Before & After: Nan’s Striking Backyard Pond Makeover

Over the past few years, I’ve become rather attached to the idea of constructing a pond in my backyard, which, of course, means that I’ve spent hours looking at photos of ponds online. I’ve seen some pretty impressive digs during my internet pond-stalking ventures, but this one has to be in my top 5.

A pond in a backyard with rocks and a dog.
The ponds before and after: This garden pond has been neglected with the liner showing, the water murky, and the plants sparse. The makeover turns this sad and grimy area into a showpiece of backyard ponds.

Nan and her husband built this pond on their 2-acre plot about seven years ago, but over the years it had become a forgotten basin perimetered by not much more than dead grass and piled rocks.

There were a few perennials here and there, but basically, it had turned into not much more than a weeping area off to the side of the yard.

A backyard with a pond and trees.
The pond before and after: With lots more plants, a serious clean-up, and enlarging of the beds and the pond, this backyard has emerged with a stunning transformation of its former mess.

Nan’s husband was away for the summer, and she decided to surprise him with a backyard makeover. She put a lot of work into bringing her pond back to life, which is evident by the gorgeous after photo. She tidied the berm, which supports the waterfall in the background, and added a variety of new plants.  Nan mulched and edged like crazy around the new area and fixed the rocks that were originally piled around the border. I think she did a pretty impressive job, don’t you?

There are more photos of the project over on her blog if you’ve got a few spare minutes; definitely worth checking out.

Nice work, Nan! -erin

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Images by Nan | Bubbles of Joy.

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  1. Ben Bowen says:

    Great makeover! You would think the entire pond is new, wouldn’t you?

  2. Karen says:

    Looks amazing! Makes me want to pull up a chair and relax!! Thanks for sharing.

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