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Tips For Installing and Maintaining Your Backyard Pond

Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Wednesday, 2 November , 2016
backyard ponds

A water feature or pond can easily become the best feature in your backyard and a favorite hangout. The cool part is that installing and maintaining a small water garden or pond is actually pretty easy. We’ll tell you how in this article.

Finding the Right Space

As we wrote in a previous entry, finding the right spot for your water feature or pond really boils down to two things:

  1. The space needs to be one where running electricity from the house or another outlet will be convenient
  2. Available sunlight for aquatic plants, if you plan on adding them

Other key factors include finding a space with soil strong enough to support a pond and away from rooted plants to avoid roots growing into and damaging the lining of the pond or feature.

Selecting the Liner

Ideally, you want a one-piece liner. That’s ok because most suppliers can order liners 50 feet wide and larger. You can trim the liner to fit and place the scraps over areas that can be secured by large rocks.

Before installing the liner, remove any sharp stones or roots that could puncture it.

Placement of the Pump

The pump is used to move water through the water feature or pond. Rather than placing it on the floor, place it on a brick or stone so that it doesn’t suck up damaging sludge.

It’s also good to place the pump as far away as possible from the actual waterfall or another inflow point.

Protect Your Pond With a Bank

Because rainwater carries soil, grass clippings and just about everything else in your yard, a slight ridge (3 inches should be high enough) around the top of your pond goes a long way in keeping those pollutants out.

Maintaining Your Pond

Maintenance for backyard ponds or water features is actually quite simple.

  • Top off the water as needed. Specifically, proper water balance prevents salt and mineral buildup.
  • Test the water with a kit weekly for ammonia, chlorine, etc.
  • If you have fish, check them routinely for sores or behavior that’s unusual.
  • Check filters and the pump weekly for clogs.

Let Juniper Landscaping Help You With Your Water Feature

While it’s true that the typical water feature can be installed in about a day, it’s a good idea to let the San Diego backyard water feature experts here at Juniper Landscaping help you with the design and installation. We’ve got it down to a science.

Call us at (619) 334-9464.


Juniper Landscape Company is a provider of professional landscaping services in San Diego, we strive to make San Diego a beautiful place by doing business with integrity and creativity.


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