Building a Water Garden

A water garden transforms a bare and boring backyard into a restful sanctuary... A place to calm nerves and soothe the senses. Installing a pond takes some work... But with a little planning... Your dream water garden can be a reality.

A water garden transforms a bare and boring backyard into a restful sanctuary, a place to calm nerves and soothe the senses. Installing a pond takes some work, but with a little planning, your dream water garden can be a reality.


The first step is deciding a location. Many varieties of water plants need six or more hours of sunlight.


Once the location is decided, there are two types of ponds to choose from. Flexible PVC liners are lightweight, inexpensive and can be formed into any desired shape. Pre-formed liners are typically more expensive than flexible liners, but are very durable.


In addition to the liner you will also need a pump, hose, filter, water treatment (chlorinated water) and any fountain heads, fish or plants you'd like to add. To simplify this process, we offer pond kits complete with accessories.


Begin installation by creating an outline of the pond, then begin digging. Slope the sides towards the flat bottom. Once the pond site is excavated, remove any rocks or sharp objects remaining in the hole, and then set the liner in. Check the sites level and install tubing, filters and pumps before filling the pond with water. Installing the fountain head on a riser will prevent debris from clogging it.


After the pond is filled, wait at least three days to add fish or plants to chlorinated water. This allows the chlorine to evaporate. When the water is ready, add fish, plants and accessories. A water garden is an easy way to completely change the look of your yard or garden.