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"HORRORS and EYESORES" by SELF-STYLED "POND EXPERTS", LANDSCAPERS and "THE MAN YOU KNOW WITH A DIGGER". Here's the worst (or best) HORRORS and EYESORES, including some we've rectified...

Chapter Two...Even More!


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NOTE THAT THE ABOVE IS NOT ONE OF OURS!!!

Then there's the art of blending...or NOT, AS DEMONSTRATED BY THE ABOVE!

For a "Natural Water Feature" to look and feel right, you have to blend it into it's surroundings.
This was built, the clients told US, "By a well known Pond Builder", not a Landscaper!
The clients called it "The Great Wall".

Although building anything with this type of rock is difficult, with experience it's possible to create something that looks very natural....but you've got no chance if the rocks are all similar in size, because AGAIN these are DIY rocks, and they are all similar in size because that's all the Merchants sell!
The biggest mistake he's made here is to not allow enough space to blend it in. The way it's been done it could never look anything other than a wall of rock. Basically a complete lack of imagination, and with Naturalistic Design and Build you must have plenty of imagination to be able to visualise the end result...BEFORE you start to build!

SO... why choose us, well, next you'll see how we rebuilt it...make a visual note of the pines behind...



These are exactly the same rocks, but used with the addition of some very interesting pieces (which you cannot buy from Stone Merchants or Builders Yards) which make all the difference.

Also we have enlarged the pool itself and brought it further out from the fence. And that allows for more depth for the "Upper Waterfalls" and of course for the planting that blends it into the background.

As it was positioned and built before, AGAIN there was no space to plant.

Then there's the sound that they make...sitting beside a lovely trickling waterfall, in your own garden can be very restful. So imagine closing your eyes and sitting beside the next "ECONOMY" example...



Well you'd want to shut your eyes wouldn't you!!!

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Then there's just the plain ugly. Built with no art whatsoever!



Here's a ladies dream...she was told, she wailed, that "they knew what they were doing".
She was told that "the ground would hold water without a liner. But WE knew after just 5 seconds of looking at the ground that there was never any way that it would have held water, without a liner!

Now what else might help you DECIDE? Coming up next...if you saw this crew perhaps you might have an inkling that something wasn't quite right, with their convincing claim that the "hole" would hold water...



"No problem I'll look after the fishy for you...just until the pond stays full, which of course it will, doesn't need a liner...it's just evaporation, errr...global warming you see, nothing at all to do with us...



NOT ONE OF OURS...but these people are still out there building water features

Doesn't it just bring a smile to your face...but not if you paid somebody to build this!

If you look closely you can just see the two "Natural Streams" pouring out from the heap of rock...errr sorry, from the "Rock Garden".
And just look how cleverly they've planted the little crevices...so natural, you would think you were looking at a real mountain!



And this?

We cannot even begin to think what they thought they were going to do next!

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Now this IS a good piece of stone work...good, if it was a wall that is...but "Natural", don't think so.

We call this the "Omaha" style because it looks like it belongs on Omaha Beach with a machine gun sticking out of it!

The person that built this is a "Qualified Landscaper", which means he's got paper qualifications, which prove he can build walls, as you can see, but when it comes to "Natural Water Features", he doesn't have a clue about artistic or subtle.

You cannot be taught to create something that compares to the real thing, it's a feel, it comes from walking in mountains, from studying not books, but nature.
It comes from studying how water moves over and around rocks and with practice it's possible to recreate (in a very small and humble way) the work of Mother Nature.
And when you've got that you then have to create something that looks really natural in such a way that it DOESN'T LEAK!

And that to Landscapers- Basic Pond Builders (however good they might be at everyday Landscaping), is the difficult part and why they cannot avoid building monstrosities like this one, and most of the others in this section too!



NOTE THAT THE ABOVE IS NOT ONE OF OURS!!!

This is one we found at a well known Aquatic Centre, that also have a Pond Building Team, and they presumably built this example!



Our OWN staff and PARTNERS cover the UK creating specialist gardens, as well as water gardens, from various branches and bases....on this page you will find projects in Scotland, Oxford, Wales, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire, Wiltshire, Yorkshire, Berkshire, Cotswolds, Worcestershire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Dorset, West Midlands, Surrey, Lancashire, Lake District Cambridgeshire, Bath, Bristol, Devon and Hampshire.



DAVENTRY NORTHAMPTONSHIRE...this IS NOT a DIY job!!!
JUST LOOK AT THAT...terrible use of rock...again too many all the same size and shape.

Another thing you have to have experience with is the "Power of Nature"...you need to know where to, and where NOT to, build water features.

There's almost always a way to accommodate Mother Nature, but it takes years of experience to get right...and even then sometimes you can get caught out. But experience allows you to build in options that allow you to modify your plans if necessary.

Here you can see a stream, well I say that, but you probably can't with so much rock! If you look closely you can just see a "paving slab" used as a waterfall, just above the top right of the birdbath. But what you can't see is that it comes out about twenty feet back up the hillside...so it's a fairly long stream.

Which of course you would never see, even without plants growing over...unbelievable!



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Another fine mess! The water became trapped below the liner. AND THAT'S BECAUSE THEY WEREN'T EXPERIENCED ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW TO BUILD A LINED STREAM ON A HILLSIDE!

And whilst we're looking at this, a very common mistake is to build ponds that are too small for the streams that they have to fill.

Mathematically you have to know how much water, and therefore how large the bottom pond has to be for the design to work.
As mentioned previously, here's a fairly long stream, but there's not enough water in the bottom pond to fill the stream. In other words the pond would be pumped dry and still the stream wouldn't be full enough to recirculate.

We rebuilt it properly!