Wednesday, 18 September 2013


Backyard Masterpiece

Backyard ponds are once thought to be owned by only

the wealthy and filthy rich individuals. That was

then. Now, backyard ponds can be built by even the

simplest homeowners. These can liven things up and can

be a good conversation starter for guests and

visitors. It will not only provide a beautiful and

visually appealing backyard but a relaxing one as


From cozy and small to rich and lush, back yard water

gardens can range from almost any design you want.

Just a little background about building a back yard

pond and the right materials is enough to create your

own private oasis.

Step one. Decide where your pond will be situated.

Look for an area in your yard where there are little

trees. Falling leaves are a big no-no to your pond

since it can make maintenance an everyday job. Place

your pond in an area reached by the warmth of the sun.

Aquatic plants need the sun to grow. However, stay

away from too much heat since this can cause some

plants such as lilies to die.

Another advice is to place your pond in a high area.

This can prevent runoff water to accumulate and

overflow your pond causing murkiness and further


Step two. Lay out the area of your pond.

If you want to design your pond to the size you want

it to, trace the perimeter of the pond using a

bendable material like a garden hose. If you are

satisfied by the size and shape of your pond, mark the

area using a spray paint or any marker.

Step three. Use a pond liner.

Pond liners are used to prevent water from the pond,

fishes, aquatic plants, and other pond contents to

escape the pond. In the same way, it also prevents

non-pond materials to enter and cause dirt or excess

nutrients to the pond. Pond liners range from

pre-formed liners to PVC liners. If you are willing to

spend the extra cash, using cement will also be


Pre-formed liners are usually utilized by small ponds.

These can be bought at pond supply outlets and can be

easily installed after digging the pond. However, if

you want to create the design and size you want, PVC

liners would work best. These are usually used for

large and complex ponds. Other types of liners are

available. It is best to ask for advice from your

local pond contractor about this stuff.

Step four. Dig your pond.

Dig your pond according to the width and depth that

your prefer. Place rocks on the edges of the pond

liner and fill in spaces with gravel. Do this part

diligently and carefully. Camouflage the area with

stones, pebbles, or plants.

Step five. Assemble the equipment.

Place the filters, lighting, and water supply. Make

sure that these will all function well. Connect them

to the electrical supply and place them in locations

that will suit them best. Do not forget to make a

drainage system for the pond.

Step six. Just add water.

Now is the time to fill the pond with water. Observe

if there is any leaking. Clean out the area first and

then add clean water for your pond. Place the plants

in their rightful places in order to create a

beautiful appearance. Let the plants settle for at

least a week and then it is appropriate to add the

fishes. Add fish one at a time. Fill the pond with

just the right amount of fish. Consider the size of

the pond and your fish. Make sure they are compatible.

And now, sit back and relax. Give yourself a pat on

the back for a job well done!

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