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How to Build A Garden Pond

It's Easy to Create your Own Pond

Mostly this will be in pictures, because they will show better than words just what you have to do to create your own pond.

(c) MegL - my own image

First, you have to dig out the area for the pond. If you are not using a commercial pre-formed liner, then you can create your own preferred shape because you can then use plastic lining to mould to the shape you have chosen. This is obviously the most labour intensive part. You need 3 levels, a shallow edge, a medium depth shelf and a small, deeper centre. These different levels suit different types of plant and also animals, such as fish. The deeper centre part gives a place to plant water lilies and also a hiding area for fish.

(c) MegL - my own image

Once you have dug the pond to the size and shape you want and made sure the ground is smooth (no sharp stones), cover the area with plastic pond liner and start to add water. The weight of water will push the liner into all the various nooks and crannies. It's best to add the deep water plants, such as water lilies now, so you don't have to wade in later.

(c) MegL - my own image

Keep filling the pond and plant your chosen plants as you go along.

(c) MegL - my own image

Once the pond is complete, add rocks or old bricks around the edge, to hold the plastic down and form a neat edge to your new pond.

(c) MegL - my own image

Let your pond mature. You will need to wait a few days after filling before adding the fish.

Image Credit » My own photographs, (c) MegL

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Feisty56 wrote on October 27, 2014, 7:03 PM

I'd love to add a pond to the yard, but around here a person's property taxes sky rocket when a pond, pool, etc. are added. I didn't realize a pond ought to have three different depths.

Jerry_Walch wrote on October 27, 2014, 8:15 PM

From an old time DIYer, nicely done!

Ellis wrote on October 27, 2014, 9:49 PM

Water in a garden brings it to life...and brings life to it. Keeps an eye on young children though...

LoudMan wrote on October 27, 2014, 10:13 PM

Great job! I was not aware ponds existed in other countries. :P But really, this is beautiful. Do you oxygenate the water for the fish?

bestwriter wrote on October 27, 2014, 11:51 PM

Your idea of using waterproof plastic is great and the 3 tiered concept is also fantastic. I am a landscaped garden designer and I used to commercialise my art but I do not do it now. If I had seen this post at the time I was in business perhaps it would have made my designs great. Here where I live I have a landscaped garden and I did have a lotus pond which was constructed using bricks and mortar. I filled it up later with soil as I used to see snakes in there fear

LeaPea2417 wrote on October 28, 2014, 12:39 AM

That is a very nice looking pond. The directions are clear but it would take my husband doing the whole thing because he is the handy one here. He knows how to make perfect measurements and he knows how to use different tools very well unlike I.

MegL wrote on October 28, 2014, 2:15 AM

Thank you. My husband did most of the heavy work, my son mainly"supervised"! He was the one that researched the design, in terms of layers. I just took the photos. emoticon :grin:

MegL wrote on October 28, 2014, 2:16 AM

Yes, we cannot let the youngsters out by themselves. Though in the summer, the tall grasses round the side are impenetrable nowadays!

MegL wrote on October 28, 2014, 2:18 AM

It's not actually necessary, once the pond plants are established, however, my son added a waterfall a couple of years later and also a small fountain, both solar powered but he did it because he liked trying out solar powered items, not because the pond needed it.

MegL wrote on October 28, 2014, 2:21 AM

We don't have snakes in this country but I can understand not having this type of pond in a country where there are poisonous snakes. This pond was created a few years ago and nowadays, it hasa lot of tall vehetation round it in summer, which would be a good hiding place for them. In our country, the cat likes to hide there to try her paw at fishing! We also have bees nesting round the edges.

MegL wrote on October 28, 2014, 2:23 AM

I don't think there were any perfect measurements made here. It was a LOT of physical labour. Some people might prefer to get some kind of small machine in (I think, called a back hoe?) to do the main digging work.

MegL wrote on October 28, 2014, 2:25 AM

A friend designed his own pond too but he then lined it with concrete. He is an artist and designed a series of tumbling waterfalls - in a level garden!

bestwriter wrote on October 28, 2014, 2:39 AM

I have a waterfall too and have designed several in my projects. I have done cascades for some. For clients we have to think twice as they must have the ability to maintain them cleaning being the major issue.

bestwriter wrote on October 28, 2014, 2:42 AM

I liked the pond having different depths. I have designed ponds and waterfalls but this idea never struck me.

PattyTherre wrote on October 28, 2014, 3:52 AM

This is an amazing tutorial. I want one! Great photos really help see how it goes from start to finish. I am going to show my hubby this!

BarbRad wrote on October 28, 2014, 4:32 AM

Lovely! And so clearly explained. I'd love to have a pond, but with the drought it would be difficult.

LoudMan wrote on October 28, 2014, 9:41 AM

The waterfall would do it, for sure. We need to try more solar things here but our oil barons just won't stand for us to do something they don't make money from.

paigea wrote on October 28, 2014, 2:21 PM

Gosh that is beautiful. I would love to have that pond in my yard.

scheng1 wrote on December 18, 2014, 8:17 AM

I wish I have the land to make a pond. Too bad that land is scarce in my country.

cmoneyspinner wrote on April 13, 2015, 3:09 PM

Found this post because it was shared on Tsu. Very nice!

MegL wrote on April 13, 2015, 6:34 PM

cmoneyspinner That's good to know, thanks