Backyard Centerpiece

Homes with waterfront views and accents are admired by

many. This is because being around water offers a

feeling of beauty, allure, and serenity. Putting up

your own water accent in your backyard, such as a fish

pond, will also add that visual appeal. Make your yard

alive with the soothing sounds of water in motion.

Make your fish pond the focal point of your backyard.

However, there are some considerations before

constructing one:


Consider the climate of your area. If your weather

experiences winter times, then it is best if you make

you fish pond deeper since the fish tend to hibernate

at the bottom of the pond and naturally stop eating

when the water temperature goes below 45 degrees.

If you live in a location where the pond will

completely freeze over, it is imperative that a hole

be created in the ice to help the fish remain alive.

In this case, aquatic plants should be removed and

placed indoors since they may not survive the cold



Consider the filtration system of your pond. There is

what you call natural filtration where it is provided

by the action of the moving water. If this is the

case, considering the design of your system and the

climate of your area, then you do not need a filter

for the pond.

However, to know what is best for your pond, consult a

pond professional concerning filtration. There are

cartridge filters and biological filters available

from shops that provide pond supplies.

Now, to get your backyard pond started:

First step. Make intelligent decisions by educating


Do not push through water gardening or pond building

without knowing the essentials about it. Know what

equipment are needed to be used. Find out if your yard

is appropriate to hold such an accent. Is the climate

compatible with your pond? Are you up for the regular

maintenance it needs? Take into consideration the

availability of supplies such as electricity,

filtration, and water. Decide what type of pond are

you willing to make, is it a small one? Or a large


Second step. Decide on the location of your pond.

Locate your pond in an area where the sun will be able

to shine on it. Do not place it under the trees since

it will cause a cleaning nightmare due to the falling

leaves. Do not place your pond where runoff water

tends to overflow. These will accumulate in your pond

making it dirty and murky.

Determine the depth of your pond. The average depth of

a back yard pond is between 18" to 24" usually. Make

the outline of your pond and start digging it. Make

steps in order to provide easy access to the pond

during cleaning. These steps will also be perfect for

holding potted plants just above the water. Make sure

that the bottom is leveled as you dig.

Third step. Get hold of an appropriate sized pond


In order to get the right pond liner size, take the

width of your pond and add twice the depth of the

pond, and then add 24 more inches. Measuring the

length will be done using the similar formula. Now,

drape the liner over the pond. Arrange it and place

stones around the edges. Fourth step. Fill it up with


Start filling the pond with water. Fold large creases

neatly and remove wrinkles as you fill the pond with

water to make it les noticeable.

Fifth step. Install the needed equipment.

After filling it up with water, place filters, pumps,

and lightings to the pond. Connect it to the

electrical supply. Then add your fish and plants, and