The sound of water, gurgling, bubbling, or running has a way of calming the senses. You can create a pond or simple water feature to fit almost any type of space, and enjoy the soothing sound of water indoors, out on your porch or patio, or in your own backyard. Here are three tips for creating a pond or water feature.  This article does not cover the details of building a pond or water feature, but instead helps you determine what kind of pond or water feature would work best in your environment.

Tip 1: Plan ahead

Like any endeavor, a good plan is key to a successful outcome. Some questions to ask yourself as you plan are:

  • What do I want?
  • What’s my budget?
  • What will my space allow?

Since most of us don’t have unlimited budget and space, getting what you want might require a little compromise. If you answered a large pond with huge koi, but you live in a one bedroom apartment, you might have to scale things down a bit. But it is fun to start with what you want, and follow that with the next two questions. It might go something like this: I want a pond, but I live in a small apartment and don’t have a lot of money to spend. If this is your scenario, a small water feature will probably work best for you. If you have a porch or patio but not a big backyard, a container pond might fit your space and budget. Finally, if you have a backyard with space for a pond, examine your budget and see what might work. Write down what you want, find pictures online, in magazines, visit pond stores if some are in your area, and settle on a design that will fit your space and budget.

Tip 2: Determine what you need

At a minimum you will need a pump, some tubing, accessories to make the gurgling, bubbling, or waterfall feature, and of course a container.  Read the labels on the pumps to see how many gallons per hour (GPH) the pump can handle. Look at the accessories and figure out what will fit your pond. For example, a giant fish that spits water out six feet away won’t work in a small container, but a vertical spout with an adjustable top might be just the thing. If you are fortunate enough to have a pond store in your area, visit it. Likely the employees or proprietors will be helpful and enthusiastic. Your success works in their favor. If you like your first pond, you will probably come back and purchase more supplies. They can help you buy the right pump and other accessories. If they put on the pressure and try to talk you into a budget busting pond, walk away and hit the internet, library, or book store.

Tip 3: Start Small

 If you plan to do things yourself, it’s best to start small. Ponds do require some maintenance. So before you create a large pond and fill it with expensive koi, you might want to try things on a small scale first. Container ponds or small outdoor ponds are good first steps. A large landscaping pot or a small stock tank can accommodate little fountains or other features. A pump for a small pond is less expensive. If, after a while you feel like dismantling the whole thing, you won’t be out too much money. If it turns out you like having a pond, you will have some experience under your belt and you can move up to a larger pond.

Some guides make it sound like you won’t be happy unless you purchase a lot of expensive equipment and dig a big hole your backyard, but it doesn’t have to be that complicated. With a little planning you can have that pond you’ve been dreaming about.  Determine what you can have in your space, stick to your budget, get some how-to information, and then have a seat next to your pond and relax.

This pond was made in less than an hour for under $50.00.

Tank pond
Credit: jewels