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Re: ponds

Most of the subdivision lots have 6 foot privacy fences around the back 
yards, dividing the yards, unless they are large (acre or more).  This allows one 
to have a swimming pool, pond, etc. without any problems.  I do have some ponds 
in the front yard, which is not fenced.  The law is that anything deeper than 
18" is considered a swimmingpool and must be fenced, 18" and under is 
considered a water feature.   Not that anyone could not drown in 18" as well, but I 
think with all the fountains, reflective pools, etc. in the Houston 
area....practically every office bldg. etc. has some sort of water feature in the front, 
it would be difficult to enforce a law for fencing for all of these.  Plus 
there are a lot of natural bayous, ponds, lakes, etc. in the area, and none of 
these are fenced either.

zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast

In a message dated 1/28/2004 11:02:38 PM Central Standard Time, 
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:
Many of you have sizeable ponds.  I assume you all have your
> > properly fenced.  I have only a small pond and only 18" which does
> > require a
> > fence.  I use only gold fish which I take to AquaLand in the fall
> > in the
> > spring they give me a discount on new fish.  We had a waterfall when
> > we first put
> > a pond in and that pond was a preformed liner.  We moved the pond,
> > used a
> > liner and added a spurter which provides water sound.  I do have a
> > small water
> > feature in my indoor garden room which runs on a timer.  On days
> > today, the
> > sound of water is not so calming but rather chilling.

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