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Hello, I am Monica Grimbles. I recently tore up all of the grass outside of my home to create a fully edible landscape. The ability to eat all of the plants growing in my garden helps my family's journey to self-sustainability. After all, relying on the supermarket may not always be an option. Even if it is, the food you grow in your yard just tastes and feels so much better. I also like that I do not have to tend the grass to keep the yard green. I change out the plants each year to keep the yard looking fresh and renewed. I will share my plant selections, planting techniques and tools on this site to help others create an edible landscape. I will also discuss all of the ways our professional landscaper helped out with this fun project. Please come back soon.

Exploring Edible Landscape Designs

How To Create A Backyard Pond

by Eugene Jones

Have you always wanted a backyard pond? If you want one, then build it. There are kits available that will help you create a beautiful, small pond. They are not very difficult to build and you can do most of the work yourself. Here is a quick guide describing what you will have to do.

Dig The Hole

The first step is to dig the hole for the pond. Find the location where you want the pond to be and begin to dig. The location for the pond is important. It needs to be far away from large trees so as to avoid their root systems. Also, you want the pond to be close to an exterior electrical outlet. The electrical outlet is important for the water pump.

The depth of the pond is only critical if you intend on keeping fish in it. If you plan on having goldfish, koi, or other fish, then you need to have a deep pond. This is because it will help protect the fish during the cold weather. Otherwise, you can create any dimension you want as long as it is at least 4 feet deep and 7 feet wide. This size will help prevent the water from stagnating.

Line The Pond

Once the hole is dug, its time to lay the pond liner. There are solid liners, but soft liners are easier to use if you have dug a free form hole. The soft liners look like large tarps. You can cut them with a carpet cutter or scissors.

You should secure the liner around the edge of the pond with large stones. You can get nice, river boulders to use. These are much more natural looking than concrete blocks, or even fieldstone.

Moving Water: No Mosquitoes

It's time to set up the pump. You don't want stagnate water because it will attract mosquitoes. It will also turn green, and won't look nice. So, what you should do is get a pond pump from a garden supply store. The most discrete way to run the electrical connection is to run it underground. To do this you will need to dig a small, narrow trench from the pond to your electrical outlet. Lay a length of PVC in the trench and run the electrical cord through the PVC and then cover it back up with dirt.

Decorate The Pond With River Rock

At this point you should spend time decorating the pond. River rock is a great product to use. It is great to use for the bottom of the pond as well as in-between the large boulders that surround the rim. You can get a large river rock delivery to your home. This saves you the trouble of carrying the heavy stone home from a garden store.

Once you have laid all the river rock, it is time to fill up the pond. For more help on your setup and deciding what to include, contact a company like Stone Depot LLC for details and information.