Installing a Garden Pond

Step 1
Pick out your layout such as: where you would like your garden pond to go. Pick out your shape and color, and what you’ll use to decorate it. Buy everything you need before starting on the area of where your pond will go. It’s best to have everything ready before you start digging and installing everything needed for a garden pond.

Step 2
Use designing chalk to drawl out where you would like your garden pond to be installed. Like I said, it would be best to know at this point what shape or design of pond your installing.

Step 3
After drawling out your pond outline using the designers chalk, it’ll be best to look at the outline from multiple views. This is optional, but it’ll help you decide whether you like the designated spot or not. Now is the time to change that ponds lotion if you don’t like it already. If you are entirely sure that you like your ponds locations, use something brighter to mark the spot. This just ensures that you can see the spot perfectly. You don’t want to accidentally start installing.

Step 4
You can start digging up the area if you are entirely happy with you location. You need to dig about 3 or 4 on the outside of you spray paint outline. You can use a shovel or any other digging device that you perforce, but the shovel will do just fine.

Step5
Now it’s time to make sure the area where you garden pond will be going is level. You can do so by placing a board of wood along one of the sides of you garden pond. Now use a level by placing it on top of the wood board and make sure everything is level. It’s very important to make sure everything is completely level or you could get leaks and/or tares in you pond’s liner.

Step 6
If you pond is perfectly level then you can start digging the center of the pond out. You need to dig about 2″-3″ lower then where the pond will be. Your pond walls should now be slopped in somewhere between a 20 or 30 degree angle.

Step 7
This step is one of the most important steps out of them all. This step will tell you how to keep your pond liner from getting tares and rips in it. Check for any rocks, roots, sharp objects, that could cut a hole in your liner. You don’t want to spring a leak after all your hard work. Try to remove any and all objects from your pond hole.

Step 8
Now it’s time to lay sand in the bottom of you pond hole. Get it wet to help it stay together and pack better. The sand in the bottom should be around 2″-3″ thick, this is for drainage. You should roll your liner out on the ground and allow it to get warm for more flexibility. Do this before you start laying you sand.

Step 9
It’s time to lay your liner in the pond hole. Make sure you have checked for any sharp objects and removed all of them, before doing this. Lay the liner in position; try not to disturb the sand too much.

Step 10
You can start filling your tank with water now. Do not us chlorine or any swimming pool chemicals to keep you water clean. Buy garden pond chemicals; they’re mad especially for ponds and fish.

Step 11
Your liner will sink into place once full with water. Cut all the extra liner that’s above the ground, because this is not needed. You can keep your extra liner incase you have to do a repair on your pond.

Step 12
Add your filtration systems. Follow the direction that came with you filtration system. I’m sorry, but I can’t tell you how to install your filtration system because they’re all different.

Step 13
Allow your garden pond to run for at least 24 hours before adding your plants and fish.
This is just a system check to make sure there are no leaks. You can add your fish and plants if all goes well.

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