Make Your Own Personalized Pond or Water Channel
Want to bring some new interest to your garden? Have a couple of days to dedicate to a project? If you answered "yes," a pond's the plan for you. Here, we show you how to make ponds and water channels, step-by-step.
- Excerpted from Garden Design
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Clear and Level the Site for the Channel
Pick a site for your channel that's similar to the one you sought for the pond: sheltered and sunny, and out of the way of trees. Hire a qualified electrician to run a power supply for you.
To start, clear and level the site. Mark out the length and width of the channel with pegs and string. Dig out the area to a depth of 6–8 inches. Cut a shallow shelf all around the channel for the brick edging.
Install the Reservoir
Line the channel with sand, and tamp it down with a piece of wood. Use a level to make sure the base is flat. Dig a hole at one end and insert the reservoir. Check to make sure that the rim is level with the base of the channel.
Line and Edge the Channel
Line the channel with the plastic liner, smoothing out any creases. Trim the liner at the reservoir end so that it drapes over the rim. Leave 8 inches excess along the other three sides (image 1).
Edge the channel with bricks on three sides (not the reservoir end). Set bricks on a 1 inch layer of waterproof mortar, making sure that mortar doesn’t fall into the channel. Mortar between the bricks (image 2).
Excerpted from Garden Design
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Master gardener Paul James from HGTV's Gardening by the Yard answers a question about muddy pond water and how to clean it.