How To Build a Pond
Water brings a new dimension to any garden, as it brings the beauty of nature into your backyard. A garden pond allows you to grow a wider range of plants and to bring some attractive wildlife to your pond. In fact, a garden pond can be the most significant addition to your property, raising your property value. The sight and sound of water is soothing to most people, so having a pond in your backyard will help you release stress.
How to build a pond
Choose a location
Pick a spot where you can enjoy your pond from different angles, both inside and outside your home. The ideal pond site is in sunny spot. However, too much shade will encourage algae growth. Also, don’t choose a position close to overhanging trees because falling leaves will contaminate water.
Mark the outline of your pond
It is important to outline the size, shape and style of what you want your pond to look like. You can use a hose or a rope to try different shapes before committing to the final pond shape. Also, make sure you leave enough surrounding area around your pond for adequate landscaping. Once your layout it final, outline it with a bright spray paint.
Dig the hole
The hole should be near the power source and the power cord of the pump must be close enough to be plugged in. Once you have decided where you want your pond to be and marked the shape of your pond, you can begin digging. It is a good idea to dig the pond with a shallow area ideal for marginal plants and deeper section if you want overwinter fish.
Placing a liner in the pond
Once you satisfied with the size, depth and orientation of the hole, you can double check the area to make sure it is free of any sharp objects that could puncture the liner. Adding a layer of sand is a good idea because it will protect the actual liner from damage due to exposed roots or rocks. Then you can place the rubber pond liner evenly in the pond. You can also add rocks because they provide surface area for necessary bacteria, protecting your liner from harm and in fact, add a natural beauty scene of your pond.
Install the pond pump
Once you are done creating the pond, you will have to determine what kind of pump is required for your pond. They are used to circulate the water, keeping the water flow constantly for effective filtration to take place. Filtration is important because it keeps pond water healthy, clean and clear. Without water circulation and filtration, your pond will suffer from a lack of oxygen. Keep in mind that you should keep the pump a few inches from the bottom to avoid sucking up sediment. Now, you are ready to add water, which should help the pre-formed pond settle into place.
Note In order to keep the ponds healthy, the pond water should be circulated at least once every two hours.
Adding the finishing touch
You can now decorate your pond by placing patio stones around the perimeter of the pond. This will also hold the liner in place. You can also add plants and fish to your pond. However, although it sounds easy, care has to be taken. During the day with the bright sun highlighting the twinkling water and the sparkle of the fish, the pond looks great. However, adding some lighting to your pond is a good idea because it will enhance your entire area and allow you to enjoy the benefits of your pond after sunset. The lighting will transform your pond and the surrounding property into a dynamic nighttime scene of breathtaking beauty.