This pond began with just some simple plans drawn on notebook paper. When designing something that will grow and evolve over many years, this simple step is crucial!
Once the layout is set, it’s time to gather materials. Approximately eight tons of rock of all shapes and sizes will fill this pond in just right. Notice the large flat stones for the bottom of this pond.
Where to put the pond? After considering the options, this space was the only choice in this yard. A fig tree sits on one side and crepe myrtles will frame it from behind.
Before digging, we used garden hoses to mark the depths. The 1′ level will hold potted plants that don’t like deep water, and the 2′ level will be perfect for water lilies and fish.
The skimmer is installed! Since the skimmer depth determines the level of your pond, this is a very important step. A large piece of thick flagstone covers the top, creating a secure place to stand. Digging has begun.
Time for the underlayment. The flexible tubing running from the skimmer (pump) to the waterfall box has been hidden under the berm surrounding the pond, keeping yard waste out and pond water in.
The liner is in place. We started at the bottom and worked our way up, folding where needed and being very careful with the folds at the top as water can sneak out, without being visible, through any fold that lies too low.
Rocks, rocks and more rocks! This is a crucial step in creating the look of a natural pond, as well as ensuring a safe and secure water feature. We kept it natural and used no mortar on this pond, just lots of time and patience.
The rocks and boulders are in place, including steps that lead down into the pond. This will help when it’s time for plant trimming or other maintenance.
The pond is filled! Its waterfall stands 2′ tall and has a sheer descent which hits a large rock before it reaches the water’s surface.
This pond is finished, and will continue to grow as a uniquely beautiful ecosystem for many years. One large koi and several goldfish call it home. We call it beautiful.
A closeup of the gorgeous ecosystem created by a well-designed water feature. This pond will only become more alive over the years!