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Know the basics of building garden ponds.

When making the decision to build a garden pond, know the basics. These are some general guideline to use when considering building a garden pond.

The surface area of the ponds should be about 25 feet. This is so that the plants that are in the garden pond will be able to get plenty of sunlight and encourage oxegen exchange, which is essential for the plants and animals that live there.

  • The depth should ideally range from about 18 inches to two feet.
  • The ideal placement for a garden pond is one that cannot be easily accessed by intruders. Children and pets are among those that can cause the most damage to your garden pond.
  • You should be sure that the rainwater does not drain directly into the garden pond as this adds all sorts of unwanted impurities to the water.
  • You should use some kind of hose or tubing to lie out the location and shape of the garden pond. Try it in several places before committing.
  • You should try and stay with the more common garden pond shapes. They are common for a reason. The more complex the design, the more expensive and the less surface area you will have.
  • When you begin digging the hole for the pond, do not make the edges straight. You should try to use a sloped edge similar to that of a bowl to increase the strength of the walls.
  • You should be sure to allow for the liner and the sand that will cover the bottom of the pond when you are measuring the depth. It is wise to leave about 2-3 inches to accommodate for the liner and sand.
  • A pond filter is a wise investment. This will keep the water clean and the plants and animals healthy. You can either purchase an electric filter, like a fountain, or you can choose natural plant filters.

The garden pond is a beautiful way to add new and different plants to your garden. They are pricey, but the outcome is worth all the money and effort.