Water feature in your yard can enhance the beauty of your existing landscape. A yard full of thick greeneries and colorful flowers can give that lush which can be refreshing to the beholder. A pond can serve as a habitat for colorful fishes and growth area for aquatic plants. If there is anything that this project can do for you, is increasing the curb appeal of your home.
When you have decided on the project, the next agenda will be the planning stage. In planning you have to picture in your mind what kind of water feature will best suit your yard. You must perceive it in your mind how it will look when it is a finished project. When the design is already clear, then you can now consider the budget. When this stage is done, then it is time to go to work.
Select the area where you would situate your pond. Make sure that there are no big shady trees blocking the sunlight in order to provide your aquatic plants with enough sunlight. Just enough shade would suffice to keep the plants healthy. Do not place it directly under the sun. High temperatures can damage the lining of your pond and ruin your entire project.
You should also consider during this stage the safety aspects and pond designs. If there are children in your household, you should come up with some measures to avoid accidents in the pond. Make sure that the area around the pond is not slippery in order to minimize this accident.
In designing, all you need to do is to draw a sketch of what your ideal water feature should look like. Choose between a preformed and a liner pond for its edges. Provide a means for the excess water to flow out by choosing between your patio and your lawn.
The digging part is the most challenging activity in this process. You will need some muscle here and a considerable amount of effort and determination. Do not lose patience, great reward awaits you at the end of your project, in the form of a beautiful yard with a wonderful water feature.
Make sure the excavation size should be according to the dimensions of the water feature you purchased. Be sure that it fits the hole. The depth of the hole is approximately 12 to 14 inches deep.
When the hole is already done, you could already start covering its bottom with roofing felt. This would cushion the pond and avoid roots and weeds from growing beneath your pond. If you choose to use a pond liner, add some extra roofing sand and position the liner inside the hole. If you opt for a preformed pond, you can immediately place it in the ground. Do not forget to elevate a little the other pond side to make it half an inch higher than the other side to provide for the drainage system of your pond.
Your pond is now ready for water filling. Do not forget to cover its edges and its lining with decorative rocks and shells; these can protect your lining from too much sunlight.
After putting all the finishing touches to your pond, and everything is done, you can now enjoy the fruits of your hard work and reap the rewards in the form of praises and admiration from friends and neighbors. Add to these is the great market value it will add to your property.
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