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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Install the Pump, Pipe and Filter

Place the pump in the reservoir. Push the pipe on to the pump outlet, run the pipe along the length of the channel and cut it to fit at the far end. Fit a filter on the free end of the pipe to prevent blockages.

Install Pump in Pond ReservoirEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Add the Finishing Touches

Cover over the pipe in the channel with a level bed of gravel. Place a metal grill over the reservoir and top with cobblestones or river rocks (image 1). Permeable fabric placed between the grill and the stones will stop debris from falling into the water.

Fill the reservoir with water, prime the pump and adjust the flow according to manufacturer's instructions. Place edging material, for example slate chips (image 2).

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Excerpted from Garden Design

©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

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