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A Backyard Pond Can Dress Up Your Landscape

by Francine Huff, All About Lawns Columnist

A backyard pond can create help create a relaxing, resort-like atmosphere on your property. Adding water to your backyard landscape can give it a beautiful focal point that can be enjoyed for many years if properly maintained. Here's what you need to know about installing a pond.

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Backyard Ponds Come in Many Sizes

A backyard pond can be as small as 3 or 4 feet. But if you have a big backyard you can make it even larger. If you have a small space you can create a tub pond or use large water bowls. A tub kit can allow you to create a pond with water, a pump, and plants.

Choose the Right Location

If you choose to integrate an earthen pond into your backyard landscape, you may need to do more preparation. Locate your pond in a place where you can enjoy it from your deck or patio. Avoid building it under trees to cut down on maintenance. It's also typically important to prepare the land so that the soil around the pond is slightly elevated and any drainage is directed away from your house.

Get the Right Materials

When you're ready to install the pond, you should have a pond liner to keep the water from seeping into the soil. Not all liners are the same so investigate your options. A pump can help re-circulate the water, but should have an electrical connection for it.

No backyard pond is complete without plants or fish. When choosing species you should take into account how much sunlight your yard gets, as well as how much time you're willing to spend on maintenance.

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About the Author
Francine L. Huff is a freelance journalist and the author of The 25-Day Money Makeover for Women. She has appeared on a variety of TV and radio shows.

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