For adding an immediate focal point to your backyard, think about installing a garden pond. What better method to relax than sitting next to a water feature and listening to water. Here are a few tips to help you build a perfect pond that will become the focal point of your garden.
The first step you should do is to contact your municipality to ensure that there are no gas or electric lines running underneath the area you have chosen for your pond. Try to stay clear of older trees that will have imposing root systems. Choose a location that will be visible from most of the backyard for everyone’s pleasure. On the other hand, you can hide it away in a corner and heavily landscape the pond so that it becomes a little refuge.
Establish the contour of your pond with a rope. If you are employing a pre-formed pond the options will be limited. However, if you are working with a liner, you are only limited by your creativity. When you start digging, remember the plateau for the plant terrace which will be about eight inches down and one foot wide for liners or commanded by the size of your pre-formed pond. You should now make sure that your pond’s edges are level. If your power source is not close to the pond, you should excavate a shallow trench in which you will deposit the PVC pipe that will hold the electric cord.
Fill the base of the water feature with one inch of sand. Also pour sand on the terraced steps. You can now place your pre-formed pond in the hole. If working with a liner, begin laying it down. Cutting four feet longer and wider than the actual water feature will help. Smooth out any creases by pushing the liner down.
You can now begin to fill the pond. As the water feature fills, backfill the empty space around your pre-formed pond and try to time it so that you are done at about the same time the pond is filled. When using a liner, continuously pull the liner taught all around. If you are utilizing a pump to operate a fountain or waterfall, place it at the bottom of the pond and bury the cord.
Now comes the fun part – decorating up your pond. Arrange flat rocks along the edge of your pond and include a second layer in an offset pattern. Overhang the rocks a little over the water. Lay the cord for your pump in between rocks and camouflage it with another flat rock.
Landscaping around your water feature should not be rushed. Is your goal to have the pond fit with the rest of the garden or do you want it to be very visible? You should maintain at least one side clear of vegetation to keep it accessible. Designing a feature on one side and one end while leaving the rest of the pond clear is a popular landscaping option. When choosing plants, remember to select ones that will do well in a moist environment and to take your region’s climate into consideration.
Now is the moment to enjoy your hard work. In many cases, smaller water features may be one weekend affairs. So go do it. Everyone will want a garden pond when they see how good yours looks.