Welcome back to part 2 of digging a backyard pond.
In part one we shared our old pond and the plans to build this one using parts supplied to us by SmartPond. We are so thrilled to be able to be a part of this partnership. :)
This is definitely the ugly before pretty phase of this project. Just imagine lots of mud in the yard and tracking in the house. Yes, that's life right now but it's very worth it.
We want our pond to be much smaller than the last and about 36-40ish inches deep for the fish who will reside here. If the water is much shallower, the water will be too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer. Plants will be in the water and around the perimeter when this is complete.
Our yard slopes just a little so it's very important for the edges of the pond to be level or the water will run into the pond or out of the pond when it rains. My husband and son built a berm around the entire perimeter of the pond using the dirt that came from the hole.
A string level was used to make sure the berm is level from front to back.
You can see the berm a little better below. See the big cinder block?
Lots of muscle power + a cinder block = tamped dirt.
The waterfall will go on the backside of the pond.
That's where we are right now! We've been to the rock place and selected a pallet of smaller mossy boulders that will be mixed with some flat rocks on the berm. Choosing the right rocks is one of the most important parts of making this look great.
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