2. Pond Edging: Designing Your Pond

Edging for Appearance and Functionality

Pond Edging

Before you begin digging or ordering your garden products, it is very important to consider the design of your pond. First, decide the location of your pond and the maximum area it will occupy. Then do some simple sketches of the cross section of the pond. It is important to consider what type of edging you want and what kinds, if any, water features. Edging is a step that you do not want to miss in your pond design process.

Use the illustrations below for edging ideas, waterfalls, and construction of the pond to decide what configuration will best suit your needs and will make you happy for a long time. After you have made these decisions then decide what liner you should purchase. Taking the time to properly design your pond will save you time in the long run. It will also minimize the time you will have to spend going back to fix or change aspects that you could have done before you got started.

The edging you select for the margin of your pond will greatly affect its appearance as well as its functionality. With thoughtful consideration of your edging you can achieve a variety of visual affects and meet the requirements of your specific fish and plants. We have provided several edging ideas that have worked very effectively for us. These cross-sections illustrate a variety of functional and aesthetic considerations that may help you in the design and construction of your pond. The natural terrain of your site may be well suited for one of these edgings or the incorporation of several ideas.

Grass edging
liner const waterfall
partially raided edge
Raised earth support
2a Edging with bog area
sink hole
gravel beach edging
Raised above ground

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