If you've been planning to have a small, decorative pond installed in your backyard area, there are several things to consider. The main focus should be the shell of the entire project—your pond liner. Along with the liner, the pump and filtration system should be a good match in order to improve the lifespan of your backyard pond. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you decide to put your plan in motion.
Choose A Reputable Contractor
If you've had experience putting in ponds before, you may be willing to tackle it as a weekend DIY project. But if you're not sure on where to start when it comes to preparing the ground and setting up the filtration system, it's time to call in the pros. When looking for a pond contractor, be sure to ask about:
- How long have they been in business?
- Do they offer a portfolio of past pond projects?
- Who is the pond liner manufacturer they work with?
- How long will the project take?
- What permits need to be pulled, if any?
A contractor who answers all of your questions and provides a reasonable quote for installation is who you should consider hiring.
Select The Right Pond Liner
The liner will determine how well your pond will withstand the test of time. You'll want one that is durable and eco-conscious of the environment around it. These are the most popular types of pond liners,
- LDPE liner
- PVC fabric lining
- PVC shells
- Concrete or gunite sided pond creations
Depending on your budget and how long you want your pool liner to last, you may want to consider what material will be best for what you want. Liners can be specially formed and cut to meet the dimensions of your space. A custom concrete shell has to be poured and formed but is a permanent fixture in your garden space. Pre-made shells, bought from a place like Billboard Tarps, are an inexpensive way to have a ready-made pond liner that is durable if well cared for.
In order to preserve the longevity of your pond liner and the entire pond, you'll want to practice good water maintenance. This means adding algae killing plants and fish as well as pump system that keeps water flowing. Make sure your pond installer is well equipped in caring for small water ponds and shows you how to test and treat your water issues regularly.
Choose a location that allows you to enjoy your pond at all times. You may also want to install lights, waterfalls and plants that accentuate the area. Landscaping with rocks and lawn ornaments is important to create a welcoming space. Make sure your pond liner is protected and there are no invasive shrubs or large trees that could grow under or into the liner and create cracks and holes.
Building a pond will add to the value of your property and create a space you can enjoy throughout the year.