Mark Sousa is the owner and operator of Action Water Gardens, headquartered in Tolland, CT. This is a highly regarded Landscaping company in Tolland County.

In January 1996, Mark Sousa started Action Construction & Landscaping Services in Vernon, Connecticut.

Action Construction & Landscaping Services did everything – mowing lawns, yard clean-ups, landscaping projects, building renovations and additions, Unilock patios and sidewalks, and more. In 1999, Mark began installing water features along with the patios, sidewalks, and landscaping. Not only did Mark love the ponds, waterfalls and fish, but his customers did as well. Nine years later – January 2005, Mark officially changed the name of the business to Action Water Gardens, Inc.

Originally the retail division of Action Water Gardens, Inc. was in his garage in Vernon, Connecticut. As the business expanded, it didn’t take long to outgrow the garage and the business moved to its present locationin Tolland, Connecticut. Mark renovated the overgrown landscape and a dilapidated barn at 47 Hartford Turnpike to the spectacular showroom and certified wildlife habitat it is now.

Currently, Action Water Gardens will service all of Connecticut – including Fairfield County, Hartford County, Litchfield County, Middlesex County, New Haven County, New London County, Tolland County, Windham County – as well as Western Massachusetts – including Worcester County, Hampden County and Berkshire County.

When it comes to providing expert Landscaping services, nothing takes the place of experience. Mark began working in Landscaping Over 20 years ago.  From a simple fountain to a cascading waterfall and pond, Action Water Gardens, Inc. can provide the materials and, if necessary, the expertise to help you transform your dream of your own water garden oasis into reality.

Mark Sousa (aka Dr. Pond), with his many years of experience in design and installation, can work with you and your design or he can create a custom water feature for your home, pool or office. Not quite sure of your ideas? No problem! Mark will gladly visit you at your home and have a walk-through of your yard discussing the perfect option for you.

One of Action Water Gardens’s  goals is to provide their Tolland County clients with professional and affordable services.  Action Water Gardens works with each customer to customize the details of their water feature including stones, gravel, plants, mulch, and landscaping. We strive to achieve complete customer satisfaction with every installation.

Upon completion of each installation the customer is walked through a 10 point inspection to ensure they are aware of the functions and maintenance of their new water feature.

The result, one of the most successful Landscaping companies in Tolland!  

What does the business community think? The Better Business Bureau has awarded Action Water Gardens an A+ rating.

    What do their customers think?

One fan of the company wrote, “Dear Mark, I want to thank you for everything you did. I have no idea what to expect or what the job itself entailed. The pond is absolutely gorgeous and Mom loves it! Actually we all love it. Once plantings are done in the spring it will be stunning. Plus her fish appear to be experiencing “fish nirvana.” I do believe they are enjoying the bigger space as well. The waterfalls are amazing and the sound is wonderful. The little “cave” for the fish is also quite the bonus for them. I can’t say enough great things about it. Of course Mom can! You are certainly a hard and dedicated worker who creates amazing works of “living landscape art.” It was nice to see you and get a chance to talk for a while. Ideas have been set in motion and perhaps there will be some pond work, for our place, in the near future. Thanks again! Lisa Kiro From East Hartford, CT.”

Another fan of the Action Water Gardens wrote, “Mark came out to do a consult on our very old, very broken small pond/waterfall. It had not worked for four years, since the fire destroyed the house. One of his suggestions during his extensive review of the area was a pondless waterfall, which was what we decided to do. Mark has over 20 years experience in water gardens. He and his crew did a magnificent job. His vision for what rocks would work in which locations and what could be accomplished in that particular spot was fantastic, and when he was finished, not only were we more than pleased, he left the area very clean. The sound of the falling water and the beauty of the spot at night as well as day is a huge improvement in the landscape. We highly recommend Mark to anoyone considering a water garden of any kind. -Karen Zimmer From Mansfield Center, CT.”

Having owner operated experts, like Mark providing knowledgeable and expert care is an asset to Tolland and Tolland of County, CT.

Business owners take risks and often work long, exhaustive hours to service their clients. There are freedoms in owning a business, but these freedoms come at a cost. Rarely acknowledged are business owners like Mark Sousa that employ people and ensure their staff are paid continuously. Sure, people earn their wages through their time, hard work and skills, but let’s take a moment and thank Mark for having and continuing the business ownership game that allows people an opportunity to produce and earn those wages.

Need Landscaping service? Give Action Water Gardens an opportunity by visiting them at 47 Hartford Turnpike (Route 30) Tolland, CT 06084, Tolland or by calling them at 860-875-2359.

In addition to running a successful Landscaping business, Mark enjoys spending time with his family and camping.

So from the staff of Local Search Force that runs the County Advisory Board

Mark Sousa, you are highly commended for your service to the residents of Tolland County, for having and maintaining a business that adds to the financial well-being of CT and for your willingness to participate in social betterment activities.


Well done Mark Sousa!

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