A pond is a beautiful addition to any property. It provides aesthetic value for those visiting or staying on the property. It also provides an attractive resting area for wildlife. As birds and other animals stop to drink or bath in the water, people can enjoy this viewing experience. Ponds can also be home to various fish and other aquatic plants and animals. These things have the potential to increase the value and beauty of a property without much effort on the part of the property owner
Choosing the area
Building a pond on one’s property requires the right location. A level area that is well-drained can be the perfect spot for any pond. The area chosen should also be away from nearby trees and shrubbery that can contaminate the pond. It is also necessary to ensure there are no pipes or wiring under the area to be dug. Once the right area is chosen, a pattern should be created to help guide the dig for the pond. Smaller ponds can be easily dug with shovels, however, larger equipment may be necessary for larger ponds.
Adding a liner
Once the hole is dug, a liner should be placed in the pond that fits the hole well. Once placed, some water should be added and rocks placed around the liner to create the frame of the pond. There are also hard-shelled liners available that require more planning before the dig to ensure a proper fit. Placing the liner upside down can allow a pattern to be drawn to ensure the right size is dug to accommodate the liner. Once the liner is properly placed, filling the pond can begin.
Bringing the pond to life
The next step in building a pond is ensuring the pond has the proper oxygen needed to sustain life and prevent algae growth. There are pond aeration systems that can assist with this process. Many of these systems run on electricity, however, if the pond is too far away from an electrical outlet, there are solar powered systems that can help. It is important to choose an aeration system that is right for the size of the pond.
Aquatic plants can then be added to the pond to add beauty and prevent algae. Finally, choose fish that are able to handle the weather of the area to ensure long life and a beautiful pond.