Backyard ponds are easy-to-create water features that add beauty to your yard. With running water, floating plants and colorful fish, a pond can add endless hours of entertainment for your home. However, if the pond is not properly planned, it can result in yet another frustrating household chore. There are several things you can do at the start of your pond project that can keep you from having to struggle to maintain your pond later down the road.
Picking and Protecting a liner
To avoid leaks in your pond, you should chose a heavy-duty, one piece liner. A durable liner is a good investment and can help you avoid having to search for leaks later. Most experts recommend a 45-mil-thick EPDM rubber pond liners. After you have trimmed your liner to fit your pond, lay the excess scraps over the edge of the pond liner. Then add large stones or bricks on top of that to protect it from cuts or abrasions that could happen from lawn equipment.
Pump and Plumbing
If you would like your backyard pond to have a flowing water feature, you will need a pump and tubing to move the water. Locate a gap between the stones that you can hid the tubing and power cord. Place the pump away from any waterfall or “in flow” point to avoid stagnant water. Do not place the pump directly on the bottom of the pond, instead, place the pump on a rock or a brick to eliminate the pump sucking up damaging sludge.
Keep Runoff Water Out
Rainwater can carry contaminates and lawn clippings into your pond and cause sludge buildup, algae growth, maybe even dead fish or pond plant. The best way to keep rainwater out of your pond is to build a levee. Make sure the rim of the hole is about 3 in. above the surrounding soil. If you’re building in a low spot that becomes a swamp during heavy rains, make the rim a bit higher. Keeping the water “well”, just takes a little extra effort while designing your pond.
With just a little planning, you can build a beautiful backyard pond that can turn your plain backyard into a nice oasis!