Are you considering installing a pond in your garden or back yard? If so, you have two basic options, you can dig your own hole and design the pond yourself, or use a preformed fibreglass pond. While both options have their pros and cons, fibreglass ponds are definitely easier to use and work well in areas with loose soil, where building your own pond may be nearly impossible.
Fibreglass ponds are molded with durable plastic into a wide range of shapes and sizes. These hard shell liners are perfect for any type of pond and they will support most types of plants and fish.
Choose a Space in Your Yard
The first step is to find a location in your yard that is best suited for a pond. You want to steer away from any trees in the yard because the falling leaves can wreak havoc in your pond. You also want to avoid placing your pond at the bottom of a hill because it could make it more susceptible to flooding. If you are planning to use a pump or filtration system or install a fountain in your pond, you will also want to consider placing your pond near a source of electricity.
If possible, use the most level area of land in your yard. This will make installation of the pond quicker and easier. Once a location has been determined, measure your space so you know exactly how much room you have for your pond. This will help you select a pond that best fits your space.
Installing your Pond
Once you are ready to install your pond, you will want to start by digging a hole that is about two inches deeper than your fibreglass pond and just slightly wider. It is very important that the hole be as level as possible before installing your pond. You may have to check the ground with a level several times and then readjust the soil until it is perfectly level. You will want to save the ground you dig up to use as fill later.
Although only optional, it is a good idea to add one or two inches of sand to the bottom of the hole prior to installing the pond. This will help to ensure the pond remains firmly in place once installed. After adding the sand, be sure to level the area again. Once everything is in place, you can put the fibreglass pond into the hole.
Start by adding just a few inches of water to the bottom of the pond and then level the pond again and make adjustments as necessary. This may seem like a lot of leveling, but if you want until the pond is full of water, it will be too late. If everything looks good, you can fill the pond about half full and then fill in all the edges with the reserved ground. Once the ground is packed firmly around the pond, you can fill the rest of it with water.
Installing a fibreglass pond is very easy to do and should take just a few hours to complete. You should let the ground settle for a few days before adding the desired fish and plants. Be sure to keep a good balance of fish and plants because this will keep your pond healthy and make it easier to maintain.