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Guide for Backyard Ponds

Guide for Backyard Ponds

Many of us are fond of having a pond in the backyard. For those of you who would love to have it, follow the step-by-step guide for backyard ponds given in this article.
Gardenerdy Staff
Our home is truly a special place, which welcomes us with arms wide open, and embraces us with an atmosphere that breathes love, tranquility, and comfort. We do everything we can to make our homes comfortable and cozy, be it the interiors or exteriors. The front yard and the backyard of the house are also important elements and need to be groomed and taken care of.

A backyard is an open space behind your house. You can modify it, and turn into a place for relaxation. Your kids can play there after school, or adults can sit out and unwind. Creating a pond there might be a great idea, but it requires a great deal of planning and a whole lot of maintenance.

Stepwise Guide

Location
  • First and foremost, you need to decide the location.
  • Think of a spot that is neither exposed to excessive sunlight nor is too shady.
  • Once you have finalized the location, use a rope to roughly demarcate the shape of your pond on the ground.
  • In addition to the conventional round and square shapes, try to incorporate modern shapes as well for a stylish and contemporary look.
Excavation
  • Once you decide the shape, it is time for you to start digging.
  • Make sure you excavate the soil in such a way that you create different depth levels.
  • This will allow you to include a wide variety of plants that require different depths of water.
  • The variation can range from 18 to 24 inches or 24 to 36 inches.
  • While you are digging, remember to save the top layer of soil so that you can use it for landscaping.
  • Once you have excavated the entire marked area, clean it, remove all the rocks, or any other sharp objects, which will prevent punctures in the plastic liner.
  • You can also put a one-inch layer of damp sand on the bottom of excavated area to prevent punctures.
Liner Fitting
  • Now, place the plastic liner on the excavated area.
  • If possible, put water on top so that it sinks in the pit on its own due to the pressure exerted by the water.
  • Now, see to it that the plastic liner is completely settled in the pit.
  • Next, place a few bricks or holders to hold it in place.
Final Flourish
  • Start filling the area with water, as the water flows over the liners, it also helps to smooth over the creases of the liner if any.
  • Now, you can remove the bricks or the holders placed on the edges of the liner.
  • Having done that, you can now trim the plastic liner a bit, but it is always advised that you leave some extra liner around the excavated area.
  • Once you have done this, you can line the area with tiles or stone blocks.
  • At the end, you can add your plants, fish, and the filtering pump.
Your backyard pond is ready to house colorful fish, ducks, and plants, which would make for a beautiful sight when you want to sit back, and enjoy the splendor of all your hard work.

For future maintenance, make sure you use appropriate plants and fish in your tank. Keep on filtering the water to get rid of impurities, and use dechlorinated water for survival of the plants and fish. Taking care is very important if you want it to look maintained and cared for, or else carelessness can only lead to a murky water pit with dead inhabitants. As far as aesthetics are concerned, you can adorn your pool with ornamental statuettes and verdant creepers.
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