By Grace Boggess
There are plenty of renovations that can be quick and easy which can turn your regular backyard into a beautiful relaxation area. Backyard ponds can help improve the overall habitat of various animals in your area, such as various insects, birds, and of course – your fish! A pond can really add to the appeal and look of any backyard. It can provide a great opportunity to interact with and learn more about the natural world, both for children and adults alike. Here are a few tips for you to start your very own backyard pond:
Be sure to select the proper location.
Most ponds will be enjoyed more if they are installed close to the home. Select an area where you can see the pond year-round. Water circulation is not essential, but the use of a pump will allow you to keep more fish, it will keep your plants healthier and is required to run a filter. This is essential if you are keeping koi or more than a few goldfish.
Now you need to determine the size of your pond or water garden.
The best way to do this is to use a rope or water hose and lay out the shape on the ground. Ponds built for koi should be close to three feet or deeper to allow these larger fish enough space. The biggest mistake that most people make is building the pond or water garden too small. A larger pond is more stable and easier to maintain.
Dig the pond or water garden to the desired shape.
If keeping plants dig a shelf around the perimeter of the pond about one foot deep and one or more feet wide.
Position any external pond filters.
A ditch should be dug for the plumbing from the pond to the external pond filter.
Line the pond
This can be cut with scissors or a utility knife. You may want to tape any small pieces together to keep them from moving when the pond liner is placed.
Place the Rubber Liner into the excavation and unfold.
Position the liner evenly in the pond. After the water is added the folds should flatten out.
Place the stone or other coping around the edge of the pond or water garden.
Arrange the coping stone around the edge of the pond and fold the pond liner up behind the stone to slightly above the water level. Fill the pond with water to within a few inches from the top and then make corrections if necessary to ensure that the pond is level. As the pond is filling remove wrinkles and make folds as necessary.
Add aquatic plants as soon as possible after constructing the pond.
Many aquatic plants are great at using up the nutrients that would otherwise feed the algae. Water lilies and other plants with surface leaves can be added to provide shade to approximately 66% of the surface area if in full sun.
If you have questions, there are a variety of resources available online to guide you through the process. Check out your local pet and fish stores for more information on maintaining your pond once it is complete. Local hardware stores will have all available tools necessary to complete this fun DIY project. After all the hard work in done, grab a seat and enjoy the relaxing view of your fish swimming happily in their new environment.