My husband, sad over the recent passing of his beloved 13 year old Basset Hound, Molly, decided to build a koi pond in her memory. He'd never built a pond before. We did some research
and decided to use landscape timbers. We bought a pond liner first and then built the outer dimensions to coincide with the liner dimensions. He used carpet reminents to line the bottom of the pond and then bought an in-expensive roll of attic insulation and lined the inner edges. Then he added the liner. He used an extra row of landscape timbers on top to help anchor down the stapled liner on top. We added water, a fountain bubbler and a "spitter." Here is the end result. I think he did a great job! We still plan to add pond plants, koi, stain the wood and add plantings around it.
Place some pond netting over your pond year round. It's nearly invisible unless you are close to the pond. Weight down the edges every foot or two and be sure the net does not lie on top of the water. We placed netting over our pond the day we received fish; never had a problem. The netting also helps keep out the larger leaves.
I like to garden and love repurposing "anything", like the compass you'll see here that I made from an old concrete septic tank cover. Pics that follow are some of my outdoor projects:
made a bottle tree, a fish pond, grew and dried birdhouse gourds, made raised gardens, painted an old bench, painted rug onto my deck, harvested 40' bamboo, cured them and made a trellis, made a peaceful walking/sitting area in the woods out back. I'm a DYI'er that began as a financial necessity and grew into a passion.......By the way, if you haven't talked to the great people at Four Season Nursery yet, or shopped for mulch, gravel and plants, you're missing an opportunity. They are knowledgeable and dependable. My husband just smiles at me and hates to leave me the truck...he knows I'm going there for a load of something.