How To Build Your Own Pond
Though it seems daunting, you can build your own pond and save a small fortune for yourself in the process. Ponds are beautiful water features to have, even in small gardens and back yards. They sound wonderful to the ear, can actually help cool you off in summer, and are generally just a very luxurious addition to have.
By choosing to build your own pond, you can enjoy all of those benefits and more on a budget. Follow these steps, ask advice, and clarify anything you are uncertain of beforehand so that you can build a beautiful pond on your own:
The Right Location
The perfect location for a pond is in partial shade, away from any trees or bushes that lose their leaves, and ideally on ground level. This doesn’t mean you cannot have a pond if you don’t have these circumstances, just that you’ll need to make adjustments or clean your pond out more regularly.
The Pond Depth
The pond depth that you choose depends entirely on whether or not you have fish in it. No fish, the pond can be as shallow as 0.6 meters. For small fish, 0.6 - 1 meter, and for Koi or larger fish, you’ll need 1 - 1.5m. This is, so the fish have somewhere to live other than the surface during winter.
The Pond Shape
The pond shape is entirely up to you. Try to work with the shape of your property and existing layout to develop a natural pond shape that works with the flow of your space if you want a natural look. Otherwise, go for whatever shape you want! Remember to slope the walls so that the soil doesn’t collapse if you are not creating a fully bricked pond.
Pond Pump and Filter
There are a variety of pump and filter options for ponds that will depend entirely on the size and scope of your pond. Find the right one, as well as any additional elements like automated fish feeders and anti-freeze tools by searching for the pond centre near me.
At the very least, you will want a pond pump and filter. The pump will supply water into the filter, and then clean out the water in a cycle so that debris and algae can be removed from your pond and keep it pristine. The goal of these pond pumps and filters is to remove the algae without disrupting the ecosystem of bacteria in the water.
The Capillary Barrier
All ponds need a capillary barrier to stop the pond from flooding out. This is a trench or barrier that sits above the edge of the pond. You can even add a seat to this barrier so you can sit and peer into the pond.
Line the Pond
Create a water-tight barrier in the excavated hole. Flexible rubber liner is ideal as it lets you customize the pond size and shape and can last a lifetime if installed correctly. Use a protective underlay beforehand however to prevent root penetration and then disguise the pond liner with decorative stone liners. These liners are preferred over using loose stones, as they are easy to clean.