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The Process of Building a Pond

Building a pond or water garden is a great addition to any yard. It adds beautiful scenery to any home and increase the total value of the property. Many people undertake the addition of pool without the proper qualification. Here is a high-level overview of the process we use.

  1. Decide the type of pond you want. Do you want to include Koi in your pond? What type of plants are you interested in having? If you are including a pond in addition to your backyard deck, you may consider adding the sound of a waterfall. All ponds are unique to you the owner and they need to be planned for the desired specific features.

    • KOI POND
      A Koi pond is unique from other ponds because of the interaction between the Koi and the plants. Since Koi feed on some plants, there are some limitations to the aquatic plants available in a Koi pond. A Koi pond also needs to be properly sized, since the size of the pond is the single most important factor for Koi.

    • WATER GARDEN
      A water garden can contain a variety of plants, multiple levels, and even waterfalls. Their size and depth depend on the type of plants needed and the layout of the backyard.

  2. Select the proper location for your pond. Many ponds are installed close to the home so they can be enjoyed year round and viewed from inside your home. Since ponds attract birds and other wildlife, you may need to position the pond to limit it’s exposure to birds. (Especially if you have Koi in your pond.) The position of the pond in your yard should also consider the elevation and slope of the yard, since rain runoff can contaminate the pond and wash debris into the pool.The location of the pond is also determined by the type of plants you want to grow. Some plants need more sunlight than others.

  3. Calculate the size of your pond or water garden. The size of your pond includes the overall shape of the pool, but also the depth. The depth of the pond varies on the type and number of Koi that are in the pond. Often, ponds are smaller than originally visualized. Remember to include ample space and room for the Koi and plants to grow and flourish.

  4. Dig the pond or water garden to the desired shape. After the calculations, dig out the dirt within your pond layout.

  5. Install the remaining pieces, i.e. filters, skimmers, liners, and stone coping. The filters and skimmers keep the water balanced and circulating through the pond while the skimmers remove debris. The liner and stone coping used will depend on the type of pond, in addition to the look of your pond.