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How to add a pond to a garden or a yard

How to add a pond to a garden or a yard

Adding a pond can be an intricate affair, and landscapers should be aware of all that goes into this process. They need to consider the dimensions along with location, water clarity and pond pumps. The following are the steps involved in installing a pond for a client.

Figure out the location of the pond

This will typically depend on the client. If the pond will need a pump and a filter, it will be necessary to consider the water and electricity source as well.

Laying out and digging the pond

After finding a suitable location, the landscaper will need to lay out the shape of the pond. Chalk and spray paint are excellent ways of laying out the shape and marking out the edges of the pond. Start digging the pond from the center and haul out all the dirt. The recommended depth for a pond is about two to four feet. Always consider the building codes for a particular area as there are some regulations that require a homeowner to have a fence around bodies of water that are of a certain depth. After digging, remove all sharp objects, such as sticks and stones, from the area. Then, add about two inches of sand. This will help to protect the liner and it will also act as a cushion for the pond. Next, lay the liner over the entire hole. Distribute any excess liners equally on the sides of the pond. Secure its edges with bricks, and start adding the water. Try to remove as many pleats and folds as possible. Keep readjusting the bricks in order to allow the liner to sink lower as it fills with water. After filling the pond with water, you can trim off the excess liner.

How to ensure water clarity

One of the things that most clients do not like about ponds is the fact that the water usually becomes green after a while due to the growth of algae. Fortunately, this can be prevented from the start during the landscaping process. The exterior designer should install a filter that also has UV light as this will help the pond remain free from all algae. The UV clarifier will ensure that the water in the pond remains clear. There are also certain types of bacteria that could be introduced into the pond in order to create balance and prevent algae from forming.

Choosing a pond pump

In order to choose a pump, it is important to know the number of gallons of water that the pond can hold. Knowing the amount of water in the pond will also help to determine the number of plants or fish that the pond can sustain. Pumps usually turn water about once every two hours. The filtration efficiency is also affected by the height of the pond. It is therefore important for the landscaper to effectively calculate all of these factors before recommending a pump for their client. 

Individuals who would like a pond in their yard are always looking for great landscapers who can help them with the installation process. Therefore, this information is very useful for the exterior designer who would like to take up such a project.

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