How to Choose a Pond Kit When Building a Backyard Water Garden Pond How to Choose a Pond Kit When Building a Backyard Water Garden Pond

Whether you are a first-time pond builder or just prefer the convenience and cost-effectiveness of using a water garden pond kit for your DIY pond construction, you have many options to choose from. So many options, in fact, that deciding which pond kit best meets your needs can become a project in itself. Following the simple guidelines below can help you determine what to look for in a pond kit that will be the perfect fit for you and your backyard.

Things You’ll Need:

Water gardening/pond building catalogues (online or print)
A preliminary pond design and budget


Step 1: Evaluate your creativity and skill level. If you have designed and implemented landscaping projects in the past and been satisfied with your results and have had successful experiences with similar do-it-yourself projects. If you are a true beginner and you judge your skills to be more basic, then an equally simple pond kit will likely suit you best.

Step 2: Consider the scope and design of your project. Pond kits are sold in nearly all sizes from “miniature” 4’ x 6’ ponds up to extensive 16’x21’ models; can come with waterfall features or without; use a pre-formed liner or a flexible one; include everything from the waterfall filter to the skimmer or consist of only the most basic components. The more you know about what kind of pond you want, the easier it will be for you to identify which features you will require in a pond kit and which you don’t, and the easier it will be to narrow the field to those kits that will best fit your design.

Step 3: Weigh your budget carefully. Many do-it-yourself pond builders choose a pond kit based almost entirely on cost, and while one of the main attractions of using a kit is that it does tend to be much less expensive than purchasing components separately, cost should not be the deciding factor. Any money you may have saved on a pond kit selected on price alone can be quickly spent on repairing, replacing or compensating for ill-suited or low-quality parts. Save money on the labor, not on the equipment, by choosing a kit that is the most appropriate to your design and of the highest quality you can afford.

Step 4: Check the warrantees. In many cases, you will want to take the life of your pond components into consideration. Many quality pond kits offer lifetime warrantees on skimmers and filters, 20 year warrantees on liners and 2-3 year warrantees on pumps, which is great for those looking to get the most out of their investment. If, however, you don’t need your pond to last as long (say you will replace it with a larger or more elaborate pond in a year) then you may be able to choose a kit with shorter warrantees at a lesser cost.

Step 5: Comparison shop. Many manufacturers offer the same or similar pond kits at varying price ranges. To ensure you are paying a fair price for your kit of choice, call or visit multiple suppliers or cross-check prices you find on the internet. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of your dealer, and remember to verify what each kit includes so you know exactly what you are paying for and if the kit you are considering has all the elements required to build the pond you really want.

From childhood Garth Epp has had a fascination and love for water and aquatic life. It was out of this love that he developed the supportive online ponding community Building My and a bi-weekly water garden pod cast.

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