A pond in your backyard can be a crowd pleaser. What’s not to like? A pond is a lovely, tranquil oasis filled with the sounds of gently flowing water and cascading waterfalls. As you relax beside it, your mind will become refreshed, and the pains of the day will wash away as you gaze on the exotic fish and lush greenery. Neighbors will stare out their windows in envy, because they’ll wish they’d thought of it first.
You’ll find that building a backyard pond isn’t a difficult job. If you spend some time researching ponds on the internet, planning what you want to build, and building your pond, you’ll produce a very satisfactory result. In this article you will find pointers to help you building your own backyard pond.
A Pond to Meet Your Needs
In order to get started on your pond-building project, the first thing you’ll need to do is decide on the type of pond you want. Once you have a basic idea of what you’re wanting, it will be easier to decide where to locate the pond, what features you’re going to include, the dimensions of the pond, and other crucial factors.
There are four common types of ponds for you to consider:
* A basic pond
* A water garden
* A koi pond
* A wildlife pond
Sticking to Basics
This is the kind of pond that you think of out in nature. Although it may include some type of water feature, such as a waterfall, you probably won’t include the more exotic types of plants and fish. You’ll find that this kind of pond won’t require nearly as much calculation in order to figure out how to build it, and it is typically easy to build.
Your Own Lush Oasis
A water garden involves more features than a basic pond does. This is where you can go wild in your flights of fancy by adding waterfalls, fountains, streams, water plants, and fish. This type of pond needs to be at least two to three feet deep in order to maintain a healthy environment for your fish and plants. You’ll want to locate this pond away from trees. Trees will increase the maintenance of your pond as well as hide the sun.
A Taste of the Orient
As the name says, a koi pond is designed to provide a habitat for koi. The volume of water you will need in your pond must be based on the number of koi you are intending to keep there. The most desirable location for a koi pond is in a shady area and out of direct sunlight.
Back to Nature
This is the type of pond you’ll want to build in order to encourage wildlife. Besides the usual fish and water plants, you will want to keep frogs, turtles, and other small types of wildlife. The specs for building a wildlife pond are similar to those for a water garden.
Basic Techniques for Building a Backyard Pond
There are three basic ways to build your backyard pond. The following is a list of the different techniques as well as the methods used to build each type. You will find that the first two types of ponds are good do-it-yourself projects. For the third type, which requires concrete work, you may need to get a little professional help.
Building a Pond with a Flexible Pond Liner
If you are a beginner, using a flexible pond liner will probably be the easiest way for you to build your pond. Start by finding the ideal location for your pond. You can outline the shape of your pond using a garden hose or a clack, then take measurements you’ll need in choosing your flexible liner. Make sure that you buy a quality liner so that you know it will hold up over the years.
Get your shovel, and start digging. The depth to which you dig the pond depends on the type of pond you’re making. Once the hole is dug, position the liner in it and cover the edges with decorative stones. After this is done, you can fill the pond with water from the garden hose. You can also add a pond filter to help keep your pond clean.
Using a Preformed Garden Pond
To make the pond-building process easier, you might decide to use a preformed garden pond as the basis for it. There are many different shapes and sizes on the market. You buy them ready-made and then adapt them to your needs. They can be installed below-ground using the technique described above. All you’ll need to do is put your preformed pool into the hole and add some water to help it snuggle in securely. Make sure there is no dirt or debris under the preformed pond in order to prevent damage.
Make it Permanent with Concrete
Unless you’re an experienced concrete worker, you’ll be better off hiring a professional to pour the concrete after you’ve designed your pond. After he’s finished, it will be your job to thoroughly wash the pond to remove all chemical residues. You should repeat the process of filling and emptying the pond for about two weeks before you add your plants and fish.
As you can see, it isn’t difficult to build a pleasing backyard pond. Use the techniques outlined above, and you’re sure to have a satisfying, as well as memorable, experience.