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How To Create A Garden Pond Using Stone

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You don't need a lot of space to create a water feature in your yard. You can create a beautiful garden pond using a small corner of your yard. Your pond can have natural stone, Koi fish to help eat algae and even a beautiful water fall. Creating this garden pond just takes a few materials and a little bit of time. See below for instructions on how to create a garden pond.

Here's What You'll Need:

  • Pond liner (size depends on how big you want your garden pond to be)
  • Natural stone in numerous shapes and sizes
  • Water garden plants
  • Koi fish
  • Water
  • Pond filter/pump
  • Shovel
  • Level
  • Spray paint


  1. Once you have your pond liner picked out, you can dig out your yard deep enough to place the liner. You can find a pond liner at most larger hardware or garden supply stores. Place your liner where you want it to go and use spray paint to mark the liner. Dig around the painted markings.
  2. Lay sand in the bottom of your hole to help level out your pond liner. Check that it is even using a level.
  3. Install your pond filter and pump using the manufacturer instructions. The filter and pump will help with algae and waste issues from your Koi fish.
  4. Fill your pond liner with water from your hose.
  5. Line the front and side edges of your pond liner with small stones about a foot out from the liner. Add larger stones right next to the water and in the back of your liner. Stack larger flat stones in the back to create a mini wall. This will also serve as the backdrop of your waterfall. Back-fill the mini wall with dirt to help keep it from falling. You should be able to find all of these items at a professional landscape supply company, like Old World Stone.
  6. To create the waterfall, attach a hose or tubing to your pond pump. The tubing or hose will pull water from the pond and pour out of your mini wall to mimic a waterfall. Be sure to hide the tubing or hose in your rock to keep it from being seen. 
  7. Once you have your rock in place and your waterfall set, you can begin adding plants around your pond.
  8. After your pond is set, you can add your Koi fish.

Your new stone garden pond will add new life and beauty to your yard.