Here at Premier Ponds, we know Frederick, MD pretty well. In fact, Mike Kurylo actually lives in Frederick! He grew up down the road in Gaithersburg and has decided that Frederick is more his style.
If you currently live in Frederick or some of the surrounding areas, there is one big thing that make you a bit different from the rest of our happy customers! When it comes to building ponds, we have to dig a hole in the ground. The top of the pond sits at ground level or pretty close to it.
In Frederick, the ground has a lot of Shale in it. What this does for us is it makes the ground very difficult to dig! We use a very limited amount of machines at Premier Ponds so we’re having to stick shovels into all this rock, which changes the process a bit. At this point, we generally do a combination of two things:
- Use a jackhammer to dig the ground
- Build above the ground so the pond sits on top of ground level
The way this works is we’ll use our one and only jackhammer (aka Jack C. Hammer – make sure you ask Mike what the “C.” stands for when he comes out to the job) to dig down deep enough and then use that as our “bottom of pond.” Then, we’ll build a bit above the ground so make sure that that “bottom of pond” is still the 24″ below the top of the pond.