You may already have a lovely pond on your property, and while it’s beautiful to look at, you might also feel that you could spend more time there if only there were a beach surrounding it. A beach makes water activities such as swimming, fishing, and sunbathing much more convenient.
Many beaches around the world aren’t only a result of natural forces and weather breaking rocks into sand, but some are partially man-made beaches. So, why not consider creating a perfect beach at your pond so that you’ll have access to a great beach experience whenever you want?
Here is our list of the most important things to consider when building a beach addition to your pond.
Local Construction Regulations
The first step in beach building in the United States is to check in with the local zoning board or Department of Natural Resources to see if you can legally build a beach on your property. And be sure to get a building permit to proceed in areas where there are endangered plants or animals as the fines can be pretty stiff if they are destroyed, even accidentally.
Weed Control Barriers
Don’t start dumping loads of sand in your eagerness to get the beach completed. You’ll need to do some type of weed control so that you won’t have pesky weeds growing through the sand to ruin the effect you were looking for. Depending on the size of your prospective beach, you can lay down plastic liner or sand mats before adding sand to keep the sand in place and prevent any plant growth on the beach. There are also special herbicides you can apply so that weeds and other plants don’t spring up and ruin your beach.
Creating a Sand Barrier
Unless you create some type of barrier at the place where your sand meets the bottom of the freshwater pond, your sand will wash away. Things like a cross tie, landscape timber barrier, or concrete curb can all work to keep sand in place. It’s also a good idea to mark the barrier with small flags or buoys to prevent injuries. We also recommend stones or geotextile bags to keep sand in place.
The Best Sand Options
How much sand will you need? As a rule, for most pond beaches you should plan to cover the beach in a minimum of 6 inches of sand, but do not exceed more than 18 inches. Measure the area for your beach and then calculate the sand depth and the area to cubic feet or cubic yards.
What type of sand should you buy? The best kind of sand to buy is called beach sand or mortar sand. Both have perfect textures for beaches and are easy to purchase. The expert staff at Reflections Water Gardens are available to help with sand calculations, advice, and purchases.
Cleaning the Beach
Keep the beach tidy. In spite of preventative measures, there will always be some plants that will push through the sand. You can use a sand rake like those used at golf courses to keep your new beach clear of debris and unwanted plant life. Using a rototiller on the sand a few times a year will help keep it inviting and weed-free. Creating a beach for your pond is a great idea to extend the use of this outdoor water feature, and it’s easier than you may think to accomplish.
Our expert team can assist you with any questions you may have about beach installation for your natural water feature or pool. From permits to sand measurements, let the experience of Reflections Water Gardens complete the backyard you always dreamed of.