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.

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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.

How to Prepare a Rill for Brick EdgingEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

Insert Reservoir and Check that Rim is LevelEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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

©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

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