Before You Start Digging

Pond Planning Tips

  • Always dig with caution. Call 811 or your local utility company before you begin digging to locate buried pipes or power lines on your property. You should always check local codes for depth allowance and any fence requirements. 
  • Consider how the water garden will enhance your landscape. Examine all potential sites while considering economics, accessibility, and safety. 
  • Your pond should not be built on a slope or grade. If it is located at the lowest elevation of the yard, you will have rainwater run-off that can muddy the water, wash away fish and destroy plants. 
  • If you wish to include plants that require moderate to full sunlight, you will need to choose a location with a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight. Shade is good, but note that trees do drop leaves, which can fill up your pond and cause organic decay.  
  • The size, scale and layout of your pond should complement the other features of your yard, including your landscaping and terrain. 

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