Lay out your pond outline.
Here’s a neat little trick. Take a rope or a garden hose and measure it to the
outside dimensions of your liner. Don’t forget to allow for going down the
sides of the pond and subtract that from your liner size. Take you measured rope
(or hose) and lay it on the ground and use it to determine the location and
shape of your pond. This allows you to experiment with the shape before you
begin to dig. It also helps to make sure you have enough room around your pond
for plants, walkways or whatever.
Step Two – Get Your Act Together
Get all of the materials and tools that you will need for the project.
Lesson 3: ROCKS ARE EXPENSIVE!
I bought about 20 larger, pretty rocks for my waterfall. I used about 70 square pink granite rough cut stones about 7” x 10” to line the inside edge of the pond. They were expensive but I really like the look of the granite at the water line. I bought 12” square brick pavers to make a walkway around the pond. I picked up a few more pretty rocks to scatter about the garden around the pond.
Altogether, I spent about $300 on rocks! And that was with a discount from a friend who ran the nursery! This was the biggest single expense of the project.
A friend knew someone who had a large piece of land with a creek running through it. He allowed him take a whole truckload of creek stone out of there for free when he built his pond. Something to think about.
Hint: Get your rocks a few days before you begin digging. Moving rocks is back-breaking work. You will need to rest up before you begin digging. In my case, I had to carry the rocks from storage bins to a scale, then load them into my truck, then unload them from my truck at home, and then carry them to the area of the pond. I’m glad that I didn’t plan to dig the pond the next day.
One more note about rocks: I did experience considerable growth of 'string algae" late in my fist year of my pond. I found that the algae was attached to the rocks around the edge of my pond and not to the liner. Based on this, one might assume that the more rocks you have in the water, the more surface you have to grow string algae.
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