Q: How much does it cost to put a little pond in your backyard?
I was just flipping through a remodeling magazine and there was a short piece on a couple who put a small pond in their backyard. My wife and I are thinking about redoing our backyard. I thought this would be a pretty neat feature to add. I'm thinking maybe something that's about 8 to 10 feet across. How much would this cost to put in? Also, what effort is involved and how much does it cost to keep a pond like this in good shape on a monthly or yearly basis. Thanks.
You can find talented pond builders who will help you get maximum enjoyment out of a water feature. They will help you consider where to place it so you can enjoy it from inside your house as well as when you're in the yard, design features, plantings, flow - for aesthetics and sound - and more. Check out http://www.watergardening.com , a community of pond builders and pond owners sponsored by Aquascape, a premier provider of water gardening kits and education. You'll see photos of ponds of various sized, including 8 x 10, and installed costs for the projects.
You can find plastic formed pond kits at a local big box store for a couple hundred dollars, but you are not likely to be satisfied with those. They just don't look natural; you'll need to add rocks and plants anyhow, and they're never big enough. My advice is to invest around $5,000 and build the largest Aquascape pond you can afford. You will love the results.
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Ponds are a great ambiotic addition. They come in all shapes and sizes. Pricing will vary on size and type (stone, rock, granite, etc.). Installation can be pricey but usually worth it. They are usually very low maintenance, labor wise and budget. Almost all fountains use pumps which recycles the water. So aside from cleaning out your fountain (how often depends. Are there trees overhead, debris, etc.). On a side note, the pumps are usually the issue when it comes to maintenance, so don't go cheap.
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