Backyard Pond with Natural Swimming Pool and Beach

You may have a lovely pond on your property, and while it’s beautiful to look at, you feel that you could spend more time there if there were a beach surrounding it. A beach makes water activities such as swimming, fishing, and just sunning yourself 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 man-made to some degree. So, why not create a perfect beach at your pond so that you’ll have access to a great beach experience whenever you want.


Check local regulations. The first step in beach building 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 an OK to proceed in areas where there are endangered plants or animals because the fines can be pretty stiff if they are destroyed, even accidentally.


Create 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 mar 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.


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How much sand will you need? As a rule, for most pond beaches you should plan to cover it 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. The experts at Reflections Water Gardens can assist with calculations and sand purchases.


Create a sand barrier. Unless you create some type of barrier at the place where your sand meets the bottom of the 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.


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 get. The staff at Reflections Water Gardens are available to help with sand purchases.


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. 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, especially when you enlist the experts at Reflections Water Gardens.




Larry Carnes

Owner of Reflections Water Gardens

(815) 769-5387