Your climate, local soil, and commitment level will determine the size and type of pond you can maintain. Residents of the desert Southwest may want to consider a small container water feature to conserve limited water resources while people in wetter climates may find an in-ground pond easier to fill and clean. If you would like to have either fish or plants in your pond, learn about their specific needs and how much space they will require when fully grown before building your pond.
You should also keep in mind that, while many ponds are relatively low maintenance, new ponds, ponds with fish, and small container features will need constant observation and care to keep them healthy and looking their best.
If you’ve been considering adding a water feature to your garden, but aren’t sure where to start, the DIY backyard pond ideas below are creative examples of what you can achieve.