How to Build Ponds and Waterfalls and Much More...: The Complete Guide

How to Build Ponds and Waterfalls and Much More…: The Complete Guide

How to Build Ponds and Waterfalls and Much More… was written with the consumer in mind: it’s a show and tell presentation of everything needed to build spectacular water gardens. Jeffrey Reid proves that knowing the correct steps and using the right product for the job practically guarantees success. The methods shown in these chapters are proven, and have been taught to thousands of do-it-yourselfers.

In an easy-to-read and easy-to-understand format, this book shows readers how to build ponds and waterfalls, as well as providing information about Koi fish, submersible pumps, water lilies, water features, water garden designs, UV lights, rock placement, filter systems, pond fish, marginal plants, preformed ponds, excavating, pond liners, plumbing, and landscaping.

Adding a pond or waterfall to your landscape can be very rewarding. “How to Build Ponds and Waterfalls and Much More…” ensures it will also be successful.


  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press (MN) (January 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564651959
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564651952
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  1. This is mostly a picture book with very little detail. I read it in under an hour and still had no idea about issues like electrical, pump size, and caluculating flow for a waterfall. If I was in a brick and mortar store, I would have never bought this title. Instead, I have found a lot of use out of “Ortho’s All about Garden Pools and Fountains”.

  2. In my opinion,this book is a very superficial overview of pond construction. A far better choice is “Ortho’s All About Building Waterfalls, Ponds, and Streams”, for the same price [or slightly cheaper]. “Ortho’s” covers the topic much more thoroughly than this “complete guide”.

  3. If you are a beginer in pond building and you need everything explained to details, do not buy this book. I bought it and it’s just not good. You can read it under a hour and you’ll see only pictures with nothing on them.

  4. This book is well illustrated and explained – there are numerous examples. For a first-time builder like me, the information on excavating, plumbing and landscaping was very useful.I have a beautiful pond in my backyard now. I haven’t started on my waterfall yet but will look back into this book when I do. I used another book to get started – A Complete Introduction to Garden Ponds and that’s a good book too if you are a beginner.

  5. The book has great pictures but no real detail about how to build ponds or waterfalls. How disappointed we were when we received the book. We will look for other books but will not purchase them online. We need to be able to see what is inside the cover.

  6. The book is ok. I feel it was more like reading the cliff notes on how to build a pond. No detail in filtration techniques. The pictures are good and it will work but I feel there could have been more.

  7. Excellent fundamental instructions for ponds and waterfalls. If you are doing a stream also, you might want to consult another title or two on the same subject. You will also need some more education on plants for your pond. But for basic pond and waterfall, this is the best I have read.

  8. My feeling is the people who liked this book have only seen other ugly backyard ponds. I was hoping to find something to help me make a pond that looks real, not something with bark mulch and stones strewn around that looks fake like these.

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