Subcompact tractor with backhoe, mechanical thumb, and loader bucket
Heavy pond liner
Larger, rounded stones
Creating a garden pond and waterfall is easy if you re-circulate the water with a pond pump.
Before you dig, dial 811 to check for buried utilities.
Use tractor backhoe to dig basin for water and trench for pump’s electrical chord.
Line basin with sand and heavy pond liner.
Overlap top surface by six inches and secure with large, flattish stones.
Run pump chord through PVC pipe for protection and to make replacement easier.
Create waterfall with weir, plastic box with lip that spills water back into pond.
Run plastic tubing to carry water from pump to weir.
Use tractor loader bucket to move stones and backhoe’s mechanical thumb to place them.
Camouflage weir and tubing with stones.
Plant water plants in clay pots with newspaper in bottom and pea gravel on top to hold soil.
Add trapdoor snails and goldfish to help keep water clean.