Things To Consider In Building An Inspiring Backyard Pond
By Emaratiya On 9 Aug, 2016 At 09:21 AM | Categorized As Craftsmen, decor and design, Your garden | No Comments

Things To Consider In Building An Inspiring Backyard Pond – Emaratiya Women's Magazine

Our first pond should be an opportunity to get your feet wet (often literally) in outdoor fish keeping and aquatic landscaping. And in the spirit of experimentation, I subscribe to no hard or fast rules for creating a first pond. There are too many variables to consider, and, more importantly, too many differences in personal taste and expression. Pond-making — and in particular, first pond creation — is very much a product of the imagination. Art figures here as much as science and engineering.

Making a Backyard fish pond will not only give you hours of enjoyment, it will also increase the value of your house. Pond construction is the most important part of the pond owning experience. By installing state of the art products that do the job they are designed to do your end result will be a backyard fish pond that you love and enjoy.If you live near a stream, dig a channel into the pond to supply it with water.

This does not mean that you should just head out to the yard and start digging. There are decisions to be made and planning to be done. Before you break ground for your first pond you have to consider the following:

1. Placement of your backyard pond.

 Sun or shade? If you are going to have water lilies they take at least 5 hours of sun a day. The downside of placing your pond in direct sunlight it may be uncomfortable for you if you want to sit by your pond and enjoy the fish. Also, algae will flourish in direct sunlight (water lilies and a UV clarifier will help prevent this).

Avoid placing the pond in areas where water runs off after a heavy rain. Runoff can get between the pond wall and the liner and cause your liner to float up. You also run the risk of runoff that contains traces of your neighbors weed killer getting into the pond and killing your fish.

2. How Deep should it be?

If you are going to keep fish in your backyard pond it must be at least 4 feet (1.2 m) deep. Waterlilies do their best in 3 to 5 feet (0.9 to 1.5 m) of water. The deepest end of the pond is where you place the bottom drain and that should be located furthest away from the water return.

3. How Big should it be?

As big as you can. The bigger the better. The more water it will hold the more plants and fish it will support which means less effort on your part in keeping it looking good.

Things To Consider In Building An Inspiring Backyard Pond – Emaratiya Women's Magazine

4. Formal or Informal Pond.

Formal ponds are usually squares, rectangles, and exact circles. An informal pond is more like a natural pond where it follows the ground’s natural lines and has no definite shape. Any shape you choose should allow for good water circulation. The best water flow is from rounded edges, not corners. The bottom drain should be as far away from the water return as possible to insure maximum circulation.

5. Time to Dig. Begin by marking the area where the pond will go.

Find out where all your utilities lines are buried before you begin digging. It is important to have the sides of the hole level all the way around or it will be noticeably uneven once the pond is finished. The edge of the pond should have a slight rise to keep out rain run-off.

6. Do I need a pump? 

Most Definitely! Here is a guide for the size you will need. 1 1/2” for ponds up to 1,500 gallons (5,678.1 L) then graduate to 2” for ponds over 1,500 gallons (5,678.1 L). 3” and 4” must be considered for ponds over 2,500 gallons (9,463.5 L). Whenever possible use PVC. It is cheaper than flex hose and easy to install. Remember, this needs to be bought and installed before putting down your liner.

7. Install the Bottom Drain. 

If you are planning to put fish in your backyard pond your bottom drain MUST have an anti-vortex cover, if not the fish will be sucked into the grating.

8. What kind of liner do I need?

You simply cannot build a good pond without a good liner because it is the skin of the pond and one of the most important components of your backyard pond. The object is for the liner to last 20 years. The best liner you can get to last is the 45 mil EPDM liner material.

To get the correct measurement for your liner– Drop a piece of string 18” from the edge of the pond where the water will crest. Drop the string along the hole at the widest part, allowing it to follow the curves of the hole then mark the string 18” from the opposite edge. Now measure your string. Do this also for the length of your pond. Use underlayment under your pond liner.

9. Install Eduction Jets and a Skimmer.

The eduction jets create underwater currents and push the water to avoid areas of stagnation.

The skimmer is a fish safe bucket that allows the system to automatically rake fallen leaves and debris off the surface of the water.

10. Install your bead filter and UV water clarifier.

The bead filter traps sand and debris while housing the good bacteria which is so important for the health of your pond and fish.

The UV Clarifier is to get rid of the algae blooms and it enables you to have clear water.

Things To Consider In Building An Inspiring Backyard Pond – Emaratiya Women's Magazine

11. The last step for your backyard fish pond is the water return. You have many options for your water return. You can have a gentle stream or an overflowing waterfall. The choice is yours.


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