Garden pond. (Gene Hamilton / May 12, 2014)

The running water and floating flowers in a pond create a welcome environment to escape from the hectic noise and commotion of daily living. It's a soothing atmosphere in a garden that's hard to beat. You can create a garden pond as the focal point of a landscape plan, or tuck it away as a quiet retreat. When you're considering adding one, choose a sunny location so it gets five to six hours of sunlight a day.

Installing a pond involves siting it by laying down an outline for the edges of the pond, excavating the area, laying down padding and underlayment, installing the liner, building a rock border, and then installing a filtration system. It's an ambitious project for a do-it-yourselfer, but well worth the effort.

A landscaper will charge $2,040 to install a shallow 6-foot by 8-foot pond, which includes the labor and material You can do it yourself for $560, the cost of a kit and the landscaping materials for a pond that size. The kit comes with all the components, including a 10-foot by 15-foot liner, pump, filter, 25 feet of 1-inch tubing and fittings.

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Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved

$2,040 -- $560 -- 23.0 -- 37.5 -- $1,480 -- 73 Percent