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Ready to build a pond? Thinking about improving or repairing an existing pond? Tim Matson can help guide you through the process. Below are some photos of ponds Tim helped create.

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Tim Matson, a prize-winning writer and aquaculture consultant, has been advising people how to build and maintain ponds and wetlands for more than 25 years through Earth Ponds, his pond design and restoration consulting firm. He has written numerous articles on ponds and aquaculture for Yankee, Harrowsmith Country Life, Country Journal, Vermont Life, Audubon, and other periodicals. He is the author of the Earth Ponds, Earth Ponds Sourcebook, and Earth Ponds A to Z. He also produced the Earth Ponds Video. Matson has presented his ideas at seminars and conferences around the U.S. He lives in Vermont. Tim Matson Earth Ponds Consultant
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A lovely home pond for swimming and fishing.
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This three-quarter acre excavated pond yields the waterfront vista that many land owners wish for: a home with a pond view. In fact, the owners can keep an eye on swimmers, migrating waterfowl, or an occasional moose from the house as well as a separate cabin closer to shore. The pond was excavated in marshy terrain, with waste material used to build a well-drained shore area and a berm to deflect a large stream from running directly into the pond (prevents sedimentation). The water sources are ground water, springs, and a smaller intermittent stream. The pond is used for swimming, skating, raising trout, fire protection, and wildlife habitat. A native spillway (no overflow pipe) adds to the natural appearance.
An embankment pond
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Located on country property a few miles from their New England village home, this embankment pond is the centerpiece of a rural getaway. With a half-acre surface and 12 foot depth, it's sourced by a small stream, springs, and ground water. The spillway is a drop inlet overflow pipe with optional drain for cleanouts and repairs. Granite stonework includes steps into the water, viewing benches, and a reinforced peninsula used as a terrace and diving area next to a sandy beach. A pergola, teepee, and cabin along the perimeter enhance the pond with places for shade and camping.
Hillside pond with a great view!
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This one-half acre embankment pond lies in a large sloping pasture about 100 yards below the owner's hilltop house. The pond transformed a wet area which was unable to be mowed into a landscaping highlight. The house was built years before the pond, and the owners were fortunate to find a viable pond site located along the home's predominant southern oriented sightline. The pond is 12 feet deep, and has been stocked with trout. Crawfish help keep alga under control.
Lupines at ponds edge.
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A new pond never quite looks the way you anticipate -- for some reason, in fact, it often looks better than you imagined. Landscaping around the shore can also yield unexpected pleasures. A few lupines planted at the top of this shoreline slope spread over the years into a perennial cascade of blue. Something about the moist soil, southern orientation, and reflected light off the water, combined to the delight of these flowers, and the pond owners. Marsh marigolds planted along the edge of the inflow stream unhappily disappeared, only to reemerge at the opposite end of the pond, along the spillway channel. Not only is each pond unique, but they seem to have a will of their own.

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