How do I hide this liner?


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Dig a shelf, a step down in the dirt around the edge of the pond. Set rocks on the step down in the water to hide the liner and then set more on top.
I did mine like this below. Hides liner well.

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Welcome Vicki G! Looking forward to seeing the pond when it is finished. I must say that @addy1 is a better artist on the computer than I am freehand! One observation while you are still building is doing something now to prevent runoff from your lawn into the pond. It is easier to deal with it in the build phase than trying to retrofit some sort of barrier later. The lawn will send all sorts of unwanted nutrients into your pond creating an ideal environment for an algae bloom and potential harm to fish.
 
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I'd build a berm around it and flap the liner over that and maybe a trench around the back of that so that dirt and runoff cannot run into the pond.
 
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Welcome Vicki G! Looking forward to seeing the pond when it is finished. I must say that @addy1 is a better artist on the computer than I am freehand! One observation while you are still building is doing something now to prevent runoff from your lawn into the pond. It is easier to deal with it in the build phase than trying to retrofit some sort of barrier later. The lawn will send all sorts of unwanted nutrients into your pond creating an ideal environment for an algae bloom and potential harm to fish.
So raise the edges slightly?
 

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Yes raise up the outer dirt edge into a mound and lay the liner over it so the liner cut edge hangs downward so no yuck will run into pond. If you have it flat and even w/your yard you will have all kinds of things flowing into your pond.
 
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Yes raise up the outer dirt edge into a mound and lay the liner over it so the liner cut edge hangs downward so no yuck will run into pond. If you have it flat and even w/your yard you will have all kinds of things flowing into your pond.
that's the technical term; 'yuck'. When @Vicki G has been here longer, we'll let her in on the colloquial term, right j.w?

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Update. 1 edge done I think. Just 3 more to go. Why did I start this ‍ be worth it hopefully next year when it’s all planted up
 

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Update. 1 edge done I think. Just 3 more to go. Why did I start this ‍ be worth it hopefully next year when it’s all planted up
did you study addy's drawing? A BETTER idea (sorry, I know you've already started) would be to lower the pond water about 6", dig out a 4" shelf 4" down, lay the liner on it, THEN up and over and buried by soil and plants. On this new 4" shelf, you can place rocks that will be half submerged and look natural. When you add plants, they'll grow over and help naturalize even more. Great start, though!
 
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did you study addy's drawing? A BETTER idea (sorry, I know you've already started) would be to lower the pond water about 6", dig out a 4" shelf 4" down, lay the liner on it, THEN up and over and buried by soil and plants. On this new 4" shelf, you can place rocks that will be half submerged and look natural. When you add plants, they'll grow over and help naturalize even more. Great start, though!
It just seemed like so much more hard work. I’ll try that at one of the other edges tomorrow n see if it works better
 

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It just seemed like so much more hard work. I’ll try that at one of the other edges tomorrow n see if it works better
yeah, it can be, if your soil is hard to dig but 4" down is like half a shovel depth. I didn't have addy's shelf when I did my pond for the first time either and tried to cover the exposed parts with hanging plants, coco coir, etc but when I began to see other ponds I admired, they made me wish I'd known/done the same. So, you're getting that nudge now. Google pics of ponds and see if you begin to like the 'covered edged' ones better than the multitude of those where the edge liner is exposed. You're actually doing your pond a service too because the sun will break down the liner where exposed, and you'll get less life than expected.

Maybe have a fish n chips party where you invite some young, muscle-bound lads? The UK equivalent of a pizza party for unsuspecting friends and family!
 
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yeah, it can be, if your soil is hard to dig but 4" down is like half a shovel depth. I didn't have addy's shelf when I did my pond for the first time either and tried to cover the exposed parts with hanging plants, coco coir, etc but when I began to see other ponds I admired, they made me wish I'd known/done the same. So, you're getting that nudge now. Google pics of ponds and see if you begin to like the 'covered edged' ones better than the multitude of those where the edge liner is exposed. You're actually doing your pond a service too because the sun will break down the liner where exposed, and you'll get less life than expected.

Maybe have a fish n chips party where you invite some young, muscle-bound lads? The UK equivalent of a pizza party for unsuspecting friends and family!
Yeah I know what you mean. I will def try that tomorrow. I’ll have to get these fit lads to find me some rocks from the river too
 
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