It all boils down to location, location, location. Choose where you want your pond to be located on your property. Think about a location that isn’t in full sun, or directly under a tree. A nearby grounded electrical source is a bonus.
Choose the design. Will it be oval shaped? Will it be kidney shaped? Will it have even sides?
Think rocks and decorative items. What elements will you add to your pond? Large landscaping stones? Smaller, smooth rocks? Lighting is also an easy way to decorate.
How much time are you willing to invest in maintaining your pond? A small, simple pond built with the Medium Filter Kit with Pump will require less maintenance than a large fish pond with a waterfall and multiple water features, for example.
Think fish. Do you want aquatic life? Would you like fish in your pond? Certain fish and even some plants will help control mosquitoes, algae growth and help in fertilizing. On the flip side, fish require feeding, and in turn create waste. Here are the top 5 fish for backyard ponds.
Think plants. What type of plants would you prefer? Submerged, marginal, or deep water? Or a combination? Think of plants that would not only look good but will require low maintenance and will help your pond stay healthy. Learn more about picking plants for your pond. If you’re not ready to commit, try faux lilies
Do you want additional features like a small stream or a waterfall? Both add movement, which equals essential aeration. Consider additional products and maintenance required, and if that is something you want to commit to. Fountain displays are a low maintenance add-on that helps keep your pond healthy.
After the design decision making is completed, choose the depth of the pond to accommodate fish or plants. A depth of at least 1.5 ft. is best for fish. Too shallow and they are vulnerable, so do your research first.
Consider pond accessibility. Will you need a dock for feeding the fish and maintenance?
Voila! You’re done with the decision–making; now, you can take charge and start building your dream pond!