Having a garden pond is a great design that can elevate your garden appearance. It looks high-end and it is a perfectly relaxing way to decorate your garden. However, a garden pound is also quite expensive if you’re getting it built by a landscape gardener. Thus, save up some money and make your own DIY garden pond, it is easy and accesible. Hence, check out this step-by-step guide below and get the satisfaction of doing it yourself.
Step 1. Choose the perfect location
First off, you need to choose the perfect location for your garden pond. It needs to get quite a lot of sunlight. The direct sunlight will contribute tremendously to the plants’ growth. Also, make sure you avoid a location near shedding trees. Otherwise, you will have to spend your time picking up the dead leaves that will get in your water.
Step 2. Start digging the hole
Secondly, you will need to make a mark of your pond’s shape with pegs an string, or you could also use chalk. The pond will need to be 100cm deep in the center. That’s a great depth especially if you are considering fish for your pond.
Furthermore, the pond will also need a shelf for marginal plants. Thus, with a spade, dig out to shelf level, which is basically around 15cm. Next, starting 15cm in from the sides, dig out the rest.
Moreover, you should check out the sides and bottom before moving further. If there are any large stones or sharp objects they could rip your liner.
Step 3. Make sure you line your pond accordingly
For this, you should be putting a 2-3cm layer of sand on the bottom. Then, line the entire pond with thick blankets so that it comes over the top slightly.
Make sure to check that the under-liner is 3 cm thick. You can easily trim this later if you think it is necessary.
Step 4. Insert the liner
If your garden pond ends up being 100 cm deep with 180cm x 120cm, you need your liner to be measuring at least 4.5 m x 4m. On top of the pond, start lying the liner and gently push down.
It would be easier to get into the pond with your shoes off. Next, position the liner so that it reaches into every part nook and cranny, paying particular attention to the shelf.
Then, make sure you leave some pleats because the liner will expand when you will be filling it with water. Also, ensure there is a minimum of 30cm overhang. Later, you could also trim and hide once the water goes in.
Step 5. Create a border to hide the liner
Now that the pond is full, you will need a border to hide the liner. That means you get to make your garden pond even more attractively.
For this, you could use cobbles, bricks, stone slabs, or slate. In the case of slabs, use a grinder to cut to size and make sure you are wearing a mask and goggles.
Once your order is in its position, preferably with a slight overhang, you can now trim off any excess liner. Furthermore, you could also secure the stones with mortar. These can rip or tear the liner, making holes, so make sure you solidify them very good with mortar.
Step 6. Wait before adding plants
Lastly, you should give your pond time before adding any plants. Thus, wait at least two weeks, allowing your pond to dissipate any chlorine before adding any plants or fish.