If you want to put a pond into your own backyard take some time to decide on the size and type that will suit your outdoor space.
Most importantly, think about whether you want something that is informal and teeming with wildlife or a more simple style with straight lines that adds a more formal element to your existing home garden design.
The aspect of the site of your garden pond is also very important along with the relation to large trees or shrubs. Until you have a good idea of what you want to achieve do not start digging or removing anything.
Anything is possible, flexible pond lining, which is now readily available, means that you can create any shape you want.
Fish will require a good depth of water and need to have a water environment that needs a bit more maintenance, so be aware of that responsibility before you start naming the fish Nemo.
A perfectly symmetrical reflective pool sounds like a dream for those seeking relaxation and harmony in their own back yard. However, water that does not move will turn green so if this is what you want, a pump will be required to re-circulate the water, keeping it looking fresh.
Pre-formed liners can work really well and save a lot of time, as they usually require a lot less digging. Flexible lining will require twice the quantity that you may imagine so be careful when taking your measurements, to avoid costly mistakes.
Simple shapes, be they angular or curved and rounded are much easier to work with so try not to get carried away. Intricacies can be added by other ways, notably the planting.