Building a Small Pond – How to Get Started

Building a small pond is not very difficult. If you are considering this as a hobby or even a small investment for your family, then you will need some basic tools. The price will depend upon how elaborate you make your project. In fact, if you plan to build your own garden pond, then you may want to think twice about this.

Steps for Building a Small Pond: Choose a place where you can locate your garden pond pump. If you don’t have an underground pump already installed, then you need to make one. Choose a location where you won’t have obstructions like fallen trees and power lines. Think about the location of any sprinkler systems and ponds that you might install.

Decide on the size and shape of your Pond. Make sure that you have enough room for your landscape pond. Consider building your own garden pond or using precast concrete as a base. Make sure that you have good drainage as you will be exposing your water to the ground. Add some vegetation to provide shelter for your fish. Add water to your hole and slowly add water to your new pond over the next few weeks.

Steps for Building a Small Pond – The design and construction of your garden pond will depend on the type of water feature that you choose. This would include the type of plant life and fish that you have. You may decide that you would like to create a small waterfall to add to your garden.

For a small pond, the most popular form of construction is a garden pond liner. A garden pond liner is an imitation of a lake or ocean and it mimics the natural flow of water. Most liners are made from polyethylene, which is a plastic that is durable and looks real. It will take the weight of water and plants and will not crack under pressure. Most liners are three to six inches deep, with a choice of pre-formatted stones and rocks.

If you plan on putting a heater on your garden pond, you should have a back-up water heater that is in your basement. If your main water source is not reliable, you could use a heat exchanger to transfer the warmth indoors and a circulation pump to circulate the warmer air outside. The pump will require filtration system that removes chlorine, which is highly corrosive. If your garden pond has a liner, the pump will work without one but will require a pump and filter.

In order to move the pump and filter to the appropriate location for cleaning and filtration, you will need a garden hose and a hole in the ground. Connect the garden hose to the bottom of the pump and place a garden hose on top of the pump and in the hole. Position the pump in a way that will let the water drain through the hole to a large pond pail. Lower the pump and filter into the hole and hook the hose through the pipe leading from the pump to the pond pail. Lower the hose and faucet and let the pump do its job.

When everything is in place, you can start digging. Keep in mind that the water must drain slowly and be free of obstacles as you dig. If water gets stuck anywhere, you should pull it out and clean the area where you found the blockage. After digging, remove the pump and filter and replace them. You should have a great looking waterfall in about a month’s time.