Backyard Pond Building a backyard pond is really not a difficult project and could easily be accomplished in a weekend or two. While the work is not hard does require some elbow grease. I built this pond in 5 days by myself except for the assistance of a helper that spent 4 hours helping me rock in the pond. Most of the tools used should be in every gardeners shed. While this is not a particularly low cost project the job can be done at a reasonable cost especially if planned well.

Building a backyard pond is one of those projects that garden fanatics have on their list right along side the greenhouse they want. Well I have both and I must say that they both are very pleasurable and they were worth the wait and the bit of work it took to make them a reality. So if you are excited bout the possibility of building a back yard pond then read on as I give you a step by step guide.

 

Building A Backyard Pond Step By Step

 

Step 1 Planning

      The very first step in planning is to decide how much money you will have to spend on your project. I will be using my pond in this guide so I will start with the cost associated with my experience building a backyard pond.

My pond is 10′ x 12′ and has an average depth of 2 feet with a center area at 36″ which is about 3′ x 4′ this is important as you will see in a moment.

A) Size Of The Pond – the pond is 10′ x 12′ so the pond liner and the pond padding needed to be a minimum of 18′ x 20′ this allows for 3’in depth for each side plus a 1′ overhang at the top of the pond.
Pond Padding ………………………………………………………………………………….. $120.00
40 Mil EDPM Rubber Liner……………………………………………………………………. $425.00
Total Cost …………………………………………………………………………………… $545.00

B) Mechanical Elements – The next Items to consider is the skimmer, the waterfall weir and the recirculating pump.
Waterfall Weir ……………………………………………………………………………… $325.00
Skimmer Box ………………………………………………………………………………. $180.00
4000 gallon per Hour Pump ………………………………………………………………. $465.00
Total Cost …………………………………………………………………………………. $980.00

C) Rock And Gravel – Final materials are boulders and gravel to line the pond here is where the heavy lifting comes in but is the final touch to make it perfect.
1.5 Tons 14″ – 16″ Granite Boulders………………………………………………………… $210.00
2.5 Tons 8″- 12″ Granite Boulders…………………………………………………………… $350.00
1.5 Tons River Gravel…………………………………………………………………………. $120.00
Total Cost………………………………………………………………………………….. $680.00

D) Landscaping – Landscaping when building a backyard pond is a variable cost and can range from $200.00 to $1500.00 my pond was $875.00

E) Supplies – Miscellaneous supply cost for items such as (builders string, line level, pain reliever, cooler, ice, and beer) should also be include in the budget usually around !50.00 will cover it.

Step 2 Locating The Pond
It is vitally important when building a backyard pond that you choose the right location. Do not place the pond under trees as the root systems will interfere with digging and may eventually grow into the pond. You will need to locate the pond near a water source and also a source of at least one electrical outlet with a 20 amp rating and the circuit Must Be GFI Protected.

The cost of running an electrical line to the pond will vary of course based on the distance from the electrical source cost may range from a couple hundred dollars to $1500.00 or more..

It also should be said that your final location should be one which will be where you can access and enjoy your water feature and it will enhance the time which you will spend outdoors. A major improvement such as building a backyard pond may also require you adjust other areas of the garden to showcase and fit in with this new major improvement.

 

Let The Construction Begin

Now that you know what it takes financially to put in a backyard pond lets start the construction. By following These steps and using the photos as a guide you will easily be able to start building a backyard pond this weekend. The fun begins on the next page so if you are ready here we go…

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