Pond is a significant accumulation of standing water that enhances the overall beauty of nature, your house, and business. Ponds are usually smaller than a lake and are naturally occurring most of the time. However, if you have a basic know how of construction, then you can easily build a backyard pond. An average pond size is an ideal one, measuring about 12 x 16 feet. You can build your pond in any shape that you like but it is better to build a small kidney-shaped pond in the first experience. Not only the pond enhances the overall beauty of the location, but is a perfect place for many dwelling invertebrates and the eye-catching insects like water boatman, pond skater, diving beetle, the water scorpion, and the whirligig beetle.
Choose a nice location in your backyard for building a pond.
Once you finalize the location, select the shape and size of the pond and layout the measurement with a garden hose or a rope.
Now, make an outline of your pond with a round limestone. You can make the outline in a kidney-shape as it is considered as ideal shape for pond.
Start digging the pond with the help of a spade, which is 5 inches in a 2-foot-wide ring outside; is ideal measurement for a medium pond.
Make sure to create a plant terrace during digging where you can put different green plant to enhance the overall look of your pond.
Now, it is the time to level the edges of your pond under construction.
After leveling the edges, carve out at least 8-inch wide and 3-inch deep channel on any one side of the excavated hole in order to redirect the overflow of the water.
Do not forget to excavate a shallow trench near the electric outlet for a conduit in order to hold the pump cord of the pond.
Prepare the base of the pond by distributing about 2-inch layer of screened mason's sand or any other sand. You can use your hand to smooth the entire surface of the base.
Now, gently line your pond, make sure to cut the liner at least 5 feet wider and longer than your pond.
Fill your pond with water, you can use a garden hose for this purpose and ask someone to help you in lining taut on each side of the hole, wait until the pond overflows.
Install the water pump, threading the cord through a section of conduit, make sure to place the conduit in the trench of the pond and then back-fill the soil around the hole.
Now, stack big stone around the hole to create an attractive rock border to give it a nice and natural shape.
Place the hose in-between two stones in order to secure it in a fix position and make sure not to crush it.
Plug the cord of the hose into an exterior ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI outlet) and check out the flow of the water.
Your beautiful pond is almost ready; place some green plant around it to give it a more natural look.