The Watery (Not So) Deep -- A Handy Guide To Building A Backyard Pond

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Are you looking for a fun and summery addition to your yard's landscaping? A pond might be just what the doctor ordered. A pond is a simple water feature to install that can add a great focal point and make your whole yard more inviting to the senses. And it can take as little as a weekend even for a novice gardener. Here's a 4 step guide to creating your own backyard pond. 

Outline the Pond

The first step in creating your pond is to determine where it will be and how large it will be. The size of your existing landscaping, nearby permanent structures and your budget will all help determine how large to make the pond. Look for a level spot that's within reach of a grounded exterior outlet (for the pump). Ideally, your space will allow for a pond at least several feet wide and double that in length to make maintenance easier. Use a garden hose to outline the proposed area in a natural shape. 

Dig Out the Pond

Before digging, call your local utility company to determine if there are any underground lines to be wary of. This is an important step for safety. If you plan to use a prefabricated pond liner, you'll need to dig the hole to match the size and shape of the liner. If you're laying down your own liner, you can choose the shape and depth. 

If using a flexible plastic liner, you can either make one or two levels in your pond. If you're going to include water plants, it's a good idea to leave a "terrace" around the pond's edge where you want to plant greenery. Then, you can continue to dig deeper to create the bottom level of the pond -- leaving a gentle slope to help keep the water an even temperature. Level the edges using a long 2x4 board. 

Install a Base and Liner

To help protect the pond liner and prevent damage to the pond itself, it's a good idea to install a foundation material before placing the liner. An inch or two of sand provides a nice, firm base. Add a layer or two of newspaper on top of the sand to prevent anything from rubbing on the liner.

Once this base is smooth, place the plastic liner over the entire hole, leaving about a foot of material over the edges. Smooth the liner and use rocks if necessary to keep it in place. Then fill the pond with your garden hose, keeping the liner taut. 

Add the Pump

You will need a pump to circulate water through the pond and keep it clean. Place this pump in the deepest part of the pond and follow the manufacturer's instructions. Thread the power cable into a section of PVC pipe and bury it in a narrow trench bug between the pond and the outlet -- both to protect the cable and to hide it. 

Now that the structure of your pond is in place, it's time to start decorating it. River rocks, boulders, moss and ground covers are common ways to accessorize your pond. But you can do anything that you find attractive and that hides the filter and its cord. Then, it's time to sit back and relax alongside your new, tranquil water feature! For assistance, talk to a professional like L & L Excavation & Landscaping.

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17 June 2016

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Hello, my name is Willy Wilson. When I was in college, I rented a small home with my friends and coworkers. The home was in bad shape and needed a lot of help across the entire property. My friends and I decided to build up the home from the inside out with a unique landscaping layout. The landscaping process ignited a passion for creating gardens out of tired, patchy lawn space. I want to use this site to explore all of the different ways you can create a beautiful landscape around your home. Come by anytime to learn about this fascinating subject.