4 Tips for Building Your Own Pond

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People who move out into the country’s rural areas are transforming their homes to blend in with the environment. The primary requirement to make a property blend into a rural setting would be the presence of trees and bodies of water, like rivers and ponds. However, some people are finding it disappointing that their properties do not have any access to bodies of water. Fortunately, there are simple tips that can be followed on how to build a pond. These tips are easy to follow, and it would create a pond that has been blessed with a beautiful setting.

1- Planning for the Pond

The first thing that one should consider would be planning how the pond would look like. There are several types of ponds, and one could choose the pond they wanted to build by looking extensively at photos and other samples available online. One could also work with a professional who would be showing them tips and tricks on how they could start excavating their ponds. The type of pond should also match the landscape, and one should also consider how deep the pond will be. The addition of living organisms should also be planned early because once the pond has been completed, it will be too complicated to choose which type of organism should be living there without planning it initially.

2- Creating the Pond

The next thing to do would be the creation of the pond. The effort exerted in creating the pond depends on its size. If someone chooses to build a big pond, heavy equipment must be used to excavate the area. For those who wanted to build a small pond, using the shovel would suffice. One should also consider the shape of the pond when building it, and according to studies, a kidney-shaped pond would maximize the size of the coastline. Another rule that has to be followed when digging the pond would be its depth, and as a rule of thumb, for every three feet towards the center, one foot of depth should be added.

After the digging, one should construct a dam and a spillway. A dam would be a great addition to the pond because it would help transport water in it. Just make sure to check its depth frequently because it might fall or rise depending on the climate. The dam should also be made out using soil, and it is useful in preventing the water from leaking or seeping through. The spillway, on the other hand, would enable the pond to maintain the same amount of water no matter what the climate it. Together, the dam and the spillway works as the pond’s maintaining agents, and it should not be forgotten during the building process.

Another thing to remember when creating the pond would be stabilizing its banks. The water from the pond would erode the soil that it touches, and to prevent the soil from eroding down the water, one should consider planting grass around the banks. Adding grasses on the side of the pond would strengthen the soil and tighten its grip. It would also make the soil firmer, preventing water from eroding it. It would help the builder manage the pond efficiently because the depth of the pond would not change drastically due to erosion.

3- Giving Life to the Pond

Once the pond is built, adding life inside it would make it livelier. For ponds which are one acre in area, adding 100 to 500 fishes is a great idea. The population of the fish added to the pond will become self-sustaining, and it will be available for fishing activities in two to three years. Make sure to add a new habitat for the fish to live in, which are typically imitation rocks that are made of concrete. Try to mimic their natural habitat for them to adjust quickly to their new environment.

4- Maintaining the Pond

When the pond has been completed, and life has been added to it, one should spend most of his or her time in maintaining the pond. Make sure to remove the algae from the water, as it might cause the depletion of oxygen in the water leading to a fish kill. Buy an aerator as well to manage the oxygen deep beneath the pond.

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