When someone decides they want a landscaping pond in their yard the first question they often ask is where do I start and what parts do I need to make this actually work? You can do a little bit of research and try to piecemeal all of the pumps, liners, filters, waterfall spillways etc… or you can purchase one of the various pond kits that are available. Which is best; my own design or a kit? That is going to largely depend on the size of the pond you are looking to install and how many and what types of added devices you are considering. Regardless of the type of pond kit you buy you will have to foot the bill to dig it out as well as buy the gravel, aquatic plants, a liner and if so desired, fish with which to stock your pond. Which will require less labor? A pond kit will usually come with everything you need to put together an eye-catching centerpiece for your landscaping. It will take some labor to dig out your pond, but with a kit you won’t be building waterfalls or water diverters, which can be available, depending on the type of pond kit you purchase. Do I need a professional for my pond? To avoid any physical labor of your own, you can hire a professional landscaping company to install your landscaping pond and the results will usually end up being closer to what you have envisioned. However, if you are looking to save money, sweat equity can offer a hefty payoff. If you want it done right the first time and have very little expertise in outdoor landscaping you will probably be better served by hiring a professional. How big a pond should I put in? That is up to the size of your yard and how much of it you want to devote to pond landscaping. For most residential lots, a six-foot by eight-foot pond will create an attractive focal point for your yard. In most cases, anything smaller will be more of a distraction than an attraction. Larger ponds, if you have the room, can also become home to exotic fish as well as provide a peaceful environment for relaxing outdoors. What types of pumps work best? This will also depend on the size of your pond and whether or not you plan to utilize waterfalls. Submersible pumps will offer little noise beyond the sound of cascading water if you use a waterfall. Pumps will also be needed if you employ a fountain for both appearance and to help keep your pond aerated. For most pond applications, submersible pumps are usually recommended. If you plan to use a water pump you will also need to plan to extend electric service to the pond area. A landscape pond can offer many added benefits to your yard such as creating a place for gatherings or to create a home of aquatic life. Adding fish to you pond will provide many hours of relaxing time as you enjoy your outdoor living space. Keep in mind that larger ponds may require more maintenance than smaller ponds, but when they are done right and allowed to create their own ecological system, the amount of work they require will be minimal.