Steps in building a garden pond

Are you planning to build a garden pond? Well, with a little bit of time, effort, and money you can build a pond that is both beautiful and functional.  Check out the checklist below to learn the basics in building a garden pond.

1: Design/Plan your dream pond. You need to decide the best place to put your pond, the size, shape/depth, whether you want fish or not, and many other details. Write down all of your ideas and create a list of the things that you want your pond to have, and what you could do without.

2: Outlining your pond. You will want to use a garden hose, or twine and stakes to outline the general shape of your pond. Double check to make sure that it isn’t in the way of power or water lines, and is away from overhanging trees or other environmental hazards.

3: Start Digging. This is the most labor intensive part of the process. You can either dig the pond yourself, or hire someone to do it for you.

4: Line your pond. Depending on the type of liner that you choose, this can be a simple or a complex procedure. You can choose between a PVC liner, Fiberglass or  concrete linings.

5: Finish up the liner. If you are using PVC lining, you will want to leave a couple of inches around the edge of your pond for rocks and edging. If you choose fiberglass or cement, you will want to make sure that the application was completed properly, and your system is flushed ready for water.

6: Decorate! Small and large rocks strategically placed around the outer rim of your pond will help conceal the liner and make it appear more natural.  You can add pond light, pond filter or pond pump. You can be as creative as you want with this process.

7: Stock your pond. If you plan to put plants or fish in your pond, this is the time to do it. You will likely want to wait a while before introducing fish, and test the water often to make sure that the water levels are acceptable for supporting life.

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