How To Build A Simple Water Feature

A water feature can bring beauty and life to your landscape, and can be as simple or as complex as desired. From a basic pool to a spectacular waterfall, we can help you to incorporate a water feature into your existing landscape, or build an entirely new design around an aquatic feature.

To get you started, here are some tips on constructing a simple water feature:

  1. Placement:  Before you ever begin to excavate your pond, it’s important to find the perfect location.  The first step to take is to call 811 to have any electric and gas lines located and marked, so you’ll know where you can and cannot dig.  Once you’ve determined which locations are safe to place your pond, you can focus on aesthetics and ease – you want your pond somewhere visible, away from areas in which your children and pets will be likely to play, and free of large trees and other shade-giving objects that will limit sunlight too much.  If you’d like to incorporate a fountain or lighting, you’ll also want to ensure that your pond is located within reach of an electrical outlet.
  2. Excavation and Sealing:  As you begin to excavate your pond, keep in mind that the sides should be sloped – this will help prevent damage to the liner during the winter, when the water freezes.  You may also want to consider incorporating one or two terraces at the perimeter of the pond, to hold rocks that secure the liner in place as well as any plants you may wish to add.  Once you have excavated your pond, you will want to line it completely, first with a layer of sand or a similar substance to smooth any jagged or rough surfaces, and then with a waterproof liner manufactured for this purpose.
  3. Aesthetics and Finishing: Once your pond has been excavated and lined, you can focus on the fun stuff – the aesthetics!  You may wish to place rocks around the edges of the pond, on the terrace that you included when excavating, so as to naturalize the edge and help hold the liner in place.  You may also want to add plants on a second terrace around the edges, again to help naturalize the appearance of your pond, as well as to provide natural filtration and beauty.  Before you fill your pond, take the opportunity to experiment – sometimes, trial and error is the best way to figure out what looks best, and it’s much easier to move things around before you’ve added water to the pond.
  4. Additional Elements: Now that your pond is constructed and filled, you can consider adding additional elements.  If you want to add a fountain or pump, do so now.  A pump will add movement to the water, preventing it from becoming stagnant, and also adding interest to the feature.  You may also wish to stock your pond with ornamental fish such as koi – if adding livestock, consult with an expert to ensure that the animals you’re adding are well-suited to the environment you’ve created, and that all of their needs are met.

Of course, these are just the basics – while a water feature can be relatively simple, there are still a number of complex elements involved in its construction.  We would love the opportunity to help you add a water feature to your landscape, and to show you just how much beauty and relaxation it can bring to your home. Please contact us to learn more!