It's easy to add a new and exciting dimension to your home by introducing a beautiful, natural-looking water feature. The wonderful thing about water features is their flexibility. They can be designed to fit into whatever space you have available. You can create a large free-form outdoor pond, an intimate porch or patio tub garden and everything in between.
All it takes is a little imagination, some spare time, and the right materials. The results are truly satisfying. Listen to the soft, relaxing sound of lightly cascading water. Enjoy the intimacy of your own quiet spot… the beauty of natural stone and exotic water plants. Experience the unbelievable relationship that develops between you and your fish who surface to take food from your hand.
How to Create an In-the-Ground Pond:
STEP 1: Location, location, location!
Start by selecting the best location! Seems obvious but try and pick a place that is easily viewed, open with the best natural surroundings. This is your most important decision. There are three key factors to consider.
- Sunlight (you want some sun and some shade),
- Leaf-shedding or pollen-emitting trees (you want as few as possible)
- Drainage or runoff (you want to stay away from low-lying areas)
Using these guidelines, location selection becomes a decision based on your property and what you are looking to achieve — visually and aurally. Because, besides being wonderful to look at, the addition of a stream, waterfall or fountainhead gives the added dimension of sound. Take your time and plan carefully — repositioning a pond is a major undertaking!
STEP 2: Decide on the stlye and plan it out.
Deciding what you want your pond to look like is an important step. Many times it is a good idea to match what you already have going on in your yard. Do you have a zen theme? Maybe a formal pond is for you. Try drawing pleasing shapes on paper before beginning. Even if you aren't an award winning artist, it's okay, this will give you a bird’s eye view and will help give you direction. Some ideas for shape are as follows:
- Formal- straight lines, rectangle and square shapes
- Natural- free flowing shaped
- Multi-tiered- can be either formal or natural looking
After you decide on the shape, you'll want to determine the size of the pond. According to Laguna Ponds, there are 4 categories for size as defined by gallons.
- Small Ponds- up to 500 gallons
- Medium Ponds- 500-1500 gallons
- Large Ponds- 1500-3000 gallons
- Extra Large Ponds- 3000 gallons or more!
After you decide on your style, design and size now it is time to choose the material you want to use to line your pond. There are typically two choices, a flexible liner or a pre-formed shell. The flexible liner gives you greater design creativity, while the rigid shell is sturdier and already a set size. Both are popular and either can meet your needs.
STEP 3: Installation
Installation differs depending on whether you choose to employ a liner or a pre-formed shell. The actual construction shouldn’t take more than a well-planned weekend. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Friends and family are usually easy to recruit. If you already know you'd like a pond and want specifics on installation depth requirements, pump needs and construction, visit Danner Pumps Website. Green Acres offers Danner pump products at our locations. When creating ponds, high quality pumps and pond products are essential that is why we only recommend Danner Pumps.
Find your shape and start digging!
Insert your liner
Install rocks to protect your liner from harm and add natural beauty
Now its time to fill with water and trim excess liner
STEP 4: Beautiful additions
When everything is in place, as with an artist’s rough sketch, you now put brush to canvas by adding rocks, plants, lighting, bridges, waterfalls — all of the details that go into creating a waterscape.
Read all you can find at your local garden center, from the library, from the magazine stand. Talk to other pond-keepers — they love to share their knowledge — and there are a lot of them.
Before long your pond will be complete, but it never really is, because water gardening is a living art form. One that reflects the seasons, the time of day and your own changing moods.
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