The first step in building a backyard pond is to chose location and size of the pond. Next you’ll want to use a hose to the desired shape and mark out the area with turf paint. After you have the pond area marked out you’ll want to set your bio falls and skimmer filters. Be sure to set these filters at opposite ends for ideal water flow. You’ll also want to keep in mind the main viewing area for the waterfalls at this time. Once the pond filters are set begin to connect the plumbing and back fill around skimmer and biofalls. Be sure to compact soil in layers to avoid settling. The skimmer and biofalls should both sit level front to back and side to side. The biofalls may lean slightly forward if desired. You may now begin to excavate your first shelf of the pond approx: 8-10 inches below grade. Continue this until you reach the recommended depth of 24″. We typically install 3 shelves in all ecosystem ponds. After the shelves are square and level you may now set the underlayment followed by the fish safe pond liner. When installing the liner be sure to remove as many folds as possible. After the liner is properly attached to both the biofalls filter and skimmer you may begin to start rocking in the pond. Be sure to use lots of different size and shape boulders to avoid a uniform look. Once the pond is totally rocked in and the waterfalls are built begin filling the pond rinsing down all rocks and gravel as you go. You’ll want to pump this water out as you rinse to avoid dirty water in the pond. As soon as the rocks and gravel rinse clean you may now fill the pond. Naturalize the pond with plants and mulch around the edges. Low growing “creeping” plants tend to help with the natural look without blocking the view of the pond. The final step… sit back and enjoy!
See how easy it is to transform your outdoor living space with the Aquascape DIY Backyard Pond Kit! Your pond maintenance is greatly reduced when you use an ecosystem approach to create your garden water feature using an easy-to-install kit.
MicroSkim® – Removes leaves and debris from the surface of the pond and provides protection for your pump
MicroFalls® Filter – Provides complete biological filtration
AquaSurge® 2000 waterfall pump
25 feet of 1 1/2 ” quality kink-free hose
Pond Liner made from quality EPDM 45 mil fish safe rubber – 20-year guarantee!
Geotextile underlayment – Protects liner from sharp objects
All necessary fittings and silicone sealants
Complete installation instructions and owner’s manual
DIY Backyard Pond Kits come in the following sizes:
Size: 4′ x 6′ Pond Kit
Includes: 8′ x 10′ Liner (Unit Weight: 75 lbs.)
Size: 6′ x 8′ Pond Kit
Includes:10′ x 12′ Liner (Unit Weight: 87 lbs.)
Size: 8′ x 11′ Pond Kit
Includes: 12′ x 15′ Liner (Unit Weight: 107 lbs.)
Author: Bobby Kenyon
Bobby Kenyon is the Creative Solutions Guru for C.E. Pontz Sons who has over a decade plus experience in the Landscape & Water Garden industry . He enjoys long walks on the beach and grocery shopping but has a strong dislike for regular cake and non brand name paper towels