planning your above ground pond

Where to start

Above ground ponds are a great alternative to traditional ponds. This no-dig pond means you can install one almost anywhere without making it a permanent fixture. WIth a plan and a few select products, build a DIY above groud pond this weekend!

Step 1: Before the build

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Consider how the water garden will enhance your landscape. It is best to avoid locations directly under trees because falling leaves can create debris that can clog the pump and cause water quality issues. You will want pond visibility from many areas, including a nearby window or living area, which is another factor to weigh when choosing the pond site.

Make sure the ground is level before building your above ground pond.

How much sunlight do you need? If you are going to include plants that require moderate to full sunlight, you will need to choose a location with a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight. Some shade is important, but keep in mind that trees do lose their leaves.

Integration. The size, scale and layout of your pond should complement the other features of your yard, including your landscaping and terrain.

Step 2: Build

Build the exterior wall of the pond. This will determine how large the pond will be. You can use bricks, pavers, and wood to build a structure around the pond liner. It can be nearly any shape, curved or angled. When you’re on your second to last layer of pavers, bricks, etc. of your above ground pond, add a flexible pond liner. After the liner is added, you want one more layer of pavers to hold the liner in place securely. You can trim any extra liner that sticks out on the outside.

Step 3: Know the volume of your pond

A circular above ground paver pond sits in a flower bed. On either side are semi-circular paver flowerbeds. Behind the water feature is a wooden fence and landscaped trees.

Use our calculator, or the following formula to determine the volume of your pond.

For circular ponds, measure in feet the Diameter x Diameter x Depth x 5.9 = Total Gallons

For rectangular ponds, measure in feet the Length x Width x Depth x 7.5 = Total Gallons

Select your products

Now that you’ve planned and you know your new pond’s size, it’s time to Select your products