Can You Fill in a Pond?

The benefits of having a pond on your property are bountiful however, you may have come to the conclusion that you no longer want your pond. Whether you’re removing your pond for safety concerns or simply because it requires too much upkeep maintenance, there are a variety of ways in which you can fill your pond to close it for good.

Digging a pond can require expert advice and numerous materials but filling it is the exact opposite. If you want to fill your pond, you will simply have to remove the water and liner and fill the pond with gravel or dirt. After you’ve filled the pond, it’s up to you to determine how you want to landscape the area to complement the rest of your property.

Is it hard to fill a pond?

Depending on the way in which you wish to fill your pond, it may not be complicated at all. Depending on your desired outcome, you may be able to complete the job yourself. If your pond requires maintenance prior to the removal, or if you aren’t sure about the environmental impacts that filling your pond may have on your local ecosystem, you may want to consider consulting with a professional.

Working with an experienced team of professionals to fill in your pond will ensure the job is done correctly. You won’t have to worry about sourcing materials, or the labour associated with the job. Additionally, you will be able to rest easy knowing the job has been completed correctly.

What can I use to fill my pond?

  1. Rocks/soil

    Filling a pond with soil and rocks is arguably your easiest option. Filling in a hole with rocks first will result in less soil being needed which will ultimately be much less costly than if you chose to fill the hole with only soil.

    When opting for this solution, you may have to take ground setting into consideration. This may occur after a long period of time due to inclement weather and prolonged foot traffic. If you make sure your rocks and soil are both very compact, you may be able to avoid this issue.

  2. Clay-based Soil

    Clay-based soils are often used when one wishes to match the soil that is already present on their property. Whenever clay is exposed to heat or water it expands and contracts more rapidly than regular soil, which is why if your yard has a high clay concentration, it’s recommended that you continue with this same composition to fill in your pond.

  3. A garden or flower bed

    If you’re filling an old pond, it could be the perfect time to build a flowerbed or plant a garden! If you’re still looking to add a pop or creativity to your property but aren’t interested in keeping your pond, this is the perfect solution! Simply fill in the hole with gardening soil and gravel for drainage. After your bed has settled, you can get to work on choosing plants and flowers that help you bring your creative vision to life.

  4. A sandbox

    Do you have small children or grandchildren that would appreciate a sandbox? If you’re removing your pond and have been looking for a fun replacement, a sandbox may be the answer! The transition from pond to sandbox will be much easier if a hole has already been dug. In order to create a sandbox, you will need to clean the area of pond water and any related elements. Before you re-dig the hole, you should ensure the ground is completely dry.

  5. Trees

    There are a variety of trees and shrubs local to our climate that don’t require frequent maintenance. If you’re eager to fill in your pond, it may be as simple as planning a few trees or shrubs. After an extended period of time, the roots will begin to fill in the hole where the pond once was, and your new vegetation will add an added layer of appeal to your property.

Are you ready to fill in your pond?

If you’ve weighed the pros and cons and feel confident in your decision to fill your pond, it’s time to choose your preferred method. In order to fill your pond, you must first drain it and remove any wildlife, vegetation, or surrounding landscaping components. When taking on a project of this magnitude, it’s best to consult a team of professionals that can help you get the job done right.