How to build a low-maintenance garden pond in 7 steps

Written by Kremena Ruseva

DIY garden pond in 7 steps before and after

Learn how you can easily build a low maintenance garden pond by yourself only in a few steps. If you have a bit of space in the garden, set up a small pond with a mini waterfall and enjoy the soothing sound of flowing water.

DIY Low maintenance garden pond – necessary materials

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For building a garden pond by yourself, you will need the following materials: foil, pad, water pump, shaft tube, sand, gravel, pebbles, foam, band clamp and T-junction.

Step 1: Search for a professional advice

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If you want to build a garden pond by yourself, preparation is very important. Consider where you want to build it, how big and how deep it will be, and other important details. It would be best if you first search for a professional advice and analyze the initial situation very carefully before proceeding with the construction.

Step 2: Create a base

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The foundation is of great significance when building a pond in the garden. It is important that you choose the right liner as a base. Check very carefully whether the film is leaking. The leak is the most common defect in ponds.

Step 3: A protective foil

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The pond foil should be well protected from sharp stones and other objects. If you attach the foil to the brim with heavy boulders, make a backing of cloth, which will protect the foil from the stones.

Step 4: Position the water pump properly

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When you build a pond by yourself, and have opted for a water pump, it should not be installed on the ground. Arrange some stones or bricks and then put the pump. If you have planned to add a small waterfall, set the pump in such a way so it can be removed later if needed. Leave a bit of space between the stones at the edge to hide the shaft tube in between.

Step 5: Arrange a protective barrier

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It is especially important when you build a pond that you set up a protective barrier around it. The rain water that can flow in and could cause a lot of damage. As a possible solution, you build a levee around it, so that you can keep the rain water away.

Step 6: Easy drainage of water

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In order to easily empty the pond, you should install a T-shaped connection in the wave tube. In this way, you can easily drain the water to clean your water feature.

Step 7: Use stable hose and pipe materials

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To be sure that you can easily fill the pond with water and then easily empty it, the discharge tube is particularly important. Buy quality materials and invest now in order to avoid additional costs for repairs later. A wave tube is always a good choice because it is more flexible.

Garden pond next to the wooden deck

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Water feature in the wooden veranda

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Triangular shape

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 Stone border

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Plant with water lilies

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 Decoration in the garden

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