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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.
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Step 1: Determine a location and size

Do you want your pond to fill with rainwater?  Are there other features nearby which could cause problems such as falling leaves filling your pond? Would it look like it fits or would it look out of place in the chosen location? Will it be a trip hazard or in any way a problem in the location you have chosen?

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

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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

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Dig out the pond area to your chosen depth.  Slop the sides instead of digging straight down.  Keep in mind that if it is too deep it is more of a danger if someone steps into it.  Also, a deep pond will require more rock for filling. 

My dry pond is about 2' wide and 3 1/2" deep in the center.

Hey that looks great. I have a small pond base that was in the house(yard) when we arrived.10 years ago, I am in the process of prettying it up. I want water and plants, no fish.So hope it pans out as good as your idea.

cfuse4 years ago
It would be trivial to incorporate this idea into a larger swale.