1. Select a location. Most plants prefer 4 to 6 hours of sunlight. Good drainage and access to electrical power is a must.
  2. Standing inside the pond, mark the pond’s perimeter in the ground using an edger or Flat shovel.
  1. Dig a corresponding hole a little larger and deeper. Make sure the excavation has a firmly compacted base.

Note: For our molded shelf ponds, simply replicate the pond’s contour within the excavation, making sure to fully support the shelf with tightly packed sand or dirt.

4. Bed the pond on a layer of sand, then level. Once the pond is leveled, backfill with loose dirt between pond and excavation, stopping at the halfway mark between excavation base and pond’s flange.

5. Commence filling with water slowly and continue backfilling. Gauge your timing so the filling and backfilling steps are finished together. If water is chlorinated, allow 24 to 48 hours before adding plants and/or fish.

A layer of washed, lightly colored stone may be arranged within the pond prior to stocking. Dirt and sediment will rest upon the rocks, becoming less noticeable. Landscape with rocks, plants, fountains or low voltage lighting as your mood suggests. Combine two or more ponds for a larger, more dramatic presentation.