Preformed fish pond liners make it simple to create a water feature in your backyard. You don’t have to worry about designing the top to bottom dimensions of your pond. You just select the size that best fits the space you will be working with. Preformed liners come in a wide array of shapes, widths and depths. They are made of durable high-density polythene or fibreglass. Many come with a 15-year warranty but can last much longer than that.
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Pond and Patio Deck
A creative way to integrate a preformed pond into your yard is to build a raised deck and cut out a space for a small pond in the middle of the deck. The sound of running water adds tranquillity to your patio, and the pond is an ideal gathering place for family and friends to relax and enjoy watching the colourful fish. Another imaginative design is to have the edge of the deck extend out over the pond, almost like your patio is the edge of a dock.
Preformed pond liners are simple to install compared to flexible liners. You dig a hole large enough to accommodate the pond shape, set it in place and backfill soil around the sides until it is securely in place. Flexible liners require you to configure the hole with your shovel to the exact shape you want the pond to be, including shelves for plants. Take advantage of these time savings to make your backyard even more of a water garden by installing two preformed ponds of different shapes, and then surround them with plant groupings of different texture, colour and foliage.
Waterfall and Pond Together
Preformed pond liners are designed so you can join two or more of them together in modular fashion. This presents endless possibilities of using pool, stream and waterfall shapes in intriguing combinations. A sloped area of the yard that might have nothing on it but uninteresting groundcover can be transformed into an exciting waterfall that rushes down into a pool. If you don’t have much slope, try creating a curving stream bed that winds through the yard and flows into the pond. Preformed pond liners are available in finishes that look like natural rock or stone. You can also put pebbles in the stream bed to mask the plastic liner.
Preformed pond liners in small shapes are ideal for building elevated ponds on a patio, and larger shapes can create elevated ponds that make focal points in the middle of the yard. The challenge is to design an interesting facade to go around the liner to hide the plastic--one that fits in with your overall backyard design. Interlocking cement blocks and bricks both work well. Placing the liner in another container, such as a large rain barrel, makes for a visually interesting small pond in a country-style garden.
By installing low-wattage lighting to cast a soft glow on the plants surrounding the pond, and placing submersible lighting beneath the pond surface, you can completely change the look of your pond from day to night. The effect you create could be warm and romantic, or you could use coloured lights beneath the surface to create more of an exotic look. If you have an unusual water plant in your pond, try illuminating it to make your pond even more fascinating after dark. You will enjoy being able to observe the fish in the evening as well.
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