How to Make a Pond in the Front Yard


A front yard pond makes a unique landscaping feature that tickles the senses and attracts attention, not just from neighbors but also from wildlife. Front yard ponds are a popular feature when paired with architectural features like a large picture window or a porch where home owners can watch as birds bathe in the pond. A small pond that is only a few feet across is a simple project for beginners. However, larger ponds are more challenging and require more effort to install.

Step 1

Lay out the shape of your pond by placing a garden hose around the perimeter of the pond.

Step 2

Remove the turf from inside the footprint of your pond by cutting it away with a spade.

Step 3

Remove the soil one foot at a time from the pond site. Be sure to keep the sides level and do not dig outside the boundary laid out by the garden hose. Make your pond slightly larger than the pre-formed liner.

Step 4

Slightly dampen coarse sand to the consistency of a wrung-out sponge and layer it over the floor of your pond in a 2-inch layer.

Step 5

Lower your pre-formed liner into the pond. If the liner is not level, pull it up and smooth out the soil bed beneath the liner by hand.

Step 6

Add 4 inches of water to the bottom of the pond and fill the space between the soil wall and the liner with loose dirt. Keep the level of loose dirt even with the liner and add more dirt to the space between the liner and the soil wall slowly as the pond fills.

Step 7

Landscape around the borders of your pond with marginal plants such as bulrush and irises and hardscape including rock.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden hose
  • Spade
  • Shovel
  • Coarse sand
  • Pre-formed liner


  • Ortho's All about Garden Pools and Fountains; Veronica Lorson Fowler and Jamie Beyer; 1999
  • Reader's Digeste Illustrated Guide to Gardening; Carroll Calkins; 1978

Who Can Help

  • Pondlady's Info Center Website: How to Build a Pond
Keywords: garden pool, landscaping pond, water garden

About this Author

After 10 years experience in writing, Tracy S. Morris has countless articles and two novels to her credit. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets" and "CatFancy," as well as the "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World," and several websites.