Updating an Existing Pond

Update an Existing Pond

Spring is a great time start on new outdoor projects; the weather is finally warm enough to get back to water gardening.  Is your pond looking a little bland?  It is lacking its initial pizazz?  It might be time for an upgrade.  

Deciding on an upgrade can be challenging.  A great place to start is the end.  Try to think of what you want out of the finished product.  Are you looking simply for aesthetic appeal?  Does your pond need a little “pop” of excitement?  Or are you looking more for functionality?

Be realistic about the amount of work you want to do, your time frame, and your budget.  Making your pond larger is going to be a very different kind of project different than adding a spitter.  Even little additions like lights, a spitter, of a couple of fish can really bring back the energy and excitement into your backyard.



You can easily spice up your pond with some new decorations.  You can add fancy rocks, or just rearrange the ones you already have.  Replace any plants that didn’t make it through the winter, spring and summer blooms will add pops of color to your pond.  Plastic floating lily pads are great option because they look realistic, and add shade and protection for your fish.  

Adding fish to a pond really brings it to life!  Daily feedings will also give you a reason to visit more.  Goldfish are great starter fish, as they tend to be hardy and rather undemanding as far as fish go.  Koi can require a little more care and can get rather large, but are extremely beautiful and calming to watch.  A good rule of thumb is to have at least 10 gallons of water for every inch of fish.  When doing these calculations, keep in mind how large you fish will get and use their full sized length for the calculations.  Before adding your new fish, be sure to treat the water with a chlorine remover and allow the fish to adjust to the new temperature.

Lighting makes your pond equally fun at night, great for barbeques or just sitting outside and watching the stars.  smartpond pond and landscape lights have sensors so the lights automatically come on at dusk and shut off at dawn to save energy.  Each light set also comes with four colored lenses (blue, yellow, red, and green) to add even more fun!

Spitters add some aeration and the pleasant sound of flowing water to your pond, and are enjoyable to watch.  Spitters are very easy to install, all you need is the spitter, the pump, and the right tubing. One end of tubing attaches to the pump which sits at the bottom of the pond, and attach the other end of the tubing to the spitter, which will pour water back into the pond. Cut away any excess tubing if necessary.



Waterfalls and fountains help circulate the pond water, adding aeration.  smartpond fountains come with four fun nozzles to adjust the shape of the spray: trumpet, water spray, water bell, and foam jet.  

A waterfall allows for a bit more creative freedom, as you can add a stream and add rocks to disguise the pond and create more noise.  Waterfalls require a pump and typically a spillway.  Picking the right pump can be tricky, this article will guide you through the process.  Spillways are easily disguisable using rocks, for a great organic feel.  Adding a stream for the water to flow into the pond can takes a bit of work, but can transform a backyard.  

Update a Pond - Before and AfterMaking your pond bigger can be a lot of work, but also extremely rewarding.  A bigger pond will allow for more decorations and more fish!  The tiny koi you bought as babies soon grow over a foot long, with some being up to three feet long.  This can quickly come as a surprise, and overcrowding can be a big issue.

In order to make your pond bigger, you will need to drain the water and remove the liner so you can dig into the ground.  Before you do this, you will need to relocate all of your fish and plants, and move any rocks out of the way.  Make sure you give your fish adequate room, aeration, and protection from predators if the temporary location is more shallow and open.  Once you’ve dug the new dimensions you want, put the liner back, making sure it’s nice and smooth, with rocks securing it along the edges, then add water, and your pond life.   See the step by step process of our full pond renovation here!


Personal Touch

Ponds are an oasis and sanctuary; a place to relax and disconnect from the stress and chaos of the world.  Ponds are a great place to paint, read, write, or just stop and think.  

How comfortable is the space around your pond?  Do you have a nice place to sit?  Do you have shade?  Try adding a hammock, bench, or lawn chair so you can sit by the water and relax.  You can add side tables, perhaps with a container fountain or just a nice pitcher of iced tea.  Sandboxes aren’t just for kids, you can create a mini beach for yourself.  Outline a box in the yard, close enough to your pond, you can dig a hole, or you can just use wood or stones for the perimeter, and fill with sand.  Put your chair on the sand, add an umbrella if you need shade. Watch as your stress melts away, as you wriggle your toes in the sand.

A pond is the perfect focal point for a yard.  You can get as elaborate or as simple as you want.  Additions can be drastic, or just a little pop of excitement with some floating flowers or fish.  It’s really up to you.  The smallest change can make your pond just a little more enjoyable.  If it’s still cold out, you will need to wait for the ground to thaw before taking on any projects that involve digging.  Make your pond a personal sanctuary and retreat, adding comfortable chairs and shade so you can decompress whenever you need to!


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