Installing a pond is popular in a wide variety of landscaping projects. Pond lining, necessary to guard against erosion, is crucial for building a successful pond. You need to know which kind of pond lining is best for your project. Most ponds can use a similar sort of lining -- both farm pond liners and ornamental pond liners are essentially the same, the main difference between them being in size.
Most commonly used are plastic pond liners, made from several materials, including EPDM and polyethylene. A plastic pond liner needs to be flexible enough to fit any pond area, durable in all types of anticipated weather, safe for pond plant and animal life, and resistant to environmental detriments.
Another common option is pond lining made in a pre-fabricated shape out of fiberglass. Such pond liners are mostly used for smaller, ornamental ponds and are not appropriate as a farm pond liner. If you are not familiar with the method of building a pond, some companies offer pond building kits that contain the pond liner and all other necessary parts.
Keep the following qualities in mind when choosing a plastic pond liner:
- Know the size of pond you need to line, since plastic pond liners are available in a variety of sizes and shapes.
- Choose the right material for your needs and environment.
- Make sure you have accurately measured your pond area so that you can purchase the correct amount of pond plastic liner.
- Look for opportunities to purchase supplies at a wholesale rate if you plan to install multiple pond liners or sell them to install for others.
Determine the size, shape, and type of pond you need to install and pick an appropriate pond linerA handy way to determine the size of plastic pond liner needed is to use a liner calculator that tells you exactly how much plastic liner is needed for the pond you are installing. Search for information about the kind of pond you want to build before starting your project.
Natural Resources Conservation Service. Instructions on how to install a pond liner are available from the Royal Liner website.