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Pond Building Technique

    Put Some Thought Into Your Pond

    • Take some things into consideration before building the pond. Do not rush into building it. Think about dimensions, such as how deep and wide the pond will be, and whether you want plants or animals inside it. Do you want the pond raised above the ground, or do you want it to be a submerged structure? You should not only put some thinking into it, but also some research. There are many pond societies, such as the Austin Pond Society, which keep a record of other pond building societies.

    Dealing with Heat

    • If you live in a place where the temperature gets very hot, your pond alone will start to evaporate and the water will start to disappear. To solve this problem, you should consider getting plants that will provide shade for your water, such as water lilies.

    Keep Location in Mind

    • Most amateur pond builders want to build their ponds in a part of their land that is slightly submerged. Although the idea is tempting, and the thought is understandable, this is a mistake. Most of the run-off that comes from rain will go into your pond and ruin it. If your neighbors, or you, use fertilizer in the soil, you will end up with this stuff in your pond if you build it in a submerged part of your yard. The best advice would be to look at where other people put their ponds to get some ideas on where to put yours. Usually, ponds benefit from being built on a small hill of land.

    Symmetrical or Asymmetrical?

    • Depending on your taste, you may choose a symmetrical pond or an asymmetrical one, above or below the ground. If you like something with a more natural appearance, try building an asymmetrical pond.

    Picking a Liner

    • There are four kinds of liners: natural, flexible, hard and concrete. Every liner you use, with the exception of the hard liner, gives you freedom over what kind of structure you choose for your pond.

    Your Budget

    • If budget is your concern, you should use natural liners, which are cheap. However, leakage is a concern with natural liners. You might end up with more expenses later on using a natural liner. For example, if you plan to use flexible liners, you should get rubber liners instead of plastic ones, since rubber ones will last you as long as you maintain your pond adequately. Getting an expensive liner is not always a good choice. For example, using a concrete liner is more expensive, but it cracks eventually and causes leaks.

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