Step Three Ė Dig In
Believe it or not, I found steps one and two to be the hard part. Once I actually began digging, it went surprisingly easy and fast. Granted, I did have help with the grunt work. My wife, and her sister and brother-in-law were a great help in moving dirt. Even with the four of us, I was surprised that we installed the pond and did some landscaping in one day. I did remove the grass the day before which made for easier digging the next day.
Removing the top couple of inches of grass and dirt is hard work but I wanted to remove the grass in sections so that I could transplant it in some more barren areas of my front yard. I slid a spade under the grass roots and removed sections much like you would buy sod.
Two of us dug while the others handled the wheelbarrow and hauled the dirt away. This gave us a few minutes to rest between wheelbarrow trips.
Waterfall Hints: The
slightest angle will work. Water will follow the easiest path so you donít
need a steep angle to direct the water where you want it. If you find that you
still have a problem with water running the wrong way, you can buy cans of
spray-on foam insulation that you can spray into the cracks between the rocks to
block off the unwanted path of the water. You can get the foam insulation in
black so that it doesnít show as much.
Make sure the rocks are level left-to-right so that the water drips evenly across the face of the waterfall and doesnít all run to one side.
Make a little concave area under the bottom rock of the waterfall. This makes a little ďecho chamberĒ that greatly enhances that wonderful ďgurglingĒ sound that the water makes as it falls back into the pond.You can buy pre-formed waterfalls but they are expensive and, in my opinion, donít look nearly as nice as natural stone.
You are now ready to install your pump and filter.
If you are using a submersible pump, put it in the deepest part of the pond. This does a better job of circulating the sediment that naturally settles to the bottom of the pond through your filter for removal. However, make sure you can reach the pump because you will occasionally have to clear debris from the pumpís inlet. I recommend setting the pump on a rock or a brick so that it is not sitting directly in the sediment that settles to the bottom of the pond. Remember to make sure that you power cord will reach your electrical outlet. Some submersible pumps have a fountain made into them with a plastic pipe that rises above the water. Others use a discharge hose that you will run to your waterfall or fountain. In either case, it is important to have the water go through the air at some point to replenish the oxygen in the water. Just follow the instructions that come with whatever pump(s) that you buy.
WE DID IT!
Itís still rather simple and
plain, but time, plants and landscaping will take care of that. Next Iíll
describe the finishing touches that really made it all work. Donít overlook
the maintenance section below.
WARNING! DO NOT put fish in yet! Your pond needs to stabilize before fish will survive. You need to let it stabilize at least a few days before introducing fish. This gives time for the chlorine in the water to dissipate and the ecology to get started. Ask your pet supply store about how to get started with your fish. See more about fish under the "fish" section.
Next: Finishing Touches