How to Find Right Place for Your Backyard Pond

When starting the water garden planning process, choosing a suitable location should be your first step. There are a lot of factors to consider, including practical factors like the amount of shade, as well as aesthetic factors like how it will blend with its surroundings. With this easy-to-follow infographic, you will be able to quickly discern the right place for your backyard garden.

Before digging a new pond, it is worthwhile to take some extra time to ensure that the pond is installed in just the right spot. The following three steps are designed to help homeowners choose a location for their pond that is both beautiful and practical.

Step 1: Plan Ahead

Think about what sort of fish and plants will live in the pond. The flora and fauna will help determine how much, if any, shade the pond will need. Note that your pond will need a minimum of 6 hours each day if you plan on having aquatic plants in your pond.

Step 2: “Elevated” Thinking

To avoid run-off from fertilizers and other chemicals, it is best not have a pond at the bottom of a steep hill. However, the hills and valleys of a yard can be put to good use as part of the pond design, for instance, by creating a tiered waterfall.

Step 3: Keep Safety in Mind

Call 811 or your local utility company to located buried pies and power lines before digging.

Step 4: Visualize the Finished Product

When considering a particular area, try to imagine what the completed pond will look like. Will it be overpoweringly large, and look crowded against a backdrop of greenery? Or will it be too small and look awkward in the middle of a bare lawn? Finding the right spot means finding a balance between the size of the pond and the size of the location.