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New Pond Construction = Free Pond Maintenance

Are you thinking of having a koi pond, water garden or a pondless water feature installed? Now is the time to give us a call and see what we can do for you. For a limited time, So-Cal Ponds, Inc. is offering FREE POND MAINTENANCE with any new pond construction.

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Setting rock during new pond construction

That’s right, if you have So-Cal Ponds, Inc. design and build a new pond you will receive one months (4 visits*) of free pond maintenance. Every new pond owner could use a little help in the first few weeks with their new pond and we want to do just that. Every pond will go through major changes in the first few months, even the first year, changes which can confuse and frustrate a new pond owner. We want to be there to explain what your pond is going through and help you feel confident in knowing that your pond is on the right track. If you have So-Cal Ponds, Inc. design and build your new pond, then you qualify for this great offer.

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Pink water lily

By having So-Cal Ponds, Inc. design your pond we can guarantee that the pond will be constructed correctly, whether it be an ecosystem pond, a hybrid ecosystem pond with an under gravel suction grid or a dedicated koi pond. Having us design and install it from the beginning will allow us to ensure that your pond will have adequate filtration for a healthy aquatic ecosystem. We see so many ponds that have been constructed by other pond or landscape companies with inadequate water flow and insufficient filtration which will lead to a pond with sludge buildup, algae issues, green water and sick fish (and of course, an unhappy pond owner).

Once you schedule your Design Consultation, our lead designer (who is also the president/owner) will meet at your residence to discuss with you your design options and will address any concerns, questions and ideas you may have for your proposed water feature. We will go over the various styles and see what best suites your desires. There are many looks and styles of ponds, selecting the ONE style you are looking for is important to us.

Koi fish eating
Hungry Koi Fish

Whether it be a koi pond stocked full of beautiful koi fish or a simple water garden with exotic aquatic plants, we will go over the design and build process with you. We will explain the various types of filtration and the benefits of each. We ask you to please take a look at our Design Guide to get you thinking of which style of pond you may want recommended you read.

Whichever size or style of water feature you decide on, So-Cal Ponds, Inc. wants to be the company that brings your dream to a reality.

Water Garden Expo Pond Build

Pondliner is a nation-wide distributor of pond products and every year they host the Water Garden Expo for the industry.Eric Triplett It’s open to contractors and retailers across the nation and many manufacturers come to show off their newest products. There are two days packed with seminars from the country’s top pond builders, motivational speakers, business persons, web developers etc. Some years they have a pond installation demonstration. This year Helix Life Support, an innovative pond filtration manufacturer, was asked to lead the pond build. Our good friend Eric Triplett, aka The Pond Digger, led the project.  Eric called in The Helix Nation and anyone else who wanted to participate.

Day 1

Eric, myself and about 8 other guys (and ladies) pond excavation-2-2
met up with a crew already hard at work. They had a majority of the hole dug and had begun excavating for the plumbing. We went over a few points and began to shape the hole into a pond. We widened it about 3 feet and dug another 18″ down. After several hours the sun was beginning to set and the temperature began to drop.

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We were worried we would get frozen out the next day so we quickly installed the underlayment and liner before heading out.  We enjoyed a delicious home cooked meal by our local Helix Retailer, Mike Miller and his wife, which filled our bellies after a long hard days work (Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Miller!)


Day 2 

We arrived on site the next morning at 7 a.m. ready to get it done.wge liner-2-2 We immediately began finishing up a little bit of excavation we had left to do, stockpiled rock, inventoried our pumps, filters, lights and plumbing. by 7:30 a.m. several guys, including our very own pond wizard Mike White, installed his under gravel filtration setup. This is a custom filtration system that is installed on the bottom of the pond and covered with 6″s of gravel. This type of filtration is to be used with an external pump and will greatly help increase the over clarity and health of the pond. If you are considering an under gravel filtration system it is best to contact your local Authorized Helix Contractor to ensure that it is installed properly.wge sgf-2-2 Once the under gravel plumbing was installed, a team immediately began constructing the rock walls from the bottom up. Another team worked on the external life support system, another on the skimmer, and one began working on the logistics for the waterfall. Eric wanted to bring a bit of the So-Cal style to this project. We used a unique style of stacking stone which was was done by our New Jersey crew Fitz’s Fish Ponds and the local boys from Bedrock Nursery.
East Coast/West CoastBy lunch time we had the main portion of the pond rocked in and the waterfall was well underway.  The skimmer was installed and rocks were placed around it, the external life support was up and running and we began working on the edge treatment. We used a lot of large stone on the job and it required a keen eye to set them and an excavator to move them around.



large pond rockWe had our New Mexico Authorized Contractor Michael Northway directing the stone and Benjamin Timmermans from North Carolina skillfully following the direction of Michael on the excavator swinging 2,000 pound boulders around and setting them exactly where they needed to be.


By this time the “audience” was getting anxious to see the flow of the water through the skillfully constructed waterfall. Setting 2,000 pound boulders is not a task that is easy nor quick. A pond build of this magnitude, although limited on time, should not be rushed.

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At this time we were all working on the finishing touches such as the edge treatment, tweaking the rocks, back filling soil, and working on the finished grade. With the 5 machines we had and the 100+ people present, the area was pretty torn up and needed some love. We graded the area, spread topsoil, and were able to add plants and mulch around the pond.

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We had an aquatic plant specialist Kelly Billing who kindly shared her years of knowledge with the group on the benefits of aquatic plants in the pond. After she spoke we made some last minute tweaks and turned the pumps on. Within a minute or so, the waterfall came to life and began flowing at maximum flow. Everything flowed just the way we wanted it to. The gravel grid was doing its job, the skimmer was skimming and the two water fall filters along with the external Ultima II were filtering.
By this time the sun was to our backs and unfortunately did not make for a good photo op.  We had great weather all day and we were beat. It was now time for us to return to the hotel, shower up and eat a nice hearty meal…. and enjoy an adult beverage or two.

The crew

Usually with a job this size and with all the “moving parts” it would take a normal pond crew a week or more to finish. We had over 30 people “in the pit”, over 75 people observing, 2 excavators and two full sized skid steers operating non-stop all day. There was Eric, who lead the job with over 10 Authorized Helix Contractors, and at least 20 other dedicated pond contractors with several new guys whom have never built a pond working side by side with no arguments, very few disagreements… it was nothing but teamwork, smiles and high fives.

I am honored to have participated with such a dedicated group of men and women and stoked we were able to finish the pond in less than 12 hours. By the end of the day, our bodies consumed GALLONS of water and over 30 pizzas along with salad, chips and soda.

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If you’re ever in Shawnee, Oklahoma stop by the Pond Pro Shop and ask to see the Renaissance Pond!