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Setting up a Pond - A Quick Walk-through

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A backyard pond is likely to become a favourite feature n your yard – and a project you may be proud of showing off for years to come. It is important to plan upfront for future maintenance so that you are not frustrated by the chores to come with owning and caring for a backyard pond. Here is a quick walkthrough of how to set up a pond, and suggestions for avoiding future frustrations.

  1. Assemble your supplies. Find a pond form if you are going this route- buy used if you can.
    If using a liner instead of a form, buy a one-piece liner to avoid liner leaks. Most suppliers can order liners 50ft wide or even larger – a seamless liner is best to avoid leaks. A liner leak is one of the most common complaints from pond owners!
  2. Pick a location – consider viewpoints you will be looking at the pond from, such as a back patio that may be frequented. Also consider what may be reflected in the pond based on where it is located. Keep in mind that ample sunlight is also required for plants and fish to thrive, and that placing in a shady area may look pretty but can be a clean up nightmare.
  3. Install the pond form or liner.
  4. Add water.  If you are using a well for your water, or are concerned with the costs that may be involved in filling an entire pond, consider attaching tubing to your downspouts to fill the pond with rainwater.
  5. Install recirculation pump. Leave a gap between stones to allow the tubing from the pump to slide through. Do the same for the pump’s power cord to ensure that you will be able to remove and replace the pump without having to move stones or foliage. Do not set the pump on the bottom of the pond where it can pick up dirt and sludge – instead raise it up on a brick or stone.
  6. Add plants if desired.
  7. Add fish if desired.
  8. Prepare for winter. Many pond owners empty their pond during the winter. One way of making this easier is my installing a sump hole when building the pond.


A pond can be a beautiful addition to the landscape of a yard, but ponds can be high maintenance without ample thought before hand. Following the suggestions above is sure to help avoid headaches in the future.

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