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Thread: Pond Newbie

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    We are currently re-landscaping our yard and were considering getting a pond. Where do we start? There are raccoons in our area BTW. - Evan

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    Given where you live you luckily won't have to deal with ridiculous winters. A lot of advice depends on what you want to have in the pond, how big of a space you have and what the surroundings are.

    Based on my past experience, here are some initial pointers:

    1. Check whether you need any permits/other legalities before you build a pond. Some areas may have depth restrictions, etc

    2. Generally speaking, the larger the more stable, balanced, versatile, better, etc.

    3. In areas with potential fish predators like raccoons, a pond with steep walls to around a foot and a half deep (before turning into a gradual slope) will help prevent critters from wading around.

    4. Have one corner of the pond gently slope out so that small critters that have fallen in can swim out, so that birds can bathe and frogs can use the pond.

    5. Stay away from trees as much as possible. Falling leaves will severely mess with a pond, as will intruding roots. Lack of sunlight will mean a slow warmup in spring (maybe less important in California but terrible in Calgary).

    6. Consider investing in a pond vac or a permanent bottom drain. It's amazing how quick anoxic gunk will accumulate and how tedious it is to fish it out manually.

    This of course applies mostly to small residential (liner) ponds and assumes you know the basics of pond building. If you're thinking of a farm pond this might not be the right forum.

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