How to fill in a garden pond

Written by akeia dixon | 13/05/2017
How to fill in a garden pond
Fill in your pond to add space to your garden. (pilcas/iStock/Getty Images)

You may want to fill in your garden pond due to child safety concerns, because it requires too much maintenance, you just sold your home and the new owners do not want the pond, or you just want to redesign your garden. Whatever the reason, filling a garden pond creates more space for you to use for other purposes.

Drain the pond with a bottom intake siphon drain if your garden pond has one. If your garden pond does not have a siphon drain, use a pond vacuum to remove all of the water.

Clear out the existing items in the pond in early autumn before frost sets in, or late winter when the weather is milder. This prevents any hibernating animals that are on the bottom of the pond from being suddenly exposed to cold weather.

Fill the hole where the pond was with sand until you have about 90 cm left at the top. If you prefer, you can use dirt to fill up the pond area.

Pour top soil on top of the sand and make sure it is level with the surrounding land.

Plant flower seeds, grass seeds or other plants to cover the area where your pond once existed.


Carefully remove and transfer all fish before filling in your pond.

Tips and warnings

  • Carefully remove and transfer all fish before filling in your pond.

Things you need

  • Siphon drain
  • Pond vacuum
  • Sand or dirt
  • Top soil
  • Plant seeds

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