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Constructing a Pond in Your Backyard

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    1. Research and plan your pond

    Tips & Tricks

    • Pond needs to be deep enough so as to not freeze over in cold areas (this one was 4 ft with a 2 ft shelf around the edge)
    • Don't feed the fish! They can live off the plants
    • Barley at the top of the waterfall helps to cleanse the pond water
    • No chemicals need to be added to the pond, but you will find the water evaporates
    • Don't forget a power source for lighting above and beyond the pump!
    • Herons find goldfish quite an attractive meal -- we ended up putting a net over the pond to keep predators from eating our fish
    • Plan your pond placement so as to avoid tree roots if possible. Otherwise, you'll find yourself sawing through tree roots (not fun)
    • There is a negative -- liability. A pond is similar to a pool -- if a kid falls into your pond, a lawsuit from their family is certainly a possibility. Make sure place a "No Trespassing" sign on any gates leading into your backyard to protect yourself.

    By Diane Tuman

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    • Last edited October 12 2012
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