How to Install Pond Liners


A pond can be a beautiful addition to your landscaping. Installing a pond liner is a fairly simple and quick task, but for the entire pond installation, you may want to plan for it to take at least an entire weekend. Pond liners come in several rigid shapes and sizes, if you wish to use a prefabricated one, or you can choose pond liner plastic sheeting that comes in several thicknesses and may also be available in more than one color. The thicker the plastic, the more durable and resistant to puncture your liner will be. Purchase the thickest one you can afford, to avoid trouble down the road. The plastic liner sheets are ideal if you wish to make your pond a custom shape or size.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Garden hose
  • Heavy rocks
  • Sand
  • Use the garden hose to lay out the pond's shape. If you have a premade pond liner, outline its edge with the hose. If you are designing your own pond, a garden hose is a nice way to lay out and visualize your new pond, since it bends gently and does not easily move around accidentally.

  • Dig a hole that is 2 inches deeper than your pond's depth. Be certain to dig a hole that conforms exactly to the contours of your premade rigid pond liner, if you are using one.

  • Remove all sticks and rocks from the hole to prevent puncturing the pond liner.

  • Put 2 inches of sand along all surfaces of your hole, to properly support your liner and as a buffer against puncturing the liner.

  • Lay the liner or liner sheet in the hole. Weight down the sheeting with heavy rocks around the perimeter if you are using sheeting.

  • Fill the pond with water from the garden hose. If you are using a sheeting type of liner, get into the pond barefoot while it fills to smooth out any wrinkles in the plastic sheet. If you are using a premade pond liner, back fill around the liner with dirt and sand to properly support the liner as the pond fills. Remove the heavy rocks as the sheeting type of liner fills so as to allow the sheeting to rest into its natural position along the bottom of the hole.

  • Add any sort of decorative stones and landscaping around the edge of your pond once it is completely filled with water.

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