We’ve been wanting to add a backyard pond for quite sometime and we had an empty space that was longing for new life!
We positioned a garden hose in the shape and size we wanted…..and hubby began to dig!
A few points you need to know…….
First, this is not a ginormous (is that a word?) pond…..no fish….just a nice sounding water feature!
Second, our home sits on solid rock, also known as caliche.…you can not dig it out….you have to chisel! (Very time-consuming and hard work unless you have a backhoe-which we didn’t)!
My hubby dug as far as he could……approx. two feet down (if that)……
….then he started picking at it with a chisel!
Fortunately, our neighbor had this wonderful tool which is like a human sized chisel. This is the only picture I could find (it looks like a large nail but it is heavy!). It certainly made it a lot easier for my hubby! LOL!
Our pond has an upper and lower shelf and a lower section where the pump sits! The “shelf” is to set water plants.
Once our “hole” was dug, a layer of sand was spread to help cushion the rocks or any sharp objects from puncturing the liner.
Had to add this picture of our little helper, Roxy!!
Next, a layer of newspaper was laid on top of the sand to further cushion the liner.
Finally, it was time for the liner!
I volunteered to stand in the “hole” and smooth out the liner as the weight of the water molded the liner to our shape. (It was so freakin hot outside it felt GREAT!)
Now, it was time to position the rocks that would hold the liner.
Please excuse the muddy water, it was a huge mess at this point!
We kept adding rocks we gathered from our neighborhood until we came up with a look we were happy with……
Now it was time to add our waterfall feature!
We decided to go with a pre-fab piece I found at Lowes on sale for $8!!
We continued adding rocks up around the waterfall feature, repositioning and “tweaking” things til we got it right! We also added a fountain feature in the pond itself!
Final rocks were added on top of the pre-fab to hide the hose from which the water flows!
Now for the finishing touches and landscaping!
We enclosed our pond with a “stone block wall” which mirrors other landscaping in the yard and will contain the plants and mulch and keep them from washing away with a good rain!
We also laid down semi permeable ground cover before planting and mulching to prevent weeds! Yes, believe it or not, even with all that rock, weeds can still grow!
You’ll notice we extended our black mesh ground cover past our pond garden. That is because our next step was to add a paved patio surrounding the pond and this was the easiest way to lay it and get a good cover of ground. (I hope that makes sense!)
I planted some jasmine on the trellises, repositioned some existing plants, and added a few annuals!
Of course, I’m still tweaking it daily….adding things here and there!
Our next step was adding the paved patio around the pond.
I’ll show you that in my next post, but for now I’ll give you a sneak peek….
And then I’ll share with you our pallet swing and the finished product!!
I know there was A LOT of information in one little post so if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask and I’ll try my best to help!
Until next time……
Visiting these lovely parties……