Begin by digging out the area where your pond will be located. The size of the tarp that you will need to purchase will depend greatly on the size of the hole that you dig. For instance, if you dig out a small pond area that is approximately 36 inches wide, 48 inches in length and 24 inches deep, a typical 10-by-10-foot tarp should be sufficient.
Smooth out the hole that will soon be your pond, using your hands and ensuring that there are no sharp rocks in the area that will poke a hole in your liner. Pull out any roots that may potentially tear the tarp as well.
Lay the tarp over the pond area and gently tuck the midsection of the tarp down into the hole to line it. Smooth out the tarp as much as possible, leaving a slight overhang at the top of the pond. If the tarp overhangs the top too much, use sharp scissors to cut away the excess.
Place stones around the edge of the pond. These stones will not only hold the tarp in place, but they will also camouflage it. Allowing some of the stones to overhang the inside of the pond will give it a more natural look.
Fill your new pond tarp with water and add your pump or other aerator system. You may even want to add a decorative waterfall when you are placing your rocks over the tarp.
Things You Will Need
- Heavy-duty black tarp
- Adding some foliage around the pond will also help to conceal the tarp, rendering it almost undetectable. Check the pond liner regularly to make sure there are no holes or leaks. If there are, the pond will need to be drained and the tarp replaced.