With a new year comes ideas of wanting to build a new pond or water feature. In January the idea comes up and people may start researching the idea. Research is good. Get an idea of your plan and what materials you need. Keep in mind that when searching prices in January that they may change by the time you get ready to build. Most suppliers put out their catalogs the first of the year. Upon receiving catalogs, many times a retailer may have to increase their prices due to an increase in cost of products.
There is a lot of helpful information on the internet regarding pond building. Also remember their are many opinions out there. There is not 1 way that is correct but there will be a way that is best for each person. Ponds can range from very small to very very large. If you are planning your first pond the best thing to do is buy a pond kit. A Pond kit typically has everything you need to build your pond except a few things like rocks, fish and the labor of course! Pond kits usually have the liner, underlay, skimmer, filterfall, tubing, fittings, handifoam and bacteria. Kits range from economy to high end. They really are the way to go for a first time pond builder. There are many size kits available to fit what size pond you may be looking for. If you are not sure what you want or need, find a supplier out there who will take the time to talk with you and answer your questions.
Don't wait till the week before you want to start the project to order. Likely everyone else is wanting to build their pond in the spring just like you. Order your products several weeks before you think you need them. There is always a rush in the spring for pond products. While most suppliers try to keep a good stock, it is impossible to have everything all the time. Beat the rush and order early. You will more likely catch items in stock and receive them quicker.