Here are some tips for choosing a location for your pond:
- Choose a spot that gets at least four to six hours of sunlight a day. You can build a pond in the shade, but the flowers and plants you surround it with won’t do as well.
- Consider your view. You’ll want to be able to see the pond from the area of the yard you use most often, like the pool or the patio. You also should be able to see it from indoors when you look out the window.
- Don’t locate your pond, or any water feature, under a tree. Most trees drop leaves and debris, which can clog pipes and drains and leave a mess in the water.
- Stay high. A pond at the bottom of a slope will catch run-off on the rare occasions when it rains or when you water your lawn. That run-off contains fertilizer and mulch, which can cause algae.
- Know your local building codes. You might need a permit to build a pond or stream in your yard, and you might be restricted to a certain depth. Some homeowners’ associations require fences around water features that have areas of deep water.
- Call your local utility before you dig to make sure you won’t be disturbing underground electric, cable or telephone lines.