Bob Dorrance

Hi, I’m Bob, thanks for stopping by Backyard-Pond-Guide.com.

Welcome To Backyard-Pond-Guide.com

Hi, and welcome to Backyard-Pond-Guide.com. My name is Bob Dorrance, owner and creator of this website.

As a person who had a backyard pond for almost twenty years, I’m pretty sure I can lead you in the right direction if you’re interested in having your own backyard pond.

I have since moved and no longer have a pond, but I have to tell you, I do miss it and got a lot of enjoyment from it.

Along with my wife, we did all the aspects of having a pond, from digging it, landscaping it, and enjoying all the different fish that we had in it.

What This Website Is About

Not only was having a pond a great hobby for me, but web development is also another, so I decided to create this website. I’m not a professional webmaster, and I’m not an English major, but I try hard.

Anyway, the purpose of this website is to offer you my help and experiences to you as maybe a person who wants their own pond but aren’t quite sure how to do it.

I would suggest to you to first read the entire category titled “Pond Construction”, it’s a very good starting point. Then you can take it from there.

Any questions or comments are always welcome. I have some plans for this website and one of them is to have a gallery of pictures from people who have created their own ponds that I would like to show. So please, send your picture in, and I’ll put it up for the world to see.

Planning Helps A Lot

A little planning now will make things easier once the construction starts. I’ll give you some pointers about the different aspects of pond building that have worked for me. I’ve done a great deal of the “trial and error” stuff and hopefully, sharing my experiences in this regard will save you some time and effort.

There are a number of sites on the internet that will tell you about all the things you “need” to do this or that during the project, but if there is one thing I’m big on, it’s “keeping it simple”.

Naturally, building a pond from scratch requires a good deal of physical work, particularly the digging part. My son and I managed that part of the job with shovels and sweat, we moved quite a bit of dirt. Our part of the country is mostly clay so we managed to burn a few extra calories.

If you are physically unable to do this kind of work, then maybe hiring a friend or neighbor or strong relative will be the answer. That way too, you can sit in your lawn chair, supervise the dig, and bring refreshments when needed.

It might be best to read as much of this blog as you can before you begin because hearing about the experiences of others will tend to get your imagination going and get you thinking about what touches and features you might like to incorporate into your own pond. In other words, it will help you develop your game plan.

And, finally, if you run into any problems during the job, you can visit this Website, look through the articles, or email me and I will be happy to answer any questions.

Nature At Work

I must tell you, building a pond is a great experience that you will love for years and years, and since it is a creative endeavor, you really can put your own signature on it.

Following this blog will give you the steps to take as you plan, and many pointers along the way. Use your imagination and try different things to make it just the way you want it and you’ll end up with a project you’ll be proud of and a wonderful pond to boot!

For the first three years of it’s existence, my wife and I changed and redid areas around the pond many times trying for that certain final “LOOK”. Once you’re there, you’ll find you’re probably not, and that is one of the joys of the pond experience. It’s sort of like a work of art that is never quite finished.

If you’re a nature lover, and you most likely are, if you’re considering a pond, then this is where what I call the “pond bonus” comes in. Water plants in the pond itself, perennials and annual flowers around the perimeter, butterflies, hummingbirds, frogs, and spring peepers make the whole pond area a nature wonderland!

On a personal note, since this is my initial venture into writing, I would ask you to bear with me. I’ll try my best to keep instructions and suggestions practical and leave out a lot of side comments and quips that won’t add anything to your pond building experience. I’ll tell you the way I’ve done it, the things that have worked and those that haven’t and hopefully you will find, as I did, that overall it was more fun than work.

Finally, I hope you enjoy this here blog, and that when your project is finished, you’ll send me some pictures and comments about your experiences.

Thank You, and ENJOY! Bob Dorrance

A very small backyard pond.
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