Tips and Lessons From Our Field Editors: Jim Boyle, Houston, TX
The soil in my area is thick “gumbo” that sticks to
the shovel like peanut butter. So when I dug my
pond hole, I took a tip from some local excavators:
I continuously dipped the shovel in a bucket of
water and the sticky soil slipped right off.
Lesson learned the hard way:
I have a 10-year-old pond liner that's in good shape—except for one
area that's cracking beyond repair. My mistake was leaving that section
of the liner exposed to
direct sunlight. Some liner
up to the sun better than others,
but none are completely
immune to UV light damage.
The underwater part of the
liner doesn't have to be shaded,
but protect the rest with
stones, gravel or plants.