A pond seems like a very cool feature but also like something that’s too complicated to even consider. In reality it’s all too exaggerated. Of course, a big pond with a complex landscape, waterfalls and what not is not an easy project, especially when you’re starting with a dry patch a land, but even so it can be done. Small ponds, on the other hand, are surprisingly easy to make and look very charming. Perhaps it’s time to added a pond to your own backyard so check out the projects below to get inspired.
This little pond has everything, including a waterfall. It’s hard to imagine this used to be just an empty patch of land in the backyard of a house. The project is described in detail on empressofdirt and the very simplified version would be that first the shape and flow of the pond were planned, then it was time to dig the actual pond, to add the liners and the rocks and finally the water once everything was nice and level. The plants and the landscaping were the last step.
Another way to build a backyard pond is by using a container. This pond uses an old hot tub. It’s an above-ground pond which looks a bit less natural than an in-ground one but is still pretty amazing and has lots of potential. Once the pond is in place you can proceed to decorate it with rocks, aquatic plants and even add some fish in. You can find lots of other tips and ideas on empressofdirt.
As amazing as those large ponds are, not everyone has the space for such a feature in their backyard. Still, that doesn’t mean you should give up the idea of having a pond altogether. Check out how lovely this little pond from scapeclub looks. It has all these beautiful floating plants and it looks like you could even add some tiny fishes in there as well.
A stock tank would also work if you’re looking to build a small pond in your backyard. Pick a tank with a shape and size that suits your space, fill it with water, aquatic plants, cute fish, rocks and whatever else you want to put in there and have fun being creative. It’s easier than you might think. Check out penick for more details.
This cute little pond was made inside a large pot. It’s actually a great idea which gives you more options in terms of design compared to a barrel or stock tank pond. Again, you can add rocks, pebbles, even driftwood and of course some plants too. Decorations can be added if you’re looking to follow a certain theme or if you just want to add a cute turtle sculpture to your pond. Check out thesweetescape for more ideas.
This is a nice planter and pond combo and it’s something that we found on Lowes. If you want to build something similar, to find yourself some lumber. You could use plywood if you want to or reclaimed wood if you prefer a rustic look. In any case, you’ll probably want to check out the full tutorial to find out exactly how this is made, step by step.
If you don’t want to complicate your project with extra features, landscaping and decorations, you can simplify the project. With time perhaps you can add more features and improve the design. A simple backyard pond that could inspire you was featured on imgur so check it out to see how it was built.
If you’re living in an area with harsh winters, your beautiful backyard pond might freeze when the temperature drops and that’s especially bad if your pond has fish in it. To avoid that, add a heater. You can do it yourself and it wouldn’t be very difficult. In fact, there’s a project on instructables which shows you exactly what you need to do.
In-ground ponds are more difficult to build and require more time and effort but they make up for it with a more natural and organic look. This is a better option if your goal is to make it seem as if the pond really belongs there even if you only finished building it recently. With that in mind, check out hyperbrain to find out what it takes to create a pond from scratch.
If this is the first time you’re attempting to build a pond, take things slow and start with something small. In-ground ponds take a lot of time and effort to complete so test your skills with a little ponds at first. Check out this one for example. It looks great and it has a lot of character even if it’s tiny. Check out instructables for more details.
An in-ground pond, especially a big one, looks more natural as time passes and nature starts to grow around it. That doesn’t mean you can’t make your pond look amazing the first time. The most important part is concealing all the artificial materials and features. This ruralgardener project is a good source of inspiration in this sense.