Before we have one project finished, my mind is already on project three or four. The way this is going, I fear my husband will never get to sit near our latest desire, a beautiful fish pond to reflect the glimmering sunshine. Take a look over these tips before you jump right in.
Draw Out Your Pond:- It is a very good idea to always have a detailed drawing of what you want. I am very clear in drawing my ideas on paper before I attempt to bring them to life. Some questions that you should ask are:
- What kind of fish do you want to house?
- Length, width and depth of pond- Be sure to research the type of fish you want and the environment they need. There are many fish that even with a fairly average size pond; you will only be able to fit two comfortably and safely.
- Do you want a rock surrounding, waterfall?
- Do you want interior decorations, self-cleaning flowers or self-feeding plants?
Laying out Yard– Once your design and expectations are all penned out, you can begin marking the area with your measurements. I prefer the use chalk lines that I can later add markers to for longer range holding. I has proven to be a go to method after several fails. When laying out your yard, you will have the opportunity to stand back and envision it even more. This is the time to twist and tweak the layout to get the maximum effect.
Setting the form-Unless you are putting in an expansive pool, it is best to purchase a form to set into the ground. They give a sturdy yet movable structure to work with. This was best for me as my mind is constantly changing. Next year I may want the pond moved to the front yard. You just never know. Dig an area close enough to the form that it is not moving around freely. Set the form into place.
Installing perimeter– If you are putting in rock walls or water falls, you will want to install these first. When installing a waterfall or lights, understand that you will need electric and would need an electrician to ensure safe and secure code enforcement. Important flow for perimeter installation:
- Lay out weed protector, being sure to tuck edges under pond form to lock in place.
- Once in place, you can begin to layout your rock wall layer by layer. Be sure to set rock, and ensure the stability of each piece.
- If you had planned on floral designs, decorations, add one item at a time. If using flowers, leave in pots and set them out. If you need to move around and readjust, you can do so before planting.
The basics for a backyard pond can create a soft and flowing ambiance in the evening. The moon will light up the waters and offer a nice sanctuary to rest and relax before turning in for the night.