Tim Matson is an award winning author about ponds, pond design, and pond building. If you are into pond building, planning to build a pond, or repairing an existing pond, you have come to the right place. Tim consults with scores of property owners each year, providing advice and counsel at reasonable rates. Photo by Joe Mehling.
Each month, Tim writes an original essay about pond maintenance; the latest trends in design; ecological concerns; and wetlands regulations. NEWS FROM THE WATERFRONT can be delivered directly to you via email. Use the contact form to sign up for the pondology, or contact Tim about your pond project.
JUNE 2019: Progress in pond building over the past fifty years has been brilliant. Once upon a time ponds were build with lumbering Caterpillars pushing dirt out of a wet hole to raise a dam, or dug bucket by bucket with draglines, and before that by oxen pulling scoops. Now lasers determine dam elevations, excavators with 70ft reach dig basins, and wide track dozers compact the pool, embankment, and shore. Pond building in 1970s Vermont was often an untutored venture with uncertain outcome that's fascinating to reflect on and contrast to modern pond creations. Visit those intrepid days of yesteryear by clicking here.
"Aside from some particularly thoughtful frogs and phragmites, no one on earth knows more about ponds than Tim Matson. His books have counseled and consoled me through the digging of two ponds, making a daunting process far more interesting and pleasurable than it deserved to be. His... A to Z Encyclopedia is the ultimate pond-owner's companion, brimming with sound advice, smart suggestions, and answers to ancient riddles. But this book doesn't only instruct -- there's delight here too." Michael Pollan,
author of the Botany of Desire, Cooked, How to Change Your Mind, and more.