This is a series of articles geared for those who want to know how to build a pond.
If you want to build a koi pond or build a fish pond for smaller fish the information contained in these articles will be quite helpful.
One of the hardest things to achieve in building a pond is the waterline and how to make it look like nature's own work.
Your garden ponds waterline will vary because of rain water (higher waterline) or evaporation (lower waterline).
A low waterline is more of a concern because the black liner will be exposed giving your pond an undesirable effect.
After all your planning, hard work and expense I am sure that an unattractive pond is something you may want to avoid.
This collection of articles when used together will help guide you through your goal of you enjoying your garden pond.
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So first let's look at some edge treatment options that will help you get the look of your garden pond just right for you.
Some options to consider are
This example shows the use of large stones around the waterline.
This works quite well with a planting bed behind as a backdrop or leading up to your backyard waterfall.
But if you were to use large stones all the way around your garden pond it may give the impression of a ring around your pond.
Large stones may also hide the edge of the pond making you look over the edge of the stone work to see the pond.
Large stones will also hinder your access to the edge of the pond making it harder to maintain.
If you use this type of edge treatment use smaller stones to fill in the gaps around the larger stones. This will help to hide the liner and give a more natural look.
In this example flat stones are used with a planting bed as the backdrop.
This works quite well also and will allow you to keep a lower profile of the surrounding earth.
In this picture the surrounding earth does rise above the ponds elevation but I am sure that you can envision how it would look if the surrounding landscape sloped downward or was level.
Flat stone work will also allow for better access to the ponds edge.
If you use several layers of flat stone all overlapping each other there is no need to use smaller stones to hide the liner.
This is a stunning example of how to incorporate a garden pond into your patio.
How to build a pond using pea gravel that ties the pavers into the ponds edge quite well and the larger stones retain the smaller sized stones.
Access is also easily obtained at the waters edge allowing for easy pond care and feeding of fish.
Not shown in this photo is the fact that it has a stream originating at the front door and going through a series of small waterfalls before entering this pond.
Also in this pond there were some very large Koi fish adding to the enjoyment of this garden pond.
This in fact is a place of business and this garden pond is intended to create a relaxing environment to all workers and prospective clients who enter the front door.