Many homeowners want to enjoy their backyards during the summer. However, it would be nice to have something to look at when you're back there, wouldn't it? To enhance the value and serenity of your property, you may want to consider adding a beautiful water feature in the backyard. This can be anything from a waterfall to a koi pond, and you can do it all by yourself!

Selecting Your Equipment

While you could opt to dig everything yourself, the truth of the matter is that you'll probably never get the project done. You'll wear yourself out to the point of no return and you won't want to continue down that path. So, to make the project go smoother, easier, safer and faster, consider renting some construction equipment. To build a backyard water feature, you will need a backhoe and a trench digger. The backhoe will be used to dig the pond, while the trench digger will be used to dig the area for electrical lines to be buried that will run to a foundation or waterfall.

Planning and Digging

Before renting your equipment, you need to plan the space. Make sure to locate any utility, water and phone lines that have been buried underground. You may need to contact the companies in order to locate these. Once the location of these lines have been established, you can rent your equipment. You will then use the backhoe to dig out the area you have selected for the water feature to go. If you're creating a waterfall, make sure to use the dirt that you dig up to build up the area for the actual waterfall.

Preparing the Area

Once the area has been dug, you will need to use landscaping fabric and a pond liner to cover the area. Watch for gaps, as these will cause leaks in the future and turn into a major headache. Make sure to install any pumps and hoses that are needed for the water feature to operate properly.

Completing the Project

Complete the backyard water feature with decorative boulders, gravel, ornamental grasses, colorful blossoms and other landscaping options. You can also fill up the fountain or pond. Make sure that there is enough water to ensure the proper functioning of your pump. Once this has all been done, you'll need to consult with a licensed electrician to install any electrical wires from your home to the water feature. You can save time and money by using the previously-mentioned trench digger to dig the trenches from the feature up to the house and run the PVC conduit pipe yourself. According to the National Electrical Code, this is Schedule 80 PVC conduit and the trenches need to be 18 inches deep.

With the proper construction equipment rental, you can easily complete a project like this yourself. Contact a construction equipment rental company in your area so that you can get started on your backyard water feature as soon as possible and start relaxing by your outdoor oasis. 

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