Cost to Create a Garden Pond – 2021

| Last Updated: August 23, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 2155

$ 565

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 73% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

The average price to Create a Garden Pond noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

How much is a garden pond installed? The landscape contractor charge to build a garden pond is $2,155 vs. doing it yourself for $565.

In today’s busy world, the soothing atmosphere and appeal of a water garden is hard to beat. The running water and floating flowers in a pond create a welcome environment to escape from the hectic noise and commotion of daily living.

You can create a garden pond as the focal point of a landscape plan, or tuck it away as a quiet retreat. When you’re considering adding one, choose a level area that gets plenty of sunshine because aquatic plants bloom best with a full day of direct sunlight. And choose an area of the yard that’s within reach of the garden spigot so the pond can be filled easily.

Installing a pond involves siting it by laying down an outline for the edges of the pond, excavating the area, laying down padding and underlayment, installing the liner, building a rock border, and then installing a filtration system. It’s an ambitious project for a do-it-yourselfer, but well worth the effort.

A landscaper will charge $2,155 to install a shallow 6-ft.-by-8-ft. pond, which includes labor and material; but you can do it yourself for $565, the cost of a kit and the landscaping materials for a pond that size. The kit comes with all the components, including a 10-ft-by-15-ft liner, pump, filter, 25-feet of 1-in. tubing and fittings.

Here are instructions from WikiHOW How to Build a Backyard Pond.

The bottom line: compare the price of a contractor’s bid to create a garden pond with what it costs to do it yourself and make your decision.

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