August 29, 2018
Swim Ponds!
Natural swimming ponds offer a tranquil escape from reality. Nature lovers and chlorine haters, rejoice. There’s a new pool in town. By pool, we mean pond.
These ecosystem swimming creations are environmentally-friendly and will protect you from chemicals!  

If you care about the Earth, or if you hate the way your skin smells and feels after swimming in a chlorinated pool, consider going au natural.
What is a swimming pond?
Split 50/50 to accommodate vegetation and swimming. The swimming pond has recently been dubbed as the new and improved backyard pond. The plant section of the pond is around a foot deep, while the swimming area typically ranges from six-and-a-half to eight feet deep. Timber usually separates the two zones.
How clean is it without chemicals?
Very. The regeneration portion isn’t just there for ambiance, it’s also the pond’s natural filter. Plants like flag irises and water lilies keep phosphate levels in check while getting rid of nitrates so there’s no algae. Gravel also plays a role in filtering the pond.
To keep the water moving, go the scenic route with a waterfall or install a small pump – this will also help keep the pond clean.
Bonus: Your natural oasis will attract wildlife (think dragon flies, birds, tadpoles), which will help control pesky insects. To avoid snakes, the surrounding grass is kept as short as peach fuzz.
Create an oasis by adding a gazebo, pavilion or pergola! Visit our website to view some Berlin Garden options!
Does a swimming pond cost more than a pool?
The upfront payment is more expensive because of the regeneration zone, but the cost per square foot is about the same. Thinking ahead, the initial cost pays off. Unheated natural ponds evaporate less than normal pools, don’t have energy costs, and you save around $350-500 on chemicals and chlorine.
How much does a swimming pond cost?
The design you choose plays into the overall cost of installation. Here’s a rough estimate of what a basic natural pond will cost:
Up to 100 square ft (swimming area 30 ft x 15 ft) $90,000 — $110,000
Up to 150 square ft (swimming area 40 ft x 20 ft) $110,000 — $120,000
Up to 200 square ft (swimming area 50 ft x 24 ft) $120,000 — $135,000 >
2000 square feet > $135,000
Kids love swimming ponds.
Is it maintenance-heavy?
A pond requires less maintenance than a pool. You don’t have to worry about chemicals, the pond essentially cleans itself, and you can keep it uncovered and full during the winter (ponds make great ice-skating rinks).
Tend to it as you would a garden – and make sure the surface is skimmed.
Check out this video to learn more!!
Call us at Mock Property Services!
What’s the difference between a retaining wall and a garden wall?
A number of landscaping elements have similar terms but mean very different things. Getting them mixed up can cost you time and money.
We all know what a house’s walls do: they divide rooms and perhaps support the roof and upper floors of the home. Indoor walls receive pressure from above, i.e. vertical pressure.
Walls used in landscaping can have similar looks but provide very different functions.
A few uses for outdoor walls:
  • Retaining slopes and creating more usable land space
  • Defining a garden bed
  • Support
  • Seating
A retaining wall is a strong structure that is made to keep a hill, slope or mound of earth in place. Unlike indoor walls, retaining walls receive pressure horizontally instead of vertically. Due to the weight of the earth behind the wall, a retaining structure must adhere to high construction standards. Almost always, a retaining wall is part of a system which may include Geogrid, stone, and drainage pipe in addition to the decorative, front-facing wall block. Unlike garden or free-standing walls, retaining walls typically require engineering and civic approvals. Retaining walls can be of any height but are usually higher than 3 feet.
Garden walls

Garden walls are low walls, usually about 18-24 inches in height, that line a landscape feature. The garden wall acts as a division between the installed feature and the rest of the landscape. These smaller decorative walls act to bring emphasis to the landscape element and to provide visual and architectural interest to the design as a whole. Garden walls are not meant to withstand the weight pressure of heavy, packed earth. Topsoil is relatively light and can be supported by a garden wall. Like retaining walls, garden walls are also typically one-sided wall units.
Support walls

A landscape wall built for supporting outdoor structures are sturdy installations that are designed to hold the vertical weight of architectural elements like pillars, gazebos, gates, pergolas or fencing. Support walls must be strong to withstand the vertical pressure applied by the constructed element. These walls will typically be double-sided, i.e. surfaced with decorative stone on all exposed sides.
Seating wall
Seating walls are built to provide a permanent arrangement for guest accommodation. Seating walls can define a patio or circle a fire pit or outdoor fireplace. While seating walls do support some vertical weight as they are used, they are not considered to be retaining or structure-support walls. Seating walls will use double-sided wall systems as they are visible from both sides. Like garden walls, seating walls have their own construction methodology which is simpler than that used for retaining walls. Seating walls often are terminated by columns which can support lighting or decorative planters.
Depending on what style wall you choose, you may need cap stones to finish the installation. While some walls are “self-capping” solid units, other units are hollow and require a cap to finish off the wall. Typically, only garden walls are solid and self-capping. Caps come in both single and double sided and are typically 2 to 3 inches in height. There are also square caps for columns.
Enhancing your landscape with a stone wall is a great investment in your home.  Consult with Mock Property Services to learn what kind of wall is best for you.
Published: August 10, 2018 by EPHenry
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Fall Pond Prep Early Buy
Fall is right around the corner.  Now is the time to take an inventory of your Fall Pond Prep Supplies, and take advantage of our early buy program!  Place your order by September 15th and SAVE!  Click the link below to check out our great deals!
Call Cari at Mock Pond and Landscape Supply to learn more!  330-628-9100
Don’t forget…FREE FISH FRIDAYS are in effect through September!  Visit Mock Pond and Landscape Supply and spend $25 to receive a FREE 3-4″ goldfish!










Happy Birthday!
NEW FOR 2019!!
Join our Birthday Club and receive a FREE 3-4″ Select Koi!  Simply respond to this email with the month and day of your birth (year not necessary) and we will add you to the Birthday Club!  At the start of your birthday month we will email you a coupon to claim your gift!  No purchase necessary!
(One Birthday Club Fish per household, per year.  Additional koi will be extra)
*Photo cred:  Fresh Fish Co.
Fall Mulch!
At Mock Pond and Landscape Supply, we have 4 colors of double shredded hardwood mulch available!  Protect those plants and shrubs from the upcoming winter, and put down a fresh layer now that it has cooled off a bit.
Natural (non-dyed) Mulch is now just $16/yard!
Dyed Black, Brown and Red are $28/yard!
Delivery is $35, and available with a minimum of 24 hours notice, weekdays only.
We also have screened topsoil, sand, limestone, and decorative gravel.  Call today for pricing!
Back by popular demand…
We will soon re-introduce our Loyalty Rewards Card!  Visit us and earn FREE stuff!  Keep your eyes open for details!

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