It goes without saying that a lovely garden water feature can actually turn your landscaping into something that is truly special. When done correctly, building garden water features will offer a nice focal point that can also help to attract a variety of wildlife.
The good news is that you can take a collection of assorted pebbles and rocks, add a few elements and you can transform it into a shallow pond water feature. The more creative you get, the better your end result will be, especially when you take the time to pick out the perfect plants and accents.
Creating A Pond
To get started with a pond water feature, you need to follow along with some simple steps. Many of these steps can be done easily with tools that you may already have at home in your tool collection.
Excavate The Space
When you begin, you need to remove any of the existing plant life from the area, making sure that you get rid of various rocks and debris that could otherwise get in the way. Take your shovel and work on digging out the shape of the new pond that you would like to have.
Depending on your tastes, or your level of expertise, you could go with a simple round shape that dips down to about two feet in depth at the deepest point. This will be your pool end, but it is not going to be deep enough for any fish to live in there.
Add In A Good Layer Of Sand Or Fill
It is important that you cover over the soil that you have unearthed with a good layer of fill sand that is made for this purpose. Keep the fill sand level about one to two inches deep at this point. This layer of fill sand will help to act almost like a cushion for the new pond liner that you will have to lay down in the next step.
It will also be able to help keep it from ripping should it come into contact with any small rocks or some of the harder chunks that could be in the soil. All around the edge of your pond, you will also need to build the fill sand up a little bit higher, working to taper it off all around the sides.
Laying Out The Pond Liner
A pond liner will help to keep the pond clean by keep your soil and sand out of the water. the thicker the liner that you choose, the less likely it will be prone to tearing. However, you need it to be flexible enough to help mold into the pond shape.
If you are going to be using more than one piece, you have to be sure to overlap the pieces by at least a foot or more so that you will not have issues with leaks. Lay the liner down so that it will cover the pond completely, with a bit of excess on all of the sides.
It should be fitted up and over the border that you made with the sand. You can then use the rocks to pin your liner into place and cut the edge to the perfect size.
Setting Your Stones
When you are building garden water features like a pond, you will need to use a hose so that you can wash off all of the stones prior to placing them where you want them. Be sure that you cover the pond liner completely with small or medium sized stones. All around the edge, put in larger boulders so that you can create contrast. Whenever possible, roll the stones into place rather than lifting them, and never drag them so that you are prone to scratching or tears.
Adding The Plants
Take the plants that you have selected and plant around the edges. This will bring in a bit of color and also soften the look of your stones. Select plants that are going to do well in the sun zone of your yard that the water feature is in, and always go with a range of sizes and colors.
Put In Your Water And Fountain
You can find nice fountain set ups that will work beautifully in a man made pond such as this. The right fountain will create movement while also giving you serenity. Many models are also very easy to hook up, with little assembly required.
After the fountain is in place, you can fill your pond with the water, plug it in and enjoy. Just be sure that you keep an eye on your water level in the warmer months, as you may need to add more to the pond.
When all is said and done, you will have had a rewarding experience with building garden water features for the exterior of your home.