Introduction PART ONE Site and Landscape Design Fundamentals Chapter One: New Ponds Excavated versus Embankment Ponds i Siting the New Pond i Siting the House Chapter Two: Existing Ponds Water i Pond Structure i Edges i Inflows and Outflows i The Dam i History PART TWO Excavated Ponds Chapter Three: The Pond at Strawberry Hill Siting i Construction Chapter Four: Techniques Shaping the Basin i Planting PART THREE Embankment Ponds Chapter Five: The Lornell Pond Siting i The Dam and Basin Structure Chapter Six: General Techniques Siting i Landscaping the Embankment i Grasses and Plants i Inflows and Outflows i Inflow Streams i Outflow Streams PART FOUR Plants, Shrubs, and Trees Chapter Seven: Save That Tree Native Trees i Saving, Thinning, or Removing Chapter Eight: Planting Considerations and Techniques Soil, Sun, and Climate i First Plantings around a New Pond i Selecting and Siting Trees i Tree Species i Aquatic and Shoreland Plants i Plant Checklist i Planter Beware i Planting Strategies Chapter Nine: Recommended Pond Plants Moist-Soil Plants and Shrubs i Sedges and Grasses i Aquatic Plants i Deer-Resistant Plants Resources Index
Tim Matson, a writer and aquaculture consultant, has been advising, designing, restoring, and building ponds and wetlands for more than twenty-five years. He is also the author of Earth Ponds, Earth Ponds Sourcebook, and Earth Ponds A to Z. He lives in Strafford, Vermont.
This is Tim Matson's fourth book on ponds and perhaps the most beautiful yet. Showcasing a range of natural features that might enhance the aesthetic of a country pond, he nonetheless manages to include a lot of useful information for pond builders. Handsome color photos throughout illustrate stone embankments, edge vegetation, specimen trees, benches, and mountain backdrops, while including a few buildings, docks, and other bits of built infrastructure. A handful of nicely executed line drawings show design features, plans, bridge variations, underground connections, and other elements not easily photographed.The style is understated but very informative. The author has made so many ponds he knows the full range of vagaries, opportunities, and problems you may encounter in the process, and shares much of that insight. He explains excavated versus embankment ponds, and how to site the pond. There is a review of pond structure so that the reader understands safe and functional construction, plus discussion of water quality and sources.As his earlier books dealt at greater length with the basic elements of pond construction, this one emphasizes the planting, though this section of the book also addresses environmental conditions, water flows, etc. An extensive list of suppliers, and a catalog of potential pond plants illustrated with color photos rounds out the offering.One caveat - the ponds shown are all from New England, and while the information is broadly applicable, special conditions not discussed may apply in other areas. As the title implies, only earth-sealed, not lined ponds are covered.An optional DVD is available with the book, and I found it to be an unexpected gem. Visual quality was only so-so, but Matson narrates an excellent script and he does it well. The editing is crisp and the film shows great attention to detail. Pond building can be a messy business, but we get to see the machines and the builders at work unadorned. Pond building may be one of