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Article by: Robert Dorrance

The location , Lawn Care Business Owners - Don't Buy Yourself A Job of your pond , Wrought Iron Garden Benches should be decided. You've picked a good spot in your yard , Control Weeds Effectively In Your Garden where you can see the pond , Hibiscus - Tropical Beauty from different places, , Green Thumb Gifts: Beyond Gardening Gloves and it's near enough to the house , Waterfalls so you can see it from a window. , Potting Benches: Beautiful and Practical This is really part of the fun because you can visualize the landscaping , Edgeworthia Chrysantha ideas you'll be incorporating into the pond , Waterfall s area once the dig is finished.

The first thing to do is outline the perimeter of your pond. , Small Backyard Mini-s are Low on Maintenance and Easy to Install Avoid square or sharp corners because your pond , Spring Planting Tips liner will conform much better to a freeform round or kidney shape. You should also have made the decision by this time about the size of the design. , How to Sprout I would strongly suggest not going too small. I changed the size of our pond , Stump Grinders - Use Stump Grinders Safely! two times because the first and second time just weren't big enough. Lay out the final design , Waterfall Ponds and size on the ground where you plan , This Autumn, Postpone the Winter Blues for Your Lawn to dig with a can of spray paint. , Planting for Wildlife

The next thing to decide is the depth of the pond. , Planning the Vegetable Patch I would suggest at least twenty four to thirty six inches. Our pond , February Plants are Going to Pot is thirty six to forty eight inches deep and the main reason is the fact that we have fish. , Patio Design Ė Expanding Your Home Outdoors Some of our fish , Edgeworthia Chrysantha are quite large, we have two Koi's that are about eighteen inches long and they definitely need the room. , Tips for a Bulb-o-licious Garden If you're going to have fish, , Some Practical Ideas For Designing Your Own Landscape or think you might get fish , Cornus Mas 'Golden Glory' in the future, then don't skimp on pond , Potting Benches: Beautiful and Practical depth. If you live in a cold winter , How To Make Moss On Your Landscape Rocks And Garden Statues climate like we do, then the fish , Birdfeeders & Birdhouses - The Perfect Outdoor Accessories need room , Growing Raspberries & Blackberries at the bottom to winter , Garden Gazebo - A Stunning Addition to any Landscape over. Like I mentioned previously, we haven't lost a fish , Lawn Care Business Owners - Don't Buy Yourself A Job to the winter , Planting for Wildlife in the eight years we've had our pond. , Flower Delivery

Keep in mind that you want to keep the top 'shoreline"¬Ě edges pretty level. The reason for this is that once you put the liner in and fill the pond , Texas Drought Well Documented in the Past with water , 3 Easy Steps to Growing Plants from Seed you won't have a large piece of the liner showing on the high side of the hole. Also as you dig, remember that you are going to want a ledge most of the way around the perimeter of the hole, about six to twelve inches down from the top and about twelve inches wide. This will provide you with a "shelf"¬Ě to set your pond plants , Gardening - When to Prune on.

Once the hole is dug and shaped to your satisfaction and with any protruding sharp rocks removed to provide a relatively smooth surface for the liner to rest on, then you are ready to install the liner. Here are the quick calculations to figure the size of your liner:

Length: Length of the dug out area plus two feet plus the depth plus three feet.

Width: Width of the dug out area plus two feet plus the depth plus three feet.

For Example: The hole is ten feet long by six feet wide and the depth is three feet. Therefore, the liner LENGTH is 10 + 2 +3 +3 = 18 feet. And the WIDTH is 6 + 2 +3 + 3 = 14 feet. So the needed liner size is 18 feet long and 14 feet wide.

Some people have lined the dug hole with old carpet , Hibiscus - Tropical Beauty scraps to provide a little extra cushion under the liner and also a little more protection in case a sharp rock may have escaped detection. Personally, I didn't do this and we haven't had any leakage problems.

So, now it's time to install the liner. Make it easier and get some help for this operation. Position the liner over the hole, trying to keep an even overlap on all four sides. Next push the liner down into the hole as evenly as you can, keeping in mind that you want the overlap to be as equal as possible all the way around the hole. When you are satisfied that the liner is positioned correctly, place , Cornus Mas 'Golden Glory' a few heavy rocks on the overlap equally spaced around the pond. , Traditional Wisdom or Old-fashioned Nonsense?

Now it's time to start filling the pond. , Wrought Iron Garden Benches Obviously, the smaller the pond, , Cornus Mas 'Golden Glory' the quicker the fill. A large pond , Gardening Supplies can take quite a while, and while it is filling use the time to disperse the liner evenly so that you don't get a lot of large folds. You're bound to get some folds but if you work on smoothing them out as the water , How To Make Moss On Your Landscape Rocks And Garden Statues is going in the end result will be a nicer appearance. If you have to make any moves to even out the overlap, do it before too much water , Planting for Wildlife is added because it gets heavy fairly quickly and once the weight of the water , Outdoor Living Cleanses The Mind, Body, and Spirit takes over you won't be moving anything. As the pond , Cornus Mas 'Golden Glory' fills and the liner conforms to the shape of the hole and you see that your overlap around the edges is looking pretty good, then you can start to relax because the hard part is done.
Robert Dorrance has had a pond , Waterfalls for the last eight years and would like to share his experiences with you. You can read other articles and download my free e-book, "How To Build A Beautiful Backyard , Camellias Pond at http://www.Backyard-Pond-Guide.com

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