I basically skip around my office [in a very masculine way] when a reader connects with something we talk about here at Eco-Snobbery Sucks.
We had a guest post that talked about how to build your own frog pond (and why you would want to do so) on Saturday, and one of our awesome readers decided to tackle the project the next day and post pics of the process on our Facebook fan page.
I sent this reader a message to get a bit more info on the project and found out she was able to transform a barren and not-so-easy-on-the-eyes corner of her back yard into this tranquil froggy haven in about 5 hours and for less than $150.
How sweet is that?
Check out this reader’s pond building story
“For just the liner and all the stones (we had to make a few trips to Lowes) it cost around $65. The plants added to the cost, especially the aquatic ones, but help keep algae growth down and prevent the pond from becoming a cesspool.
The grand total for plants, decor, pine needles and pond came to just around $150. We already had the weed barrier and boards so if someone didn’t have those it might be a little more.
Living in a subdivision and with a yard that didn’t have anything in it except a giant oak tree, we have been starting from scratch. We love nature and the environment and thought that to have frogs in our suburban yard would be an excellent compliment to our nearby hummingbird/butterfly garden.
Plus, frogs are wonderful at natural pest control! The hardest part of digging the pond was making sure that the pond itself was level, we had to shimmy some stones under the front portion of the liner just a bit to prevent it from spilling over. Besides that hold up the entire project only took us a few hours (4 or 5).
We are absolutely thrilled with how it turned out!”
Why not build your own frog pond?
As an editor’s note to this reader’s tips and experience, I would also suggest scavenging your own natural stone to use for the edging of the pond. I actually built a 3-foot wide by 4-foot tall fountain out of nothing but rock I salvaged from various construction sites around me. Those edging stones or retaining wall blocks can get expensive, and using stone you can find for free will drastically cut down on your project’s cost.
Check out the rest of the pics from this reader’s frog pond construction progress to see and read more details about the process. Click the thumbnails below: Gallery not found. Please check your settings.