How To Build An Artificial Rock Pond

You have two options for building an artificial rock pond: above ground or below ground. Above ground is a bit more costly. However, you don’t have to dig holes unlike the below ground method.

How to Make a Pond Above Ground

Required Tools and Materials

Pond liner
Fish
Soil
Filter
Cinder blocks
Roofing felt
Plants
Pump
Veneer rocks
Spray paint

Step 1

Spray paint the outline of your pond. Take the cinder blocks. Place them around the outline you drew up. Stack the cinder blocks, making it two levels high. You should stack the cinder blocks in an overlapping fashion. This will fortify the blocks.

Step 2

Use the roofing felt to line the pond’s insides. Let the pond liner hang over the blocks you used to start building an artificial rock pond.

Step 3

Fill the pond with water. Flatten any wrinkles that appear. If the pond is filled, you can start adding in the veneer rocks. Put the rocks around the sides. When stacking the rocks, begin by putting the big rocks at the bottom. You should also overlap the rocks when stacking. Arrange the rocks so the liner is hidden from view.

Step 4

Add more water if you want. Put in the fish and / or water lilies.

Step 5

If there are spaces between the rocks, put some soil there. You can also put plants in the area.

Step 6

After building an artificial rock pond, you should put a pond pump and filter in place. This will circulate the water and maintain its fresh look.

How to Make a Below Ground Pond

Required Tools and Materials

Soil
Tarp
Plants
Rocks
Shovel

Step 1

Mark the area where you want to make the pond. Get the shovel and start digging the hole. Make it at least a foot deep if you’re going to put in fish. Set aside the dirt; you’ll be needing it later.

Step 2

After the hole is dug, place the tarp in it. The tarp should be large enough so that its edges will project out of the hole. The overhang should be half a foot. The tarp’s color will influence the color of your pond. Use a black tarp if you want a pond to look natural.

Step 3

When building an artificial rock pond, you need to flatten the tarp. Before putting in the tarp, remove any sharp rocks in the hole you dug. If it rips the tarp, the water will seep through.

Step 4

Get the scissors. Cut the tarp projections exceeding 6 inches. Get the dirt you set aside. Put them over the tarp edges so it is concealed. Do this carefully; you don’t want the dirt falling into the pond.

Step 5

For the final touches, get some rocks, large and small. Place them all around the site. After putting in the rocks, arrange some plants around it.

Tips and Warnings

Get the dimensions of your pond first before buying the tarp. You don’t need to buy new plants; just get some in your garden.

That’s all there is to building an artificial rock pond. Now that you’re done you can relax and enjoy the view.

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