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How to Remove a Garden Pond

By Kelly Shetsky ; Updated September 21, 2017

Garden ponds are small biospheres equipped with aquatic life and environment. They aren't simple water features or decorative elements. However, there may come a time when you want to remove the pond or replace it with a new one. The process is relatively easy, as long as you're equipped with the right tools and the know-how. There may be heavy lifting involved, so it's best to have some help.

Detach electrical equipment that is connected, such as pond pumps, filters, skimmers, fountains and lights.

Remove external hardware that is housed in boxes or cases outside of the pond. This includes the filters and pumps.

Put the end of a garden hose or other tube into the water to help you drain the pond. Stretch it out so that it lays flat. It's best if you can place it on a downward slope.

Suck on the end of the hose just enough to get the water to come through. Make sure you don't swallow any of it. Monitor it as the hose siphons off most of the pond water.

Haul away the paving stones or rocks that edge the garden pond. If you made it from concrete, you'll have to use a mini jackhammer, pickax or heavy maul to break up the concrete.

Pull all submerged items from the pond, such as hardware, pumps, filters and decorations. Clean them well if you plan to resell or use them in the future.

Pull the garden pond liner out of the ground once most of the water has been removed. If you don't plan to use it again, punch holes in the liner with a knife or scissors because the water will drain faster.


Things You Will Need

  • Hose
  • Mini jackhammer
  • Pickax
  • Heavy maul
  • Scissors or knife

About the Author


Based in New York State, Kelly Shetsky started writing in 1999. She is a broadcast journalist-turned Director of Marketing and Public Relations and has experience researching, writing, producing and reporting. She writes for several websites, specializing in gardening, medical, health and fitness, entertainment and travel. Shetsky has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Marist College.