How to Build a Garden Pond

Add beauty to your outdoor area with a traditional pond.

Add beauty to your outdoor area with a traditional pond. Water features are a great addition to any backyard, providing tranquility to your landscape. Natural stone, river rock and the sound of trickling water combine to create the perfect ambiance. With its simple construction, our traditional pond offers the perfect focal point for your retreat.

Skill Level: Beginner
  1. Step 1 Pre-formed Liner Placement

    Pre-formed Liner Placement

    Place pre-formed liner where desired. Using a hammer drive stakes around the perimeter of the liner outlining where to dig. Dig the hole slightly larger than the circumference of the stakes The rim of the liner should be above the ground but, not more than 4 inches.

  2. Step 2 Leveling Liner

    Leveling Liner

    Place liner in hole and check for level. Once level, begin back filling in all directions. Backfill the remainder of the hole creating a natural slope around the surface of the liner.

  3. Step 3 Debris/Dirt Removal

    Debris/Dirt Removal

    Remove any dirt and debris from inside the liner. Fill the liner 1/3 full with water and check to make sure it is still level. Adjust the liner if necessary. Continue filling the pond within 2 inches from the top.

  4. Step 4 Bio-pump Assembly

    Bio-pump Assembly

    Assemble the bio-filter as per the instructions. Insert the pump and cover with bio elements in the box. Replace the lid. Place the entire filter into the bottom/center portion of the pond. Weight the box down with landscape stones. Attach the extension tube/nozzle. Plug in the filter and adjust the nozzle to the desired height.

  5. Step 5 Pump Placement

    Pump Placement

    Prepare the river rock by thoroughly rinsing off all small debris. Add the clean rock to the bottom of the pond. This will help camouflage the pump and wires. Add decorative slate/limestone rock around the entire upper edge to camouflage the upper rim.

  6. Step 6 Final Steps

    Final Steps

    Lastly, add Pond Clarifier and the decorative pond art. Wait 24 hours before adding any aquatic plants. Note: Always use GFCI outlets when installing water features. GFCI outlets are found in the electrical department.

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