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Do-it-yourself Guide: Build a Beautiful Pond on a Budget

Have you been toying with the idea of adding a water feature to your outdoor space for a more Zen feel? Building a pond for your garden doesn’t have to be complicated, and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. It can be done in a weekend without the help of a professional! I will give you the steps to building your own pond, and tips on easy maintenance.

DIY Pond Tutorial

Step one – Map out the area with the size and shape that you want your pond to be. If your pond is in an unfenced area, make sure to check what the local code is. Some cities limit the depth of ponds is it’s unfenced, typically with a minimum of 12” deep.

Choose whether you want just a decorative pond, or a complete water garden with fish and live plants. Keep in mind that a water garden will need to be deeper and will require more maintenance.

Step two – Mark the outline of your pond with either paint or chalk, and now it’s time to get to work! Whatever you have chosen for your depth, excavate your pond to the desired depth. If your keep the sides as vertical as you can, it will make it easier to hide the liner.

Lay out some material along the bottom of the pond to cushion the liner against anything that is likely to punch holes like rocks or sticks. Some low budget ideas are sand, newspaper, or even old carpet.

Step three – Purchase pond liner from your local hardware store. Measure the depth of your pond x 2, add to the length of your pond plus 2 feet - this is the length of your liner. For the width of your liner – Your pond depth x 2 and add the width plus 2 feet. The extra two feet is to allow for fitting, and simply cut away the extra.

Lay your liner over the pond fitting it into the bottom. Fill the pond halfway with water and allow it to sit for several hours to settle the soil. Trim your liner to hand over three to four inches over the edge of the pond. This step is important! Don’t trim too much, you can always go back and trim more if you need to. If you are going to add a fountain pump, go ahead and place it in your pond now.

Step four – Now it’s time to hide the edges of the pond liner. You can use flagstone, rocks, or slate. Lay it over the edge of your pond to hide excess liner. Plug in your fountain pump, and set it to the desired height. You can use bricks or rocks as a platform to raise your pump if necessary. If you don’t have a GFI outlet to plug into, you can use a solar powered pump.

Step five – Now for the finishing touches! Add plants and accessories for an inviting place for you and your visitors with nearby seating so you can relax and admire all of your hard work. A birdfeeder will ensure plenty of feather friends will come and enjoy your pond oasis.

Easy Pond Management

There are many products available to control algae. Even a small amount of bleach will help you keep the water clean, but you must be careful to use a small amount. Avoid using this method if you have fish or if wildlife frequent your pond. Beneficial bacterial treatments are an eco-friendly and effective way to keep algae under control, and it won’t harm your fish or underwater plants.

Adding a backyard pond can be fast, easy and a showstopper that will add value to your garden and home. With a little hard work and a cost that fits any budget, you can add a beautiful water feature to your garden.

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