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3 Reasons to Attend the Moonlight Pond Tour

1. Inspiration

We promise, if you attend the Moonlight Pond Tour, you will walk away inspired. Whether you’re dreaming about a pond, already have one and want ideas, or you just enjoy beautiful landscapes, the Moonlight Pond Tour is a must-see.

Gazebo Over the Pond

2. It’s a Family-Friendly Event

We love it when people bring their friends and family, let the kids splash in the water, and roast s’mores around the campfire.

Roasting S’mores around the Campfire

3. Mark The Pond Guy

The Moonlight Pond Tour is a great time to ask Mark The Pond Guy’s questions about your pond project. Bring photos of your yard or project and he can give you ideas and direction.

Mark The Pond Guy Speaking at the Tour

Moonlight Pond Tour Gallery


Aquatic Plants Inspiration Gallery

© 2012 Heather Harp

Four Before and After Projects

Nothing inspires a water garden lover like great before-and-after pictures! These are some of our favorites, as they show how a water garden can transform your space.

Want to see your water feature on our blog? Just email your photos and story to heather@markthepondguy.com.

Letter from the Pondless® Waterfall Winner

Note from Mark The Pond Guy: Every year, my company holds a drawing for a free Pondless® Waterfall. This year, the lady who won the Pondless® wrote this letter to us and I thought I would share it.

When Mark called me to say I’d won the pond, I was shocked, surprised & excited all at the same time.

But then I had to think about what I was going to do with a pond. My 1st thought was my back yard, but I already have a natural pond in my back yard.

Then I remembered that about 3 years ago my mom (JoAnne Brown) started this rock wall in front of my sisters house, (whom she lived with).

She wanted to build a waterfall & pond, but only got as far as the rocks before she passed away in July of ’08. So I called my sister & said we can finish mama’s waterfall & we can finally spread some of her ashes there. That wall has been her memorial & my sister Sheryl, her husband Lucky, myself & the entire family will be able to gather around & look at the wonderful beauty she has always cherished.

Thank you so much Mark & everyone at “The Pond Store” for bringing a little piece of Heaven into our hearts & allowing mama’s waterfall to be finished!

Thank you,


Pond Calculations

Use this handy pond calculation list to find: pond gallonage, stream gallonage, quantity of gravel used in the pond, and more!

Approximate Gallons of Water in a POND
Length x Width x 80% x Avg. Depth x 7.48 = total gallons

Example: an 11′ x 16′ pond, average depth 1′. 11 x 16 x .8 x 1 x 7.48 = 1,053.184 ≈ 1,000 gallons

Approximate Gallons of Water in a STREAM
(Length x Width x .25 (Depth) x 7.48) = Gallons in the stream ≈ 30 gallons

If you have a pond with a stream, calculate the gallonage of each seperately and then add them together.

Approximate Gallons of Water in a PONDLESS ® WATERFALL BASIN
With Stone
Length x Width x Depth x 2.2 = Gallons in the Basin
With Large Matrix
Length x Width x Depth / 4.3 = Number of matrix used
Number of matrix used x 32 = Gallons in the Basin
With Small Matrix
Length x Width x Depth / 2.3 = Number of matrix used
Number of matrix used x 17 = Gallons in the Basin

Electrical Consumption / Conversions
Amps x Volts ÷ 1,000 x .10 (kw/perhour) x 24 hrs x 30.4 days = Monthly Cost
Watts = volts x amps
Amps = watts ÷ volts

Rock Calculation for the POND
Length x Width ÷ 40 = Tons of boulders
***Using a 1:2:1 ratio***
For every (1 TON) of 6”-12” rock, Get (2 TON) of 12”-18” and (1 TON) of 18”-24”

Quantity of Boulders used in a STREAM
For Every 10’ of STREAM = (1 ½ TON) using 1:2:1 RATIO from above

Quantity of GRAVEL Used in the POND
Pond Gravel = 30% total tons of pond boulders

Quantity of GRAVEL Used in the STREAM
Stream Gravel = 30% total tons of STREAM Boulders

Small MicroPond/ D.I.Y. Rock Calculation for the POND
Length x Width ÷ 65 = Tons of boulders

Small MicroPond / D.I.Y. Quantity of Boulders used in a STREAM

For Every 10’ of STREAM = (½ TON) 6”-12” & (½ TON) 12”-18”

Pond Design

Pond design is one of the most important things to consider during the “pondering” stage of your water gardening journey. There are several key things to keep in mind when designing and installing your pond, such as budget, style and size, just to name a few.


Your budget will directly affect the size and type of your water feature. Embark with an idea of what you want to spend, and research accordingly.

Tip from Mark The Pond Guy on your Budget: Spending a little more (time & money) at the beginning will save you time and frustration in the long run. Invest in high-quality products and buy your materials from a reputable source. By designing your pond well, you will reduce your need for maintenance over time.


Once you have identified your budget, decide what kind of water feature would best suit your yard.

An ecosystem pond

There are several different types to choose from: the “pre-formed” pond, an ecosystem pond, and Pondless® Waterfalls, just to name a few.


The pre-formed pond is a good way to get introduced to the water gardening hobby. The cost is low but the maintenance is usually high with these types of features. Also, it is difficult to make them look natural and add the filtration necessary for maintenance control.

An ecosystem pond is a very popular entry-level feature for several different reasons. Because a flexible 45 mil EPDM liner is used, the design possibilites are virtually endless. You can customize the shape to fit in many locations. They are relatively easy to install, making the ecosystem pond a good choice for the DIY pond builder. They tend to require much less maintenance than other comparable water features such as a pre-formed pond, a formal water feature or a concrete pond.

Many people opt for the Pondless® Waterfall for the low-maintenance benefits. A Pondless® Waterfall is the best way to acheive a natural-looking feature without the added maintenance of a pond.

A Pondless® Waterfall

Now that you have an idea of what style of water feature you want, let’s move to the next aspect of pond design.


One of the most common mistakes homeowners make when choosing the location of their water feature is placing the pond in a remote corner of their yard. Keep your water feature close to living areas! The ability to interact with your feature, not only outside but also from inside your house, is one of the greatest benefits of pond ownership. It is a wonderful thing to have a water feature to drown out the noise of the neighborhood or nearby roads, as well as providing a habitat for wildlife.

Some locations to avoid placing your feature: the lowest point in your yard, under the canopy of a large tree, in full sunlight, and over utility lines, septic or other underground obstacles.


Believe it or not, one of the most common complaints I receive from my pond customers is that they wish their pond was bigger. Remember, a 10′ x 10′ pond may sound large, but once the rocks are placed inside the pond, it seems so much smaller!

An example of a large ecosystem pond

Keep your pond size to scale with the rest of your landscape. If you have a large yard a very small feature may not be the best option. Keep in mind that you want your water feature to look as though Mother Nature herself placed it there.

Written by Heather (Mark The Pond Guy’s daughter)

Before and After Photos – MaryLou’s Project

To Mark The Pond Guy

Mark, just a note to tell how wonderful my new water feature is. It brings such peace and serenity to


 my patio that is now a joy to sit out there in the evening and listen to the water falling over the falls into the pond.

I also would like to add that your crew who came out to build my new water feature were so kind, efficient, courteous and did a great job at cleaning everything up when they were through, almost like they had not even been there, the area was absolutely spotless.

I would be proud to recommend you and your wonderful crew to anyone who is planning to have a water feature added in their landscape.


MaryLou Decker