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Need a Koi Pond? Check out this Complete Landscaping Makeover!

By Gregg Sawyer

November 26, 2021


If you're looking for a way to upgrade your outdoor living space, consider building a koi pond! A koi pond is not only a stunning addition to any landscape, but it also brings relaxation and excitement with the calming sound of water and the hypnotizing movement of koi fish. Building a koi pond does require a bit of planning and effort, but it's a worthwhile investment. In this blog post, we'll show you an example of a complete landscaping makeover that includes a koi pond and share some tips and tricks along the way.

The first thing you need to consider before building a koi pond is the location. The ideal location is a flat and shady area that is close to a power source and won't be affected by heavy rain or flooding. Our featured landscaping makeover had a perfect location that was slightly elevated and surrounded by trees, creating a natural oasis.

The next step is to decide on the size and shape of your koi pond. The size will depend on the number of koi fish you want to keep, but a good rule of thumb is to have at least 1,000 gallons of water for five adult koi. As for the shape, a curved or irregular shape is more visually appealing than a boxy shape. Our featured landscaping makeover had a kidney-shaped koi pond that blended seamlessly into the surrounding landscape.

Once you have the location and shape figured out, it's time to start digging! You can either dig the pond by hand or use a backhoe for larger ponds. Make sure to create shelves or ledges around the edge of the pond for plants and for the koi fish to swim along. Our landscaping makeover had a beautiful rock wall that surrounded the pond and added a natural element to the design.

After the pond is excavated, it's time to install the plumbing and filtration system. A filtration system is crucial for keeping the water clean and healthy for the koi fish. It includes a skimmer, a biological filter, and a UV sterilizer. Our featured landscaping makeover had a hidden filter system that was tucked away behind a rock wall, creating a seamless design.

Lastly, it's time to add the finishing touches to your koi pond with decorations and plants. You can add rocks, boulders, and waterfalls to create a natural look or add colorful lights for a dramatic effect. Plants like water lilies and water hyacinth not only add visual interest but also provide shade and oxygen for the koi fish. Our landscaping makeover had a variety of plants and a stunning waterfall that cascaded into the pond.

This project was installed  Pine Bluffs, WY.   The project included a full landscaping makeover with xeriscaping and backyard Koi Pond

Here is a list of the products used on this project:

 Backyard Pond & Waterfall Material List:
  1. (1) Pond Pump TT9000 gph
  2. Pond Liner: 30 x 50 45ml EPDM pond liner
  3. Flex PVC: 100' of PVC Flex Pipe
  4. Pond Underlayment: 30 x 50 Geotextile Underlayment
  5. Pump Vault: Aquascape Pondless Waterfall Vault
  6. Pond Skimmer: (1000 Aquascape Series Pond Skimmer
  7. (2) Waterfall Spillways: Aquascape Waterfall Spillway
  8. Granite Boulders: 50 ton
  9. Cobble: 15 ton
  10. 1" Gravel: 15 ton
  11. 3 pallets of Arizona Buff Flagstone & tread steppers

Building a koi pond can seem daunting, but with proper planning and execution, it can transform your landscaping into an oasis. Our featured landscaping makeover is a prime example of how a koi pond can elevate a design and create a relaxing environment. Remember to choose the right location, size and shape, and install a proper filtration system. With these essential elements in place, you can have a stunning backyard oasis that you'll enjoy for years to come.

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