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Our goal is to ensure that every customer in the Macomb & Oakland, Michigan (MI) area that wants to build a pond, has a complete understanding of how each product works and how to install & maintain their new backyard paradise pond. We are confident you will not find a more informative Pond Contractor in the Macomb & Oakland, Michigan (MI) area, that is dedicated to your pond building project success.

We believe in and stand behind every product we install and ultimately recommend to our customers. 

You can view our portfolio, or ask us for customer information to visit working demonstrations of functional Ecosystem Ponds, So you can see it in action. Creating your own water garden can be hard work, but the results are extremely satisfying! Many do-it-yourselfers will consult a book, magazine article, or even a YouTube video before grabbing a shovel for their pond project. ​​

​Before putting a spade in the Macomb & Oakland, Michigan (MI) area soil, remember that there are several things commonly overlooked by many a would-be water gardener. Often, enough thought isn’t given to the project because building a pond can look so simple … but these overlooked elements are important for successful pond building.  We encourage you to watch the Video above and call us to schedule an appointment with our professional Pond Designer.

Top 10 Common DIY Mistakes

  1. Poor Location: Starting with the Pond design, ponds are too often placed in an unused area of the property or in a low spot that collects water. Both of these locations cause problems. Unused areas of the landscape are unused for a reason and it’s a waste to put a key feature in an area that won’t be seen regularly. Out of sight, out of mind … meaning nobody will care for it. Low spots that collect water are challenging to build in (high water table) and water quality can suffer from too much runoff and pollutants entering the pond system.
  2. Underestimating Labor: Underestimating the amount of physical work involved with a pond installation is very common. We are regularly called to complete ponds, in the Macomb & Oakland, Michigan (MI) area, that are partially excavated by a homeowner that has given up. Unless you dig for a living it’s tougher than you think … and digging the pond is the easy part!
  3. Creating Steep Sides: Digging a deep pit with no provisions for shallow areas makes stacking stone on the inside of the pond very difficult. The excavation is unstable and since there aren’t shallow areas, it is difficult and dangerous to get in and out of the pond for maintenance. Plus, there’s no ledges for aquatic plants, the majority of which grow in less than 12″ of water.
  4. Too Shallow: A shallow pond is obviously easier to dig than a deeper one, but if it’s not deep enough, then fish won’t be able to over-winter, especially if you have weather like us here in the Macomb & Oakland, Michigan (MI) area, and during Summer months, your pond won’t stay cool if it’s too shallow. Fish don’t like hot ponds!
  5. Lack of Ledges: This is the #1 Pond Building Mistake by Unknowing Contractors & DIY Homeowners. A common mistake is when the pond is excavated in a bowl fashion, with gently sloping sides that get deeper towards the middle. This is difficult to disguise with rock since gravel will slide towards the deep area and boulders take up too much room.
  6. Improper Use of Rock and Stone: A completed pond is disguised with rock to give it a desired naturalistic appearance; a typical feature will use several tons of stone. That can be a lot of wear and tear on the family minivan and it needs to be moved and placed properly. Many Contractors & DIY homeowners will decide this to be too much work and they’ll choose small, manageable stones that are easy to move and place. While the work might be easier, this results in the pond falling short of aesthetics. Also, the pond loses the structural importance provided by the larger, more difficult-to-move boulders. In some cases, the novice pond installer will just eliminate the stonework altogether, which can look bad. Without rock and gravel, the system fails to function properly because stone not only lends to the aesthetics of the feature, but it also functions as a habitat for colonization by a variety of organisms from bacteria to crustaceans … all critical to the success of the feature.
  7. Too Small: Again, a small pond is easier to construct (less digging and rock placement) but it’s actually harder to maintain. A small feature is less stable than a larger volume of water and most people end up making the water garden larger later down the road because they not only love it but their plants and fish outgrow a small feature.
  8. Lack of Proper Filtration: Some Macomb & Oakland, Michigan (MI) area consumers thought is that real lakes, rivers, and streams function without pumps and filters, so why does their backyard pond need it? Well, that’s not even a close comparison because it’s completely different hydrology. Do-it-yourselfers sometimes purchase inadequate filters or will purchase components “a la carte.” It may be cheaper to purchase the items piecemeal, but it’s challenging because different manufacturers use different fittings and they need to be rigged to work together versus having everything matched and designed to work as a unit. Efficiency and simplicity will create a better system for your pond.
  9. Poor Access: Before you get started, think about where to place your rock and gravel when it’s delivered or where you want to place the dirt during excavation. Poor planning can lead to having little to no room to get in and out of the property during the construction process.
  10. Improper Berm Size for Waterfalls: If the mounded or bermed area for the waterfall is too small or too steep, then the waterfall will look out of place and more like a volcano than a waterfall. The berm and waterfall need to be scaled according to the size of the property and feature. Many people want a big waterfall that looks and sounds great, but it can become difficult and expensive to build and it can overpower the space. The waterfall needs to fit with the property and lifestyle of the pond owner.

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WATER FEATURES INSTALLED RIGHT!
THE FIRST TIME!

OUR SERVICE AREAS INCLUDE MACOMB & OAKLAND COUNTY MICHIGAN AND SURROUNDING AREAS.

Macomb County Service Areas
Armada, Center Line, Clinton Township,Eastpointe,Fraser, Harrison Township, Macomb,Macomb County, Mount Clemens, New Baltimore, New Haven, Ray,Richmond, Romeo, Roseville, Saint Clair,Shores, Sterling Heights, Utica, Warren, Washington,Chesterfield

St Clair County Service Areas
Algonac, Capac, Marine City, Memphis, St Clair County,Port Huron, Saint Clair

Wayne County Service Areas
Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Shores, Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe Woods, Grosse Pointe,Bellview,Harper Woods, Wayne County, Northville Plymouth

Oakland County Service Areas
Auburn, Hills, Berkley, Birmingham,
Bloofield Hills, Clarkston, Clawson, Commerce Township, Davisburg, Drayton Plains, Farmington,Ferndale, Frankin, Hazel Park, Highland, Holly,Huntington Woods, Keego Harbor, Lake Orion, Lakeville,Leonard, Madison Heights, Milford, New Hudson, Novi,Oak Park, Oakland, Oakland County, Orionville, Oxford,Pleasant Ridge, Pontiac, Rochester, Royal Oak, South Lyon, Southfield, Troy, Union Lake, Walled Lake,Waterford, West Bloomfield, White Lake, ​Wixom

MAKING THE WORLD A MORE PEACEFUL PLACE. ONE WATER FEATURE AT A TIME !