Do you have old tyres lying around your garage or garden? Put one to good use by using it to create a beautiful pond or water feature. Not only will you attract birds and wildlife but you’ll also create a space for you to kick back and relax in a tranquil environment.

What You Will Need To Make A Tyre Pond

  • An Old Tyre
  • Tarpaulin or Plastic Sheeting (A Bit Bigger than the Tyre)
  • Rocks, Pebbles
  • Shovel or Spade for Digging

How To Make A Pond Out Of A Tyre

tyre pond

First you’ll need to find an old tyre. We all know that tyres come in a range of sizes so pick one that suits your needs, smaller ones suit water features and fountains while larger ones make good ponds for pebbles and fish. If you have a tyre lying around your yard or garage then your decision on tyre size is already made for you!

Next comes some manual labour so grab a water bottle and shovel. You need to dig out a hole for the tyre to lie in. Make sure that the hole is large enough for the outside diameter of the tyre, deep enough for the width of the tyre and finally make sure that the bottom of the hole is level so that you don’t have a sagging pocket in your pond.

Place the tyre flat into the hole as the pond frame. Now lay the plastic sheeting over the tyre and press it into the hollow. Make sure that the edges of the plastic sheeting are all on the top surface of the tyre so that you don’t have any problems with leaks.

tyre pond example 2

Lastly add your decorative rocks and pebbles. It is best to use smooth pebbles inside the tyre to hold the sheeting down so that the sharp edges do not puncture the plastic. If you are going to be adding fish then you will need some sort of pump or filter to keep the water moving around and aerated. Also remember to pre-treat the water to remove any chlorine or toxins before adding fish.

If you are turning the tyre into a water feature with a fountain, anchor the submersible pump with some smooth pebbles to create a solid foundation for the water spout.

tyre pond example

This article is adapted from: Homesthetics