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How To Make Your Own Backyard Pond

by Elmer Johnson

A small backyard pond is a beautiful accent to any yard. If done right, you can have fish and natural plants growing in your pond before long. Building your own pond takes some work and should be done right. See below for instructions on how to build your own backyard pond.

Tools And Materials Needed For The Job:

  • Shovel
  • Gloves
  • Pond liner (size will depend on how large you want your pond to be)
  • Level
  • Spray paint
  • Sand (or fine gravel for leveling)
  • Tamper
  • Aquatic plants (optional)
  • Fish (optional)


These instructions are for an in-ground pond; you can have an above-ground pond as well placed in a wooden box and surrounded by dirt if you prefer.

  1. Figure out where in your yard you want to put your pond. Then take your liner, place it upside down and mark the lines using the spray paint. The lines will represent where you will need to dig out the ground for your pond.
  2. Using your shovel, begin to dig out the ground following the lines you marked. Dig it deep enough to fit the pond liner.
  3. Once dug out, place the liner into the hole and use your level to get the pond liner level. Fill in the area with sand and tamp the ground down to help provide a level surface. Continue adding sand and tamping until the entire pond liner is level. Be sure that the liner is level with highest ground surrounding the liner. 
  4. Once the liner is level, begin adding back fill around the edges of the liner. You may need a helper to hold the liner in place while you do this.
  5. Begin slowly adding water and watch the pond liner to be sure it remains level.
  6. To keep your pond clean and clear, you can add a pond filter and pump. Look for a filter and pump at your local hardware store and follow the manufacturer instructions. Be sure to keep the filter clean and check it often, otherwise you could end up with a marsh rather than a pond.
  7. Add aquatic plants to your pond and greenery surrounding the area to add beauty. Wait a few days to let the water set and you can begin adding goldfish or koi fish to your pond. Both can be found at your local pet store.
  8. Watch your pond flourish and enjoy your backyard water feature.

A pond is a nice addition to any yard. You can have a simple pond, or add other features such as fish, plants or even a waterfall. 

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