Slide show of a pond being built
Ponds are made from all sorts of things. From whiskey barrels to water troughs to bathtubs to a hole in the ground. There are many ways to make them watertight from concrete to fiberglass to liners to prefabrication. No one type is better or worse than another. There are advantages and disadvantages of each. Here are a few helpful hints or tips on how to create a successful pond.
- The placement of the pond is the most important part of ponding. A pond placed in full sunshine will have more algae problems than a pond in the shade and less oxygen for the fish in the summer, but a pond in the shade will not have good plant or fish growth. What do you do?
- Choose a spot where the pond will get morning sun and up to 6 hours of sun each day. If you are going to have a waterfall it should ideally face north or northeastward. If it must face south or west plant a tree that will shade the falls in the afternoon through evening. Otherwise the falls will constantly be covered in algae.
- Do not place the pond in the lowest part of the yard. Runoff will carry pesticides, fertilizers and other undesirable chemicals into the pond that will kill the fish and plants.
- When placing ponds under trees realize you may encounter roots. Cutting these roots may kill the tree if the roots are large enough. It is best to put trees in after you dig the hole for your pond. You will end up with an above ground pond or partially above ground pond if the roots are shallow which makes the pond more expensive to make.
- The pond must be level right to left and front to back if you want it to have a nice appearing pond. An unleveled pond will put the lip of the pond substantially above the water line and the other end will be flooding over constantly.