Choosing a Style

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The first step in designing a pond is to choose an overall style. There are a couple common styles we’ll mention here: 

Natural Style Water Garden 

With this style, the goal is to build a pond that looks like it might be something you’d find in nature. Features include:

  • Non-uniform shape/size to emulate nature
  • Natural looking waterfalls made out of larger rock / boulders
  • Walls in the pond made out of rock to hide the liner
  • Landscaping edge treatments done with gravel, mulch, rock or soil
  • Natural plantings around the pond that help blend the pond into the surrounding environment

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Formal Style Water Garden

Formal style water gardens are usually more “formal” in regard to shape, uniformity and size. The goal isn’t to make the pond look natural, but to create a water feature with clean lines and an obvious symmetry. An example might be a rectangular, above-ground, Japanese style water garden. Features might include:

  • Uniform shape, like rectangular, square or circular
  • Often built above ground slightly
  • Sometimes built into decks, matching the square lines of the building

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