Did you ever dream of having your own private pond in your backyard? Did you imagine basking beside it in the summer sun, feel the heat and hear the tippity tap of the pond water? Why is it still a dream? To tackle all possible reasons and make this dream a reality, here we are. Keep reading!
A backyard pond with running water, skimming plants and shooting fish can transform a place from boring to adoring in seconds. Keeping it appealing and trouble free takes work, however with some additional consideration at the arranging and building stages, you can make a pond that is nearly maintenance free.
Read the ENTIRE article to get the best of the best guidance to making and maintaining your own DIY pond. It is not as complicated as it seems, but the results are mesmerizing. There are 5 simple steps to building a DIY pond. Let’s get right into it.
Choose the bright spot
Line it up
Time to decorate
#1 Choose the bright spot
The first step is to choose a bright spot. When I say bright, I mean a place which has enough sunlight so that you have a wide variety of easy to care plants to
At the same time you don’t want to have a place that is extremely sunny which gets your pond heated up and destroys the plants in it. This is an important step because in this step, you have to envision your dream pond based on how you want it and where you want it. Now rough out this area that you have finalized. Your pond could be any size that you wish but a good size would be approximately 4 x 8 feet and usually up to 12 inches of depth.
#2 Get digging!
Once you have roughed out the area, mark it with chalk or paint or line it with a hose and get digging. Now remember if you want just a decorative pond it can be around 12 inches deep but if you want to have some life in your pond such as fishes or any other animals and different kind of plants inside your pond, then keep it at least 16 to 18 inches deep so that your pond creatures have enough space to move about.
Whatever you choose, start taking the pond to the desired depth and try to keep the sides as straight as possible because this is going to help in our next step, that is, lining. to cushion the liner against the rocks and the sticks which are on the base of the pond. lay down some materials. Now some good low budget ideas are like sand and old carpet or even simple newspapers will do.
#3 Line it up
Our third step is lining the pond. We have already laid out some material in step 2 to prevent the line from tearing or damaging so that you can go years with the same liner without having to redo this process time and again. Pond liners are available everywhere from your local suppliers to online stores. Make sure to have enough pond liner according to your pond size so that you have at least an extra 2 feet material for fitting and cutting away the excess while placing it.
#4 Start filling
The next step is to fill the pond. Filling the pond does not only mean filling it with water but also covering up the liner and anything in your DIY pond that makes it look unprofessional. you can use rocks to cover up the liner on the sides. flagstone is a very popular option but on the off chance that in your part of the country Flagstone is expensive then you can use floor tiles by hammering them and breaking them into pieces and laying them over the lip of the pond.
#5 Time to decorate
The last step is the most beautiful and satisfying step of them all. add plants and accessories and everything that you wish to have in it to make it appealing and aesthetic.
Choose the types of fishes that you want or pond animals that you wish to have to the kind of plants that you want whether you want floating plants or interior plants that grow underwater or plants to line your pond on the outside.
Your DIY pond is ready and it looks more professional than ever.
Maintaining your pond will not be a tall task if you do all of the above steps correctly. For better measures you can buy a pond pump or a pond aeration system so that there is e
nough oxygen in your pond for the animals and the plants and have regular water checks to make sure that the water is clean all the time and does not turn Mushy
You are now good to go to build and maintain your own DIY pond and enjoy all of its benefits with no trouble for the whole season.