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Designing a Special Water Feature for Your Home

Backyard Pond by Devra on Flickr

Adding a water feature to your home is a great way to add some beauty to your outdoor
space. Water features are nice to look at and have a soothing sound. They make great
additions to any home.

Backyard Koi Pond – a Popular type of Water Feature


Designing a water feature can be complicated. You need to have the right amount of space
and equipment to make it work. There are a few steps that you need to take to make sure
that your water feature is both functional and looks good.

Excavate Your Garden

Before you put in a water feature, you need to clear some space for it. This can take some
time, especially if you already have an established lawn or garden. You need to clear out
space from plants, rocks, or anything else that obstructs the area.


Then, carve out the space that you want. Think about the size, shape, and depth that you
want your water feature to be before you start to dig. It will be much harder to fill the space
back up if you change your mind. If you have a large water feature in mind, get some help to
dig out the space.

Using Liners

Once you have the area excavated, you need to put some things in place so that the water
won’t just seep into the ground. First, add some sand around the bottom of the hole. Make
sure that you pour at least an inch of sand.


After you have added the sand, you can place a pond liner. This is what is going to keep your
water in the ground properly. By putting it over sand, you are making sure that it has a soft,
even layer underneath it, which makes it less likely to tear. Make sure that you leave some
of the liner sheet on the sides of the hole.

Set up Decorations

If you are going to use decorations around your water feature, now is the time to get those in place.

Think about what you want your water feature to look like. It’s a good idea to frame a water feature with rocks. It gives the water feature a nice, natural looking border, and will help keep the liner out of sight.

Putting plants around the edges of the water feature is also a great way to add some decoration. If you had a garden set up before you dug the hole for the water feature, you can reuse some of these plants and put them back around the hole. Plants will also work to make the water feature’s outline less obvious, and more natural.

Small Outdoor Waterfall – Rustic Water Feature

Install Water Pumps

There are two different types of pumps that you can use in your water feature. The type of pump you pick will depend mostly on the size of your water feature.

Submersible pumps are great for smaller water features. They can be used in fountains or waterfalls, but only if the amount of water you need to circulate through the water feature per hour is 50 gallons or less. A submersible pump will be placed underneath the water level, and should be invisible when you are looking at your finished water feature.

If you have a large water feature, you will need to have a centrifugal pump. This pump allows for higher water pressure, and will send the water further distances. You can do a lot of decoration with centrifugal pumps, and they will look great even from further distances. You would place this pump near the center of your pond.

Once you have the pumps for your water feature set up, all you need to do is add water.