Backyard ponds are absolutely adorable. My aunt and uncle have a huge koi pond in their house up north, and whenever I visit, I sit by it and watch the fish swim. There’s something so beautiful and peaceful about it.
My place is a bit smaller than my aunt and uncle’s, but I still wanted a pond of my own. I also wanted a pond that wouldn’t cost me much. That’s when I found this tutorial.
His pond cost less that $250. If you’re like me and want to make your own pond for as little as possible, here’s what you’ll need:
- A pond tub like this one. You can get a larger tub if you’d like, with or without shelves.
- A water pump such as this one.
- Pond filter
- A plastic rail planter with holes for drainage
- Planter baskets
- Organic potting soil
- Pond rocks
- Pond plants. He uses:
– Water Celery
– Water Hyacinth
– Water Lettuce
– Volunteer Weeds
– Dwarf Sag
He also uses texturized spray paint for decoration, but it isn’t necessary. First, install your pump on the bottom. You can find a more in-depth tutorial on pump installation here. She uses a fountain kit in her demonstration, but it isn’t necessary for this.
Put the potting soil on the bottom and plant the dwarf sag. Fill partially with water. Plant the other plants in the planters with the pond rocks, and place wherever you see fit.
Add the rest of your water, turn on your pump, finish any last minute decorating, and that’s it, you’re done!
Ponds are a beautiful addition to any yard, especially during the summer time. I can’t wait to get started on mine. I’ll be showing it off every chance I get!