of the wrong liner, poor construction, and raccoon damage.  Sand and river rock were used to hide the plastic liner, and over time, most of the sand washed into the little pond.  The plastic liner was disintegrating from UV exposure, and the raccoons had devoured the fish and snails, and dug out the water plants in the process.  Pictured below, Joyce (our client) and I survey the old pond and talk about options.
Joyce and I dicuss fixing the pond

Joyce and I discuss "fixing" the pond

Leslie and I started by ripping out all of the old materials, and digging out a much more geometrically accurate circle.  To define the circle, we decided to use a snapped stone (stone that is hydraulically broken into pieces suited for wall block) supplied  by West Coast Building Stone.  In addition to its beauty, the weight of the stone makes a great anchor for the pond liner, and the thickness makes it easier to keep the water level somewhere close to the middle of each stone (versus having some stones completely submerged, and others high and dry).  For the compass points, we used smaller pieces of flagstone set just a bit higher, to be above the water line.
Snap stone defines the pond edge, with flagstone compass points

Snap stone defines the pond edge, with flagstone compass points

For the center focal point, we used a very nice piece of metal art that was also used in the old pond.  We used two stacks of pavers to support the flagstone base, just at the water surface.  We coiled copper tubing through the statuary, and hooked a pump to it (hidden under the flagstone) for a splash of water.  In spring, we will finish planting the bed at the perimeter of the pond, and Joyce will start restocking her plants and fish.
Thick flagstone statuary base set just below water surface

The flagstone base is set just below the water surface

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