DIY Garden Pond Guide

by Jacqui Zuzgo 03/27/2022

If you want to add a pond or water feature to your yard, it might surprise you at how simple the process is. With some basic tools and only a few materials, you can make a tranquil custom water feature to add dimension and style to your outdoor space. Here we’ll go through the steps to make your own DIY garden pond.

Materials

Shovel
Rubber pond liner
Spray paint for marking
Sand
Rocks/stones for the base and edges
Plants
Small fountain (optional)

Process

  1. First, you will need to prepare the area for your pond. This means removing any rocks, plants or debris and enough room to build.

  2. Measure out the space for your pond and mark the boundaries with spray paint. This will be your digging guide.

  3. Dig out the shape for your pond at least 2 feet deep. The shape doesn’t have to be perfect—the more irregular the more natural it will appear.

  4. After digging the hole, pour in a layer of sand. Cover the soil completely to a depth of about 2 inches. Around the sides, build up a thicker layer of sand and taper it down towards the middle of the pond.

  5. Lay down the pond liner so that it molds to the shape of the pond hole. Tamp it down into the edges but be careful to completely cover the entire area with some extra overlap. Secure the edges with rocks or stones.

  6. Add the fountain pump at the deepest part of the pond. Use additional rocks around the base to make sure it stays upright.

  7. Cover the bottom of the pond with your pond stones. You can use a mixture of sizes but save the larger ones for the edges. Try to mimic the look of boulders and be creative with your placement.

  8. Next, add your choice of plants around the edges. You can try to create a natural look with local plants or make something completely of your own design. Try mixing plants of different sizes and textures for visual appeal.

  9. Fill the pond with water and test the fountain to make sure the water flows. You can also adjust placement if it’s too low or sitting too high in the water. Once you have the perfect flowing water sound, you’re all set.

Hardscaping and adding water features can be complex processes. Luckily, this project you can accomplish in a weekend at any skill level. As long as you follow the fountain instructions carefully you’ll have an excellent water feature to add depth and tranquility to your yard.

About the Author
Author

Jacqui Zuzgo

I have been a REALTOR® in Massachusetts since 1984 and hold both a salesman and broker license. I am currently affiliated with Five College REALTORS® located at 190 University Drive, Amherst, MA. Over my career, I have consistently been a Top Producer in the Pioneer Valley and have gained a reputation for being a strong-minded, no-nonsense negotiator in the industry. I also frequently rank highly on Boston’s Top 20 for sales in Western Massachusetts. Some of my best qualities include my listening and communication skills. I have time and again proven to work well under pressure with exceptional attention to detail. My commitment to my clients and professionalism is obvious in every transaction.

Representing both buyers and sellers in Hampshire and Franklin Counties, as well as assisting in relocations throughout the United States and globally has helped me embrace the need for quality performance and develop an acute and sincere sensitivity to people's needs. Honing in on what matters most is almost a sixth sense. Communication and awareness of the situation at hand produce a final result that has undoubtedly led to the large referral business I maintain.

Education has been a theme throughout my 30 years of experience. Well versed in technology and holding key designations have proven to be assets to my performance and dedication to the Real Estate field. My never-ending enthusiasm, availability, knowledge and drive make for a seamless transaction every client, every time.

I am a native of the Pioneer Valley. I am committed to sharing all the area has to offer in making your transition, whether long distance or short, a satisfying experience.

Education:

  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst - Bachelor of Science 1983
  • Top Individual Seller for Residential Sales in the Pioneer Valley since 2006.
  • #1#1 Realtor in the entire Franklin/Hampshire Counties for Millions Sold since 1999.
  • Highest producer in sales since 2004 in Franklin/Hampshire Counties.
  • ABR®– Accredited Buyer's Representative
  • CRS – Certified Residential Specialist (only 3% of REALTORS® hold a CRS)
  • e-PRO – Digital Marketing, Certified e-PRO Realtor®
  • GRI – Graduate, Realtors® Institute
  • SRES– Seniors Real Estate Specialist®

Biographical Highlights:

Life long, active member of the community, born & raised in the Pioneer Valley. Graduate of University of Massachusetts, Amherst, BS 1983.

Current Committee Involvement:

Member of the local Chamber of Commerce - Post Board of Director's member Volunteer for the Road to Recovery.

Greenfield Community College Foundation Board Member 

Greenfield Savings Bank Corporator

MLS Professional Standards Committee Member

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