Tips For Creating The Perfect Backyard Pond by Jerry Cahill

Jul 31, 2006
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Chattanooga, TN
Tips For Creating The Perfect Backyard Pond

A backyard pond creates a calm and relaxing oasis for the homeowner. Backyard ponds are becoming increasingly popular among gardeners, as they are a simple way to add some animal life to your garden. A backyard pond is a relatively simple do it yourself project.

Before installing your backyard pond, there are a few things to think about. First, you need to do some research about water gardening in your state. For example, how should you treat your pond in the winter? Some of these types of questions are going to be different depending on what part of the country you live in. Talk with the people at the store where you will be purchasing your fish, as they will have a good idea of the answers to your questions.

The first thing you need to do is decide where you will put your backyard pond. Keep in mind that your pond will need access to electricity. You do not want to hurt the look of your pond by having bright orange extension cords running all over your yard! If you wish to put a pond where there is no electrical access, consider having an outlet installed. Next, you will want your pond to be located where you can see it from your deck or patio. This will allow you to get the most enjoyment out of your pond.

There are many different types of pond liners on the market today for backyard ponds. Some are preformed, and all you have to do is dig a hole. Flexible vinyl pond liners allow you the most creativity in the shape and design of your pond. After you have chosen your location, it is time to dig the hole! You will want your pond to be between 18-24 inches deep. Create a ledge around the outside wall to place potted plants on. This ledge should be about half as deep as your pond. While you are digging, make sure your edges are all level.

Once you are done digging, it is time to install your liner. Drape the liner over the pond, and place some stones around the edges to hold it in place. Then, start filling the pond slowly with water. As it fills, smooth out wrinkles and make any creases large and neat so they will be less noticeable. After the pond is full, trim the liner so there is a foot or so of excess around the edges. Place decorative stones around the edge to create a more natural look. Large, flat stones look really nice for the edge.

Now that the structure of your backyard pond is complete, install your filter and pump per the manufacturer's instructions. Now the fun can begin, it's time to get creative! Start adding fish and plant to the pond. You may want to consider making a waterfall feature. The dirt you dug out of your hole will make a good foundation for a nice waterfall. Whatever you choose to do, before long you will have a beautiful retreat right in your own backyard!
Jerry Cahill - Master Gardener, Webmaster and publisher. Back Yard Ponds


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