Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

How to Build Your Own Garden Pond in a Weekend

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

How to Build Your Own Garden Pond in a Weekend

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ARE you keen to create your very own water feature - perhaps in the form of a pond?

Blake Hill from Clearpond shares everything you need to know before (ahem) digging in.

Ponds are a simple way to create a cool oasis in your garden and, depending on the size and scope of your planned pond, they also make for a great DIY project.

Before diving in, make sure you consult your local council to ensure your pond complies with regulations, and dial before you dig to avoid hitting any underground utilities.

1. Choose your material

There are a variety of materials suitable for ponds, from PVC or EPDM liner (an extremely durable, synthetic rubber roofing membrane) to concrete, fiberglass and preformed ponds.

Preformed options are ready-made (generally from plastic) ponds which are available in various shapes and sizes.

Preformed ponds offer convenience, easy transport and installation and are a great choice for the less confident DIY-er, while EPDM liner allows you to build a pond to whatever shape and depth you'd like.

You'll also need rocks, plants and ornaments to landscape the area around your new pond.

2. Choose your location

Steer clear of trees - the roots can make digging a pond hard work.

The trees will also drop leaves into the pond, promoting algae growth and making for a bigger cleaning and maintenance job.

To avoid your pond being polluted by run-off from soil and debris, avoid spots that fill with water during heavy rain.

Finally, consider access to power - most ponds require a minimum of one power outlet, so you'll require an electrician if your power outlet needs to be moved.

3. Plan your design

Despite what you may think, a deeper pond is usually easier to maintain.

That's because shallow ponds heat up more easily, promoting algae growth and often causing ongoing issues.

If you want to have fish in your pond, be aware that some species - for example Koi - will thrive in deeper ponds. …

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