Building a Backyard Pond

You may find it tough to believe, but it is a do-it-yourself project to put a pond in your backyard. It’s not as difficult as you might believe, with a little research and some knowledge about how to landscape in preparation for installing the pond and you’re almost there. With the amount of information available today online and in books building a professional looking pond in your backyard is very doable.

Placement of the Pond

Pond placement means merely where do I dig the hole. It’s a little more complicated than that but not too much more. You’ll want to consider pond size about the size of your backyard. For instance, you don’t want a huge pond that runs right up against the fencing all the way around your backyard or a 10-foot square pond in a 10-acre backyard. It just won’t look right. Let’s get back to digging the hole and placing your liner. The liner is needed to protect the pond whether you’re using a fiberglass pre-fabricated pond or more of a free-form design. The liner is a rubberized very sick very heavy duty watertight material.

Depth will be an issue if you plan to have fish or breed fish. This is particularly important to cold weather climates because fish need deeper ponds to get away from the cold. One way to judge the necessary depth would be to find out where the frost line is in your town.

According to Purely Ponds of Colorado Springs, Colorado , don’t place ponds in shaded areas under trees or low-lying areas. The fish need the sun just as much as the plant life in the pond, especially lilies. Trees bring falling leaves, and the low-lying regions bring rainwater runoff into the pond. Flow coming from the lawn may contain pesticides, chemicals, and fertilizers that can kill fish and plant life.

Filtration System

Just like a swimming pool, a pond does need a way to filter waste out of the water. Something for all of you that want a large pond is to know that it will be able to handle waste much better than a smaller pond will. This creates a much healthier environment for the fish. You also need to put down some gravel in the bottom of the pond to create a bed in which bacteria can grow to help keep the water quality high by acting as a natural filtration system.

If having fish in your pond is your primary reason for building one make sure you wait until the bottom of the pond is covered with gravel and a filtration system is installed and running. If you own an aquarium, you’ll be familiar with the concept that the fish should be put in the pond one at a time, because the environment in the pond needs time to adjust to the changing population of fish in the pond. Introducing all of the fish into the pond at one time would overload the natural bacteria filtering system killing the fish on their waste and food. This is not why you built a pond to have a bunch of dead fish floating around in their waste.

Mosquitoes are a big concern when introducing a backyard pond. There will be no fun times on the patio enjoying your pond if you spend most of the summer swatting at mosquitoes. A good filtration system will help with this potential problem because mosquitoes need still waters to lay their eggs. A filtration system will keep the water moving enough to make it useless for breeding mosquitoes. In that, it is a filtration system you will need to clean the filter occasionally to keep fish alive and you were enjoying your backyard on those summer evenings on the patio enjoying a party with your friends and family.