If possible, select a site with at least 6 hours of direct sunlight.
Select the site that can be seen from as many places as possible, including inside the house. The water garden is a 12 month garden. Avoid trees where possible. Leaves can create a problem in the winter.
Avoid a windy area. The wind can knock the pots over and destroy the plants.
Avoid areas which collect run-off. Chemicals from lawns and dirt will collect in the pond and cause problems.
Select a material considering both cost and ease of installation. Pond materials include pre-formed fiberglass and sheets of PVC or Butyl liners.
If electrical outlets are required, make sure they are installed.
Check all local codes and ordinances.
BIGGER IS BETTER. The biggest complaint we hear is that people wish they had made the garden bigger.
Select plants with the total landscape in mind. The pool plants would compliment or be complimented by the surrounding plants.
Do not overload the pool with fish.
The depth of the pool is important if plants and fish are to be over-wintered. Minimum depth should be 24" for plants, 30" or more for fish. Ponds should be submerged for over-wintering.
Sit back and enjoy your garden pond. It will be the focal point of the garden. Make sure you have a place to sit by your pool. You will surely go there to relax when you’re finished with the maintenance of the other parts of your lawn.