A pond is a fun addition to your property. If you live in the country, you might want a large pond and stock it with fish. If you live in the city, you might want a small pond with koi fish or a water fountain that makes soothing sounds. Here's a look at the pond installation process for a small backyard pond.
Choose The Right Location
The pond installation contractor can help you choose the best location for your pond. It should be in an area that drains well and is convenient to hook up with power and water. Plus, the contractor needs to have underground utility lines located and marked so they don't dig in an area where there are plumbing or electrical lines buried.
Sun and shade are important considerations too, depending on what you intend to do with the pond. Partial shade is often necessary for koi fish, but you can always add shade if it isn't available during the hottest part of the day.
Choose The Design
Visualize how you want your pond to look so the contractor knows how to design it. You can get a custom pond made if you want one that bends around features in your yard. If you want a waterfall, the contractor needs to build a two-tiered pond. Once the contractor knows your wishes, they can choose the best way to build your new pond and order the supplies needed.
Depending on the shape and size of the pond you want, the contractor can choose a pond shell or liner for the installation. Once the contractor has the shell or design for the liner, they can mark the shape on your lawn with spray paint and get ready to dig.
Dig Up The Soil
The pond installation contractor will probably bring in machinery to dig out the pond. Even though your pond may not be very deep, there may be tree roots that make it difficult and time-consuming to dig the pit out by hand.
Once the area is dug out, the contractor can put down the liner or slide in the shell. They can hook up the filters, pump, and other equipment too, so while they're digging, they may need to dig trenches for the electrical cable and water supply line if you want to put a spigot nearby.
Rocks are an important part of pond installation. Rocks hold the liner or shell in place. Plus, they give fish a place to hide from the sun. Rocks also make your pond attractive, so your contractor will arrange them to give your pond the most pleasing appearance.
Fill With Water
One of the last steps is to fill your pond with water and test the fountain, waterfall, or lights that have been added. The contractor also wants to check the pump and make sure the pond is operating properly. They may advise you to wait several days before you start putting in fish so you can watch for leaks and other problems before you put fish at risk.
For more information on pond installation, contact a professional near you.