Want A Water Feature In Your Landscape? Make A Small Pond With No Electricity Needed

Posted on: 2 June 2015

Obtaining a unique and beautiful landscape is something that many homeowners dream about. If you're one of them, you might be hoping for a unique water feature in your backyard that doesn't need electricity to be beautiful. This guide explains how you can create your own pond in your backyard in just an afternoon. 

Step 1: Collect Your Supplies

Before you begin this project, gather the following supplies so that you can have them handy while you work:

  • a shovel
  • a tape measure
  • a line chalk tool
  • a rectangle in-ground pond tub
  • a hand shovel
  • several bricks
  • a few bags of pebbles
  • rocks and small boulders
  • garden hose

Step 2: Measure the Tub and Mark the Ground

Get the width and length of the tub and mark these measurements on the ground with the line chalk. Measure the depth on the outside of the tub.

Step 3: Dig the Hole

Grab the shovel and begin digging the hole inside of your chalk lines on the ground. Use the tub's depth measurement to know how deep to make the hole.

Step 4: Insert the Tub

Place the tub inside the hole. Make sure that the lip of the tub is level with the ground. If not, dig out a little more until this evenness is achieved.

Step 5: Lay Down the Bricks

Use the hand shovel to dig a space deep and wide enough for the brick to lay flat with the ground and tub. Then lay the bricks in this space around the tub.

As an alternative, set the brick on top of the ground around the tub to make the pond appear deeper. However, you'll still need to dig out some of the ground under the bricks so they are even and flat all the way around.

Step 6: Add Rocks and Water to the Tub

Place the pebbles in the bottom of the tub, there should be at least one layer of pebbles to cover the bottom of the tub to create a more natural look. Arrange your rocks and small boulders randomly on the pebbles. Use leftover pebbles to fill in and corners or cracks between the bricks. Attach the garden hose to your outdoor spigot and fill the pond with water.

Once your pond is complete, set up lawn furniture and place some potted plants around it to complete the look.  Ask your landscape designer for more idea on how to obtain the beauty and peacefulness of water features in your backyard without the expense and hassle of calling an electrician or running water pipes through the ground. You can find more info here.