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All About Building Waterfalls, Pools, and Streams


All about Building Waterfalls, Pools, and Streams is a handsome book at a reasonable price ($11.95). There are full-color pictures on every page showing a variety of water gardens in different climates. There are also full-color diagrams for such things as in-air pump installation, plant filter installation, and piping for a waterfall and sprouting statuary (fountain).

All about Building Waterfalls, Pools, and Streams discusses several backyard water garden projects such as constructing a bog, constructing a concrete pond, constructing a naturalistic waterfall, constructing a stream, and constructing a pond with a flexible liner.

One of the nice features in All about Building Waterfalls, Pools, and Streams is that it includes necessary materials and cost estimates for the various projects. For example, to create a simple water garden, the book recommends:

a pond liner
a geotextile underlayment
2 to 3 tons of sand
5 bags of mortar ready-mix
1 ton of washed gravel
1 tons of river rock
3 potted water lilies
10 potted marginal plants such as cattail, rush, cardinal flower, and papyrus
36 bunches of submerged plants such as anacharis and cabomba
20 black Japanese snails
6 goldfish

Total cost estimate: $1500-$2000

In case you're wondering, the cheapest water garden project seems to be the bog running about $550-$800.

All about Building Waterfalls, Pools, and Streams is divided into the following chapters:

Why Build a Water Feature?

This talks about types of water features and the beauty of water gardens.

Building Materials

Lists and describes the materials you need for various water gardens, such as preformed liners and the rock and stone used for edging ponds.

Equipment

One of the meatier chapters of the book, covers such things as pumps, filters, bottom drains and bulkhead connections, pipes and filters, skimmers, ultraviolet clarifiers and magnetic algae controllers, lighting for your water garden, and more.

Making Designs and Plants

This chapter will get you thinking about where exactly in your yard you want to place your water garden, which features you want to include, and what is involved with adding a waterfall, a stream, a bog, or combinations such as ponds with waterfalls, or raised ponds with waterfalls.

Step-by-Step Construction

In this section, you finally learn how to install your water features. The chapter covers constructing a pond with a flexible liner, installing a preformed pond liner, constructing a concrete pond, constructing a bog, installing a preformed waterfall, constructing a naturalistic waterfall, installing edging, constructing a stream, and installing plumbing.

Seasonal Maintenance

All about Building Waterfalls, Pools, and Streams finishes with a chapter discussing routine maintenance of your water feature through the seasons. It also discusses how to repair leaks and offers additional resources.

An appendix includes an USDA plant hardiness zone map, index, and metric conversions.

Though All about Building Waterfalls, Pools, and Streams comes in at just under 100 pages, it contains a lot of information, certainly enough to give you ideas about your water feature planning or even to help the do-it-yourselfer get started with installation.

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