DIY Pond Flagstone Edging Makeover

4 Materials
3 Hours

Tired of looking at a sad little pond, but afraid of laying flagstone to jazz it up? Here's a simple process to re-do your pond, make it look wonderful and last for years!
For several years we have thought about putting a new edging around our little recycled pond that we had put in the backyard. We got the pond liner at a yard sale really cheap, bought a new pump and a few different nozzles at a thrift store. We used to river rock that we had scavenged originally, but I really like the look of the flat flagstone. One of the things about river stone is that a didn't really cover the black plastic edging of the pond, sort of defeating the purpose of having it look natural.  One of the other problems with river rock what it was continually falling into the pond,  falling backwards into the shrubs, and was basically unstable.
I'd seen tons of photo online with flagstone edging where it covers the plastic edge so all you see is a stone and the water. Dave had measured about how many square feet we would need, so hubby and I decided to go buy stone. Lowe's is not too far from home and we found nice Flagstone there. Nice sized pieces for about $8 each, we bought 12 pieces, for about $100.00.  Took it home in the car.
 I found a video on YouTube that had real simple and easy directions about how to edge the flagstone as needed. Dave set up a work space near the pond.
Youtube video on how to simply shape stone short and easy! All you need is a hammer and work place.
Dave removed the river stone first and leveled the area little bit, saving the river stone for another project later.
He started doing a dry lay out of the stone. The dry layout lets you see where the potential pieces should go and what you might need to adjust.
After adjusting some edges for about an hour or so, using the hammer, Dave leveled, tweaked and adjusted. It was looking good!
All done! We will add some bark dust to the sides and buy some water plants when it warms up more. The stone will last for years and years, and are a great investment. We stored leftover river stone for other projects in the yard, and had a little bit of extra flagstone that we will use somewhere else. All total about 3 hours.
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3 questions
  • Sabah
    on Apr 11, 2018

    Hi great project looks beautiful....I have a question how do you deal with the water when it gets really dirty?

  • Shirley A. Duermeyer
    on Apr 11, 2018

    My question is a little off the topic. Does the pump fountain attract birds, mouse and other creatures when it is unusually dry. Really tired of dishing creatures out of the pond. TY

  • Linda
    on Apr 24, 2019

    I have a small black square tub how do I fix something like this up have a regular pump need to know how to do all this and can I do this in the things I have

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