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Overview

A garden pond with plants and fish is a great feature in your garden. Follow our step-by-step guide and we'll show you how to position the pond, mark out the area, dig a hole to the correct depth and make sure the pond is level. 

Steps

1Mark the pond's position and dig your hole

Consider the pond's position and check there are no power and gas lines underneath. Place pond carcass upside down on the area and spray around it to mark the position. Now dig a hole to the pond's depth, adding an extra 50mm.

A person using spray paint to mark the ground around an inverted plastic tub

2Level and fill the pond

Place sand in the hole and level it off. This layer of sand will stop rocks perforating the pond carcass. Place the pond in the hole and check it is the right height. Check it is sitting so that water won't sit higher on one side. Backfill with soil around the pond. Fill it a quarter full with water. Check it is level again. Use pavers, pebbles or rocks to decorate around the sides. 

A person placing a spirit level across a plastic pond inserted in the ground

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.