There are so many reasons to build a pond. Perhaps you want a pleasant place to take a dip and cool down on a hot afternoon. Maybe you're looking to bank some winter rain for irrigating an orchard or vineyard. Or maybe a pond is the ideal focal point for your landscape or garden. After all, a pond doesn't have to be huge. Using as little as 50 to 500 gallons of water, you can place a pond in your yard and create your own calm oasis.
For a small backyard pond, the excavation doesn't have to be extensive to be effective. A 2' deep and 3' wide pond near the front door or back patio will quickly become a favorite gathering spot. Add a handful of hardy goldfish, a few rocks, some beautiful plants to shade the water and provide a safe hiding place for the fish, and you'll love the results. A small recirculating pump and filter will keep the water clean and clear. You can even add the soothing sounds of a waterfall feature to enhance the sense of tranquility.
Whatever the size of your pond a pond liner will ensure that no water is lost to seepage through sandy, loamy, or rocky ground underneath. In the DripWorks demo garden, we have a pond that is 5' wide, 10' long, and 2.5' deep and uses a 10' x 15' EPDM liner. As you can see, there are endless possibilities for a small pond like this in a backyard or garden setting.
If you're dreaming of a larger pond, you might need a reinforced poly liner. Made from a more durable, puncture-resistant material, these liners are surprisingly flexible and easy to install and will last 20-25 years exposed to the sun.
You can play with our pond calculator to see what size liner is needed for the pond you're dreaming about. If you decide a pond is your future, you might also want to take a look at our pond care products and underlayment materials to protect your liner and maintain your pond's health.