3 Different Types of Garden Ponds

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If you want a water feature installed in your yard, it pays to know the types of garden ponds you can choose from so you can plan ahead of time. Installation costs vary depending on the type and size of water feature you’re looking to build. With that said, let’s take a look at the different garden pond types you can explore.

Different Types of Ponds

1. Pondless Waterfalls
This type of water feature is ideal for families with little children or homeowners who want to enjoy the soothing sound of running water but are not ready yet for the extra maintenance work.

A pondless waterfall can be constructed even in a limited space and can also be designed several ways depending on your preferences. The flowing water from atop the falls that seems to disappear as it falls on the ground gives this water feature a dramatic effect.

Pondless waterfalls require minimal upkeep. However, it’s important to check the basin regularly to ensure there’s enough water to keep the falls running. One sign you may need to add water is when the pump starts to produce a gurgling sound.

For pondless waterfall design ideas, check out this post.

2. Preformed Ponds
These tub-like ponds come in various sizes, depths, and shapes.

A preformed pond requires minimal investment although maintenance can turn out more challenging. When deciding which preformed pond to choose, consider the location where you want it installed. But actually, every backyard pond requires careful consideration of the space where you’re building it as it should be protected from runoff.

For maintenance, meanwhile, you will have to check the system regularly and add beneficial bacteria as needed. Talk to your pond builder which brand cleaner they recommend to get rid of waste and excess nutrients.

Note as well that once a preformed pond cracks or leaks, it will have to be replaced. That said, a preformed pond can enhance the aesthetic appeal of your yard but may not be able to offer the longevity other backyard pond types can.

3. Ecosystem Ponds
When properly maintained, this type of pond can attract wildlife right into your yard.

Several elements are needed to ensure that the ecosystem works. Mechanical and biological filters should be present as well as an effective plumbing system. You need not stress on this part though because your pond installer can take care of the heavy work for you. It’s good though to also familiarize yourself with the process.

Rocks and gravel also have to be added to the system. They are used to line the edges of the pond structure to give it a natural look that blends with the existing landscape. Of course, the pond would not be complete without the fish and aquatic plants.

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Something to Remember About Types of Ponds

Pond construction may take longer or cost more depending on the scale of the project, so be sure to inquire about the estimated cost. Choose from the garden pond types we’ve talked about ahead of time.

A professional pond builder should be able to help you design and build a water feature that works for your budget and satisfies your requirements. Don’t hesitate to request for referrals when deciding which contractor to work with.

DIY Pond Building Mistakes You Should Avoid

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Are you ready for your pond project?

Every phase involved in building a water feature requires utmost attention. And it’s important to go over these details while you’re still in the planning process. You can easily apply changes in paper unlike when the construction has already began.

Check out this list to avoid unnecessary expenses and so you can build your pond successfully.

Not Testing Soil

Your pond should be able to retain water. Unfortunately, not all types of soil have this ability. Sand and gravel wouldn’t be able to hold water so a great choice would be clay.

One way you can check if the soil is fit for backyard pond installation is by going around the neighborhood. Ask actual pond owners how their soil holds up after their pond has been installed.

You can also test the soil in your yard. Dig a hole, fill it with water, and observe how long it takes for the surrounding soil to soak up the water. You can consult professional pond builders on this, and inquire as well about prefabricated pond shells.

Poor Location

Another essential factor that is often overlooked in pond building is choosing the best pond location.

It is not enough that the area is unused. It also shouldn’t be in a low spot. Otherwise, your pond will only suffer from contamination and runoff.

Also, consider installing your pond where it will enjoy traffic. You might even want to place it close to your windows where you can hear the soothing sound of water even when you’re inside your home.

Sides are Either Too Shallow or Too Deep

Your pond should be deep enough to withstand evaporation and harsh summer heat, but not too deep to give you a hard time on routine maintenance.

Also, allow for ledges or shallow areas where you can stack stones or plants. If you’d dig your pond into the shape of a bowl, it will be difficult to edge around it as stones will slide down.

Overlooking Safety Procedures

You will be working around boulders and heavy equipment so you might as well equip yourself with safety gears. Also, since this project includes digging, make sure you’re not hitting any utility lines.

More so, if you’re adding features to your pond that require dealing with electrical components, stay safe and seek assistance from a licensed electrician.

This can mean additional cost but it should be worth it considering the potential losses you can incur for a mishandled electrical job.

Improper Rock Placement

In building your pond, you need both large and small rocks that are carefully arranged to resemble a natural setting.

The larger ones shall make up your perimeter or foundation stones, and the smaller stones will complete the design. You will also need small, polished rocks at the bottom of the pond.

Ignoring Advice from Professional Pond Builders

If you’re still not sure how to get started, you can get in touch with water feature installation experts or pond builders for help. Building a pond may seem simple, but truth is, it takes a lot more than digging a hole in your yard.

At California Waterscapes, we can work with you every step of the way to make sure that the pond turns out the way you want it. We can take care of the heavy work for you so you can focus on other important matters you need done.

If you want to learn more about pond products and services that we offer, simply sign up for a no obligation, FREE estimate so we can get in touch with you at the soonest possible time.

Pond Design – Pond Construction

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Pond Design

It is important to work out your pond design before beginning any construction. Overlooking any essential factor can become very costly in terms of having to redo work already completed.

Pond Construction

One essential ingredient to consider in your pond construction is the depth of the pond.

Determining Pond Depth

There are many factors to consider when choosing a pond depth. These include climate zone, fish number, size and type, sunlight conditions, winterizing options, pond size, and shape.


As a rule of thumb, California Waterscapes has experienced that a two foot deep pond can support fish and plants year round in the extreme winter and summer temperatures. With proper precautions, a two-foot deep pond can be made to support aquatic life virtually anywhere.

Of course, another consideration is the building and safety requirements. Most city municipal codes have regulations that state that once a pond is over 2 feet it must be treated as a pool and must follow the same rules and regulations of pool safety such as fences and locked gates. In some cities, this is 18 inches. So keep that fact in mind in your pond design.

Our design consultants will help you determine the appropriate depth for your pond so that it will work with your location and your other pond elements. Contact us today for your Design Consultation and receive a design consultation with one of our expert water garden professionals.

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Choosing The Best Pond Location

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Pond location and pond size are the two most important and, unfortunately, misunderstood aspects of pond design. So many people think the far corner of their property is the best location. People also believe low points in their yard that gather run-off when it rains are naturally suited to building a pond.

These are two of the worst locations to build a pond, yet people automatically assume they are the best.




The water feature needs to be brought up close and personal to the home. Low spots should be avoided because run-off water can pollute a pond and construction is often complicated because wet muddy soil is hard to work in. Excessive ground water levels can shift stone and cause bubbles in the liner.

Positioning a pond.

Place your water feature where people can enjoy it. Even outdoor-loving people spend 90% of their time inside the house. You should try to face the waterfalls toward the house. That way the waterfall is not only visible from the living area, but the sound it creates will echo through the home. When a pond can be seen and heard from the home, its enjoyment is increased dramatically.

Another location you might not have considered is a front yard water feature. Adding a water feature to your front yard adds true curb appeal.

One of our expert design consultants will help you find the perfect location for your pond. Contact us today for your Design Consultation.