You may have heard of a dry creek as part of a landscape. It gives the feel of a water feature without actually using water. Some are designed to fill when there is sufficient rain. Others are strickly for appearance. I installed a dry pond instead of a creek which takes less space and time but gives a similar feel.
Step 1: Determine a location and size
How large is appropriate for the spot? You will need rocks to fill it and plants and larger rocks to surround it. The larger your pond the more time involved and the expense.
Is the chosen area away from tree roots? Digging around tree roots can be difficult and harmful to the tree.
Step 2: Preparing the spot
Once you have determined a location and size it is time to prepare the area.
Mark the area for digging with a piece of hose, rope, or other flexible items so you can picture the size and shape and so you will be digging in the correct area.
Remove plants, rocks, and other items away from the area so desirable plants are not damaged during the process and so you have some space to work.
Step 3: Dig out your pond
My dry pond is about 2' wide and 3 1/2" deep in the center.