Have you considered building a pond in your backyard to enhance the surroundings? There is some work attached to it but you can do the job yourself.
If you enjoy working on projects, this is one that will not only add beauty to your property, it will be the perfect area for you to relax and unwind after a stressful day. The following tips will help you determine what type of backyard pond you want to build.
Consider whether you want a fish pond or a water garden. A larger pond will be required if you want to have both fish and plants. You should also think about the position of the pond in your backyard; are there any tree roots or rocks to interfere with it and is there electricity within reach if you are going to install a pump.
There are basically three methods you can use for your pond:
1. Preformed plastic pond – This is the least expensive way to have a pond in your backyard, and the easiest. This is perfect for the beginner with no experience.
2. Concrete basin – This is the most expensive way of constructing a pond and needs some skill to complete.
3. Basin with vinyl liner – This is not as expensive as using concrete but still requires a certain amount of work. This method can produce fantastic results, and you can create waterfall landscapes for a realistic look.
The biggest problem with using a vinyl liner in your pond is creating a layer of support that will protect it from damage once the weight of the water is applied. Avoiding damage caused by dogs, mice, birds, tree roots and rocks is also an added worry. The liner is fairly costly and installation can be difficult especially if you do not have any help. This is probably not what you want for a do-it-yourself project, especially if you are on a tight budget.