How to Install Your Own Pond

Ponds are beautiful features in almost any backyard, but putting them in just the right spot is key. First you want to be able to see it and it would be nice if you could also enjoy it from inside the home as well. Second, you want it to be in an area in close proximity to some grounded exterior outlet so that you can easily plug in the pump. Third you ought to steer clear of areas with major root systems which you won’t be able to dig . You do not want to be digging and encounter a gas or sewer line!

Once you have your ideal area, you can map out your pond to be whatever size and shape you’d like with rope. If you do not like it, then you can move the rope around until everyone is happy. Experts recommend that you use a pond ‘x ‘ to keep the water clean and they also state you should dig a slope so that if your water warms, it is going to push up rather than against the liner that may damage it.Water Lily, Flower, Flowers, Pond

Now it is time to dig! First dig 3″ at a one foot broad ring. This will be your stone shelf border. Next make a plant terrace, a broad shelf that is 8″ deep inside the rope outline. Following this step you’ll be able to dig the remainder of the pond, inside the plant patio shelf. Experts say that you should dig at least 18″ with a slight slope, but if you are planning to keep fish you may want to go even deeper than that.

Next step is to level the borders and then it’ll be time to cover the whole bottom with 1″ layer of sand and to that you just add a layer of paper. If there are stones or roots which are making the paper bulge this is the opportunity to eliminate them.

When the base is set you can put in your liner. Remember to keep out it as you go and once you start to fill the pond keep gently tugging at it to keep it form fitting. Your pond is filled and after you have installed the pump, it’s almost ready. Start with flat rocks in a coating that will hold the liner in place and then add another layer staggering the edges to produce an appealing edge. Viola, your pond!

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