Pond building was not entirely new to me when I decided to build a large pond ten years ago. I had built a few small traditional ponds in the past, and my previous project was a large, multi-level waterfall and pond combination. These had all followed traditional designs and used pumps to keep the water clean. My new pond would be in an area that did not have electricity, and I didn’t really want to run a new hydro line to the location. I wondered, is it possible to build a natural pond with no electricity?
After much research it became clear that all of the experts agreed – it was not possible to make a lined pond without pumps and filters. That made no sense to me and I decided to prove the experts wrong. Move ahead 10 years and I have not only built such a pond, but have become somewhat of an expert on the subject. After writing a few articles for magazines like Mother Earth News, a publisher approached me to write the first book on natural ponds.
I am very happy to announce its release; Building Natural Ponds, by Robert Pavlis.
What is a Natural Pond?
The term natural pond can be defined on several levels. On a very basic level, a natural pond is one that exists in nature – one that is not man-made. That is certainly a very good description, but natural ponds can also be man-made, in which case they exist without the use of pumps, filters or chemicals. The pond may or may not have a liner to hold in water, but other than this everything else about the pond is controlled and managed by nature.
A natural pond is also a pond that looks natural – it looks as if man did not build it. There are many design considerations that go into building a pond that looks as if nature built it. The location, the shape, the type of materials used and even the selected plants are critical.
The real benefit of a natural pond is that it requires virtually no maintenance. After adding water and plants you can sit back and enjoy it. No electricity bills, no weekly testing of water conditions, no filters to clean and nothing to buy. A natural pond will run all by itself.
I hope you will enjoy my new book. For more information see BuildingNaturalPonds.com