keeping koi, building koi ponds and landscaping around koi ponds in Minnesota
2016-2017 Lower Pond version 5
This will be our first above ground, rectangular, concrete pond. While there wasn’t a need to re-do the lower pond, the pond digger was itching to have another pond project and I didn’t want a third pond right now. Of course creating a new pond also means we’ll be doing some major landscaping projects. Should keep us busy in 2017.
11.26.2016 Wall building started this afternoon and ended early in the evening.
Here’s a few lessons learned:
1. Dig the hole 3-4′ wider than the final pond dimensions.
2. Take into account inner versus outer dimensions of the final pond.
3. Digging in an area without landscaping in place is helpful.
4. Getting in and out of the hole requires ladders and some balance, plan accordingly.
5. Large tarps and some lumber to protect the build site will ensure you are not creating a mud pit.
6. Contract out as much work as possible.
7. Having a helper is a good idea.
12.1.2016 Part 2 of the concrete pour happened today. The insulated concrete form block structure was braced and concrete was pumped in from trucks parked on the street. A team of two guys worked their way around the structure a few times. Concrete is at 80% strength in about 3 days and it will continue to cure over the winter months.
Spring finally arrives and work on the upper pond is complete – time to get the lower pond going!