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So I’m redoing my pond. Currently it’s an above ground pool, a big circular one. I’ll update here what I’m doing, what I see I need, etc, to turn one pop up pool, into a mostly submerged pond.
The new pond is going in on the circle of our drive. My plan is to make a kidney shape, add an elevated bog in the western 1/3, with three levels of water in the pond. I’m planning each shelf to be about 12” wide, going from 12” deep, to 30” deep, to around 4’ deep, which is a drop of 18” from first to second shelf, then second to bottom. This spot is near trees, and I’m out in the country, and so I need some kind of awning to screen the pond from leaves, herons, and random other predatory birds. I’ll be making a short wall, and have the sides of the pond raised above ground level due to potential spring flooding.
 
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This is the pool as it is. Where I decided to move it, and the progress I’ve made.
My plan is to dig it by hand, I’ve no clue just what my water volume will be. I’m going to try to use the pool as my pond liner, but if it won’t work, then I’ll go get a new liner. My idea is that the new pond is smaller than the pool in width, but close in length, so I should have enough material to keep about 1’ above ground level. Once it’s in place, I’ll build a wall around it, to sit on, keep dogs out, and prevent fish loss if it does flood. I know I’ll need a better pump, im thinking a leaf skimmer, plumbing set up to run tge water to the bog, rocks, lots and lots of rocks. More plants! Pea rock for the bog.
 
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I’m following your progress so be sure to takes lots of pictures at various stages. Also curious as to how you will make shelves and the bog.
 
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I’m digging shelves in the dirt , and will lay the liner on top, folding it to fit the curves. I’m building up the bog with the dirt I remove, about 2’ tall, using big clouds of dirt with grass in it like old sod cabin style to make the walls. I’m making the center a bit concave . I’ll need to strengthen it by building the walls bigger, with a broad base to hold the weight.
 
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I didn’t get anything done on it yesterday, I’m sore, and work kicked my butt.
 
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Yeah, which is why I’m spacing it out over a year! I’m off tomorrow, then I start my new work schedule, first shift on weekends, then Monday- Wednesday I’ll work second shift, then Thursday and fridays off. Pretty sure I’ll get the assistant manager position, my manager and DM both are sure I’ll do good. I’m catching on, and doing ok. So my pond build may slow down a bit during second shift days.
 
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Here is the drawing I drew out. It will hopefully come out close to my rough draft. As I plot things out, I see issues I may have, such as needing support for the bogs sides, so the bog may be finished last, with a bigger berm around the sides to support the exterior walls.
 
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Got called away, forgot to post the drafts. As it’s curved, I can’t get a good measurement of how long the pond is, but it’s 8-9’ wide at the widest part. I’m eyeballing it to be close to 20’ long, so take 1/3rd away for the bog, that’s about 14ish feet. I’ve no clue how the math would work with the different levels in order to gauge water volume I will have, I’m hoping for around 2000gal. At the bottom left corner of the bottom picture, I show a cross section of how I’ll set the shelves up to be concave in order to hold plants better.
 

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Looks good and your pond is about the same size as mine. Somewhere around 2000 gals give or take. I have shelves so it's hard to figure out exactly. Wish I would have put a bog in but too late now. Would not look right for the way I have it set up and I'll just be happy for the way it is. Neat on having a gazebo right next to it!
 
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So while I’m away, I’m thinking over aspects of my pond. Such as what plant I want, any features, so on.
I want a lotus! Preferably one of the smaller variety, which I can easily move around. I’m thinking I’ll make a hole in the bog gravel, push the pot in level for light water flow, and then submerge it in the pond for winter. Depending on how big my pond ends up, I may make a shallow side pond just for them! But I’ll wait and not get over ambitious on my plans just yet.
 
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A backhoe would make short work of the hole. Then you can fine tune it by hand. I would advise to at least get the hole done, and liner in place as soon as you can. Rain has a tendency to destroy all your hard work, and make more work. Once the liner is in, you can then take your time on the rest of it.
 
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Back hoes cost money I don’t have, at least till I get the promotion and a good bonus. This is all Hard work/ good exercise, and me time to dig it.
 

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Back hoes cost money I don’t have, at least till I get the promotion and a good bonus. This is all Hard work/ good exercise, and me time to dig it.
Have you looked into a rental? That’s what we did (spanning a weekend) and with our geology here, we never could have finished the pond without it.
 
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I’d be lucky to find a rock! It’s all old flood plain, almost no rock. When we rent a bob cat or what ever, it’ll be to fix the moats in the driveway. But the house gets 90% of any money not for bills and groceries. We have to put 3 support beams up in the living room ceiling first.
 

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I’d be lucky to find a rock! It’s all old flood plain, almost no rock. When we rent a bob cat or what ever, it’ll be to fix the moats in the driveway. But the house gets 90% of any money not for bills and groceries. We have to put 3 support beams up in the living room ceiling first.
Oh, no rocks here, either...... at all! We are in an alluvial flood plain, but have tons of gooey, gloppy, hard clay. You have to carefully plan any digging you do as there is a narrow window of opportunity between hard as cement or sucky quicksand! The little Bobcat we rented was WONDERFUL — so easy (and fun!) to operate. Hubby and I fought over who got to “drive,” and I joked that I wanted to drive it down the street and see if any of our neighbors had any digging to be done, LOL!
 
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We have either mud, or hard dirt. Very little clay. Good quality dark rich soil, when most of the state is red clay or sand. The river bank is sand! But not where I’m digging. When I burried my dog, I had to dig down about 3-4 ft to find any hint of red.
 
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That’s what I’m digging in now ( when I’m home to do the digging that is)
 
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Love watching pond builds/moves. No skimmer?
 

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