The soothing sound of running water is an addition to any garden, and with this easy tutorial you can create your own DIY tire pond for under £100. Not only is this DIY a great money saver, it also doesn’t require a huge number of materials or tools. On the next sunny day, take the opportunity to get outside and build yourself a beautiful water feature.
Select the size of pond you want and choose an appropriate type of tyre. For small ponds a car tire is sufficient, or you can use a tractor tire if you want a larger water feature. Once you’ve chosen your tire and location, it’s time to start digging your hole. Dig deep enough to sink the tire almost entirely into the ground. Before sinking your tire, cut away the lip of the tire with your saw. This will open up the tire fully and give you a lovely round shape for your pond. Once the tire is cut, clean out small stones and debris from the inside to prevent your liner being pierced. It’s best to leave a small lip of tire above ground to make it easier to fold the liner around the edge.
Use your sand to level out the bottom of your hole, this will ensure that your water is level once you fill it up. Next, sink your tire into the hole and use more sand to ensure the centre is also level. Find the centre of your liner and place it into the centre of the tire. Use a heavy object, like a stone, to weigh it down.
Next, fill your pond with water! The water will pull the liner into the tire as it fills up, so once it’s full you can easily tuck the excess in around the edges. Use the soil from your hole to fill in around your tire and secure your liner.
This is the moment to get creative! Arrange your stones into a rim around the tire however you like. The stones will help to hide the tire and ensure that the liner stays in place. Try to make sure that your stones shade all of the exposed liner as this will protect it from the light and increase its longevity. Finally, place your plants and your solar fountain and sit back to appreciate your DIY tire pond!
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