Q : How do I get started ?
A : Preferably you
will start with some sort of sketch or scale drawing of
the site in which the
pond will be installed and of the pond itself. Use a scale
of 1/4" or 1/2"
equals 1' . This will help you to decide what size liner
will need. Use the following formula to figure liner size regardless
size or location of marginal shelves...
liner = length of hole
plus twice the maximum depth plus 2 feet.
Width of liner = width of hole plus twice the maximum
depth plus 2 feet.
EXAMPLE : A pond hole that measures 7'x 12' with a
depth of 36" will use a liner 15' x 20'.
Additionally, decide ahead of time if you are going to keep
fish ... at least
36" deep in order to over-winter.
If so then the pond must be
If not then 18" to 24" is usually sufficient to over-winter
but not much
wildlife. The size of the pond dictates the gallons of water. You will need to
know total gallons of water when you choose a pump and filter
Use the following formula to figure total gallons ...
pond surface x width of pond surface* x average
x 7.5 = total gallons.
EXAMPLE : A pond measuring 7' x 12' with an average
depth of 30" (2.5') = 1575 gallons
(* these measurements will differ slightly from the dimensions
of the original hole
depending on the amount of rockery you use to line the inside surfaces .)
Before you dig consider consulting
a professional or some one who has
a pond. This will help you to learn from their mistakes and hopefully
avoid too many of
more information on these and other water garden topics go to ourWhere
can I have a watergarden? What
do I do when Winter comes?
page. Or contact Us.
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