Steps to Build a Backyard Pond

Staff October 4, 2016 0
Steps to Build a Backyard Pond

Have you considered building a pond in your backyard to enhance the surroundings? There is some work attached to it but you can do the job yourself. A pond can provide you with a visually appealing backyard that your friends will love and envy you for. The following six-step process can help anyone own their own backyard pond

Step One- Location of your pond

It is important to find a great location away from trees. Falling leaves can hamper the efficiency of your pond. Place your pond in a sunny area to help your aquatic plants grow and thrive.

Your pond should also be placed in a higher area than the rest of your yard to prevent runoff water from overflowing your pond and causing further maintenance.

Step Two- Layout the area for your pond

Use something flexible to create the size and shape of your pond. A garden hose works great. Once you have the ideal look, simply take a can of spray paint and trace around the garden hose to mark the ground where you will be placing your pond. Remove the garden hose and you are ready for step three.

Step Three- Make sure to use a pond liner

Simply contact your local pond contractor and ask which liner would best suit your needs for your pond. There are several types of liners available such as PVC, pre-formed, or concrete. The liner that best suits your needs will help prevent any of the contents of your pond from escaping.

Step Four- Time to Dig Your Pond

Simply start digging the area inside your paint markings to the width and depth criteria you desire. Place the pond liner inside the pond. You can use rocks to hold the liner down. Now fill spaces with gravel, being careful not to rip or tear the liner. You can now cover the excess liner with plants, stones, pebbles and mulch to disguise the area around the pond.

Step Five- Assemble the Equipment

You can now place the water supply, lighting and filters in the location that are best suited to the eye and the equipment is functional. If not you will have to move them around until you find the ideal location. Once you find the ideal location, connect them to your electrical supply. Then simply make a drainage system for the pond.

Step Six- Add Water, Fish, and Plants

To add water, just run your garden hose to the area and start filling your new pond. You want to pay attention to the pond and look for any leaks. If there are no leaks, your job is done. You can then add plants and fish if you so desire. Plants can give your pond an even more pleasing look. If you decide to add plants give them a week to settle before adding any fish. If you would like to add fish start with one and seek the advice from your local aquarium store on how many fish can thrive per the dimensions of your pond.

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