Common DIY Pond Mistakes

Common DIY Pond Mistakes

Summer is coming and you’re looking for a way to perk up your backyard for that big barbecue you have planned. You ask yourself, “Why not take the initiative and build my own pond?” Well, there’s a few things you should know before taking on such a large project.

  1. Thinking “How Hard Could it Be”: Creating a beautiful, functional pond is no easy task. If you go into it with a “how hard could it be” mentality you’ve already failed. In fact, more often than not, the professionals are called in to complete many DIY projects gone awry.
  2. Location: Many DIYers designs their ponds to be placed in an unused area of the property. This is a mistake for one simple reason — out of sight, out of mind. If a pond is placed in an area that is unused homeowners tend to neglect to regularly care for it, causing it to deteriorate over time.
  3. Use of Rock & Stones: Man-made ponds are meant to have a natural aesthetic. Typically, it takes a considerable amount of stone to achieve this — several tons! In an effort to make the job seem more manageable, many DIYers opt for smaller stones when they undertake a project. This causes the pond to become structurally unsound, which is unsafe and a waste of your DIY efforts.
  4. Poor Pumping & Filtration: Many consumers don’t understand the need for pumps and filters in their backyard ponds. It is widely thought that because real ponds and rivers function without them, that man-made ponds don’t need them. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Natural ponds vs. man-made ponds have two different types of hydrology, therefore adequate pumps and filters must be installed.
  5. Poor Planning: Designing a pond from scratch takes a great deal of planning. There are many factors that go into successfully completing a DIY project. Among other things, you need to make sure you’re not creating sides that are too steep and that the hole isn’t too shallow, to large, or too small.

Does a DIY pond seem like too daunting of a task to take on? Paradise Ponds by Ed Dedicke offers professional pond design, installation, repair, and maintenance services to Nassau County, Long Island. If you live in Bethpage, Hicksville, Babylon, Westbury, or the surrounding area, contact us today at (516) 334-1122.

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