Types of Small Garden Ponds


There are many factors to consider when choosing the what sort of garden ponds to build. Size, shape, and location are all important considerations. Some factors to consider when selecting a small garden pond include: the size of the pond, its shape, and where it will be located in your garden

When choosing a small garden pond, you should first decide its size. Most ponds range in size from 10 to 30 feet wide by 50 to 150 feet long. Larger ponds can accommodate more fish and plants, but they can also be more expensive to build and maintain. If you only want a small pond for occasional use or for children’s playtime, a smaller pond is likely sufficient. 

The shape of your garden pond is also important factor to consider. A round or oval shaped pond is typically easier to care for than an elongated one because it is less likely to form leaks or overflow. A rectangular shaped pool may be more aesthetically pleasing if space is limited, but it can be harder to water evenly because the sides are not as steep as those of a round or oval pool. 

Half-barrel water garden

Some novices created a half-barrel water garden in a whiskey barrel. These may hold numerous plants as well as a few goldfish or other small fish and are a unique addition to a patio or deck area.

A modest pump for the barrel garden will be required to keep the water moving. There are several accessories available. Several varieties of old-fashioned hand pumps, for example, may be added to the barrel garden for a more rustic aspect and to offer a creative manner of returning water to the barrel.

In-ground ponds

Preformed or flexible pond liners of different sorts are available for in-ground ponds. If you have a large project or want the permanency that only concrete can provide, search for a qualified builder in your region with some similar expertise, or make sure the contractor speaks with someone about the special issues of creating a water garden. You don’t want your project to be the one where your contractor learns how to create a watergarden for the first time.

Pre-formed ponds

Pre-formed pond liners are available in a number of intriguing forms, with plant shelves built directly in. They are simpler to build, and clean, and are more resistant to damage than liner ponds.

Liner ponds

Liner ponds, on the other hand, provide more design freedom in terms of form. The liner approach also allows for bigger and deeper ponds.


For your pond, you will need to purchase a pump. Install a pump that recirculates the water at least once every two hours for a healthy pond.

Once your pond is up and running, you may decide whether to add any ornamental or functional elements.

Pond maintenance may be simple if you install the appropriate filtration system for the size and waste load of your pond. There are several water treatments available for your pond, but we have discovered that a good biological filter that is cleaned on a regular basis is the best approach to maintaining maximum pond health.

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