A Home Owner's Guide to Adding a Backyard Pond

A backyard pond can add colour, life and visual interest to any landscaping. However, installing new water features comes with unique challenges that even homeowners who are familiar with other types of hardscaping may not know how to approach.

When installed incorrectly, a pond can cause water damage, electrical problems and even potential health issues. In this blog, we guide you through the process of adding a backyard pond so that you can safely avoid the threats of poor waterproofing, overloaded electrical circuits and persistent unwanted organic growth like algae.

Consult With the Right Professionals

As with any complex home project, you must know which tasks you can handle yourself and which require professional expertise. If you have questions about any step of the pond installation process, reach out to an appropriate professional for advice.

Before you begin drawing up your plans, consider consulting with a landscape architect and a water feature pump expert. These professionals can help you find the right site for your new pond and decide on the appropriate equipment to keep your pond clean and beautiful.

During this stage, you should also check if there are any building codes, homeowner's association rules or municipal bylaws that impact the allowable size, depth or purpose of your pond.

Decide on Your Pond's Purpose

As you begin to put together your pond plans, think about why you want your pond. Do you plan to keep fish? Would you like to add a bubbling fountain to make the water feature both auditory and visual? Do you plan to make the pond an integral part of your garden?

Fish ponds, fountain ponds and garden ponds are not incompatible, but each type of pond has specific requirements. For example, fish and fountains often require that your pond be of a certain depth to enable free swimming and normal water flow.

As you determine how you'll use your pond and how that use dictates the water feature's dimensions, find an appropriate site for the pond. Check that the area is clear of any utility lines or other obstructions to the needed excavation and that you have enough clearance for your family to walk through and play in the yard.

Invest in the Correct Equipment for Your Pond

While the correct equipment for your pond may be a larger investment than your second-choice equipment, opting for high-quality materials can ensure that your pond installation goes smoothly and that the finished product lasts longer.

Choose a liner or prefabricated pond designed for ponds like yours. Consult with a plant nursery for recommendations on any reeds or other water plants you want to add. Choose a pond pump with the correct water capacity for a pond of the planned size. Also check that your pump works with saltwater or freshwater according to your needs.

You may want to consider high-end equipment, such as a solar pump, to reduce the maintenance your pond will need once it's complete.

Set Aside Adequate Construction and Cycling Time

Most pond projects must be completed in several stages. Preferably, all of your construction should take place during dry and temperate weather conditions.

Additionally, if you plan to add fish, you will need to leave time for the water to cycle and cultivate essential bacteria. Pond cycling can take as long as six weeks but takes less time in warm weather.

Follow these guidelines to ensure that your backyard pond completes your landscaping without endangering any of the other elements you have worked so hard to construct and place.

For pump services for most types of outdoor water features, from koi ponds to pool waterfalls, trust the team at Shenton Pumps.