Natural Backyard Pond
DIY backyard pond ideas can run the gamut from simple container water gardens to elaborate man-made lakes. People and wildlife alike enjoy ponds, and even a relatively small water feature can bring life, sound, and beauty to your home.But before you start digging, there are a few things you should ponder before building your pond.
Goldfish are a better option for a natural backyard pond. I add a dozen goldfish to my pond each spring if the previous tenants didn't make it through winter. As a rule of thumb, add one goldfish
Backyard Pond Ideas. It's hard to believe that garden ponds were fairly rare not so long ago. Now they are considered an essential part of most backyard gardens. I built my first backyard pond about twenty years ago. After seeing a massive in-ground pond on a rural garden tour, I was hooked (that's it in the photo above).
As you've probably observed, natural water features (ponds, creeks, springs, etc) are a magnet for a wide diversity of lifeforms. Since building our backyard pond, we've been blown away by the increase in dragonflies, frogs, salamanders, and other beneficial critters that we didn't used to see very often.
Make sure the soil is stable enough support a pond. You don't want plants to be able to cut a hole in the liner. If you plan on having fish in the pond, choose a site with a good amount of sunlight. Line the pond with confidence. The best to use is butyl rubber — the thicker the liner, the better
Add water from a local natural pond. Take a few empty milk gallons or other closed containers to a healthy pond nearby. Look for a natural pond that has been there for many years, as opposed to a neighbor's backyard pond. Fill the containers with pond water, taking care not to capture any fish in the process.