Some basic considerations before you
1. Select and appropriate site in your
The rule of thumb is an area away from
trees that will dump debris into your water feature. The location
should also be somewhat higher than the surrounding ground so
as to prevnt rainstorms from washing yard debris, fertilizers
and other chemicals used in the landscape from polluting your
new pond. Raised sides can also keep unwanted wash water from
polluting your pond which is the option chosen for our display
pond in our front nursery display area.
2. Decide the dimensions and depth
Things to consider are the type of
plants and/or fish you want to have once your pond is installed.
Water lillies for example will need 18-20" depth as will
goldfish to survive winter in Cincinnati (USDA zone 5/6). Koi
will need aproximately 30" depth for overwintering. If deeper
than 18-20" local ordinances may require a fence to keep
small children from being drawn to the pond as an "attractive
nuiscance". We chose to keep ours about 18" for safety's
There are two basic types of pond installtions.
One is to buy a pre-formed plastic "tub" liner which
must have the hole dug to the precise shape of the tub. The second
is a free form design of any shape or size you wish using rubber
sheet liner material. This photo feature will address the rubber
Following a few basic steps. installing
a water feature in your landscape is easier than you might imagine!