A backyard pond isn’t merely desirable for the serenity it adds to your landscape ambience, it’s also showcases how man works in harmony with nature. Water is nature at its very best, arguably, and creating anything with water as its theme is sure to be associated with tranquility and peace. It can also bring a family together for DIY projects. Working towards a single result is one of the best bonding mechanisms known to the modern world.
Building a backyard pond is not a complicated project unless you desire a more professional look which will require the work of an expert and some additional money. For simple ponds, the projects are DIY jobs that any averagely dexterous human being can accomplish. It may require some amount of heavy digging and lifting and a whole lot of squabbling, but this is one family project you will never forget!
The Structural Aspects
First, identify the area and mark it off with a rope. Set an outline of ground limestone to define the limits of your water garden. After digging to about 16 inches and gouging a hole for the pump, rake mason’s sand evenly. Lay geotextile fabric and a fish-proof rubber pond liner to form water-tight layers for the catchment area. You can choose elevations based on how high you want the waterfall that feeds the pond; you can even decide what kind of stones you want to line the pond – or what ornaments to use for an authentic fairy tale look. This aspect is often the most crucial because it defines the tone of your garden.
The Functional Aspects
The next step is to check the functional features of the pond: the gradients, water-tightness, pump and hoses, overflow drainage, water inlet, etc. This is essentially the engineering side of gardening, and it accounts for ‘all systems go’ on your water project when you throw the switch for the first time. This is often seen as a tedious requirement for the proper working of a water garden, but once you understand the mechanics, you will find it is not difficult.
Creating water systems that thrive amongst the greenery of living organisms is a thrill that can only begin with a simple project like a pond – one that involves elevating water up to a high place and letting it run down the course you’ve set.
For more information on creating beautiful water ponds for your landscape, visit your local nursery and purchase some handy guides. Every garden enthusiast has one element he adores, and water gardening is right up there among the most popular.