Once you have selected a location, you should measure out and mark the area where your stream and pond will be. You will need an outline of the pattern. Spray paint will work better for this than chalk, which can be rubbed away too easily. It is also possible for the area to be flagged. Checking with your gas and electric companies is a essential step before digging starts.
The pond's walls should step down a few times to prevent deterioration. Plants will flourish with this design, which is also more aesthetically pleasing. Do not throw away any of the dirt, instead add it to areas where you will need to build landscape for the waterfall. Make certain that the bottom of the pond is level. Dig out the location for the stream, and build up the ground where the falls will be.
Setting in the liner is the next step to be done once the digging is finished. Cover the pond's floor with sand, and make it level. Since it has to be spread-out and then carried to the pond, installing the liner is a two man job. Moving the liner along the ground is not an appropriate way of transporting it to the pond. A lower grade liner should never be used in and effort to save money. It would be very unpleasant to have to undo all of your work just to replace a bargain liner.
Putting in the equipment is the next thing you will have to do. This is where you will add the pumps, water filters and a skimmer. Employing a person who is trained to work with electricity is a good idea for this step, since they can install outlets which are safe for the outside.
Gravel and rocks should be added into the pond and waterfall area now. It is a good idea to place a protective overlay on top of the liner, and then add a couple large rocks to weigh it down. Including different sized and shaped rocks and gravel to the floor of the pond will not only make it look attractive, but will encourage wildlife as well. Spray the rocks clean of dirt, and then sump pump the muddy water out of your pond.
After you have the stream, waterfall, and pond lined and decorated with the rocks, be sure it is all clean. Pouring in fresh water is the next step. A product to take the chlorine out of the water is necessary at this point, except in cases where well water was utilized. Many chemicals will harm the plants and fish you may add.
Putting the fish and plants in will be your last job. Plants are a great way to filter the pond water. After adding the plants, wait two weeks before putting in the fish. This allows the plants time to clean the pond, and add nutrition to give the fish a healthy start.