DIY Tractor Tire Garden Pond

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I had a reader share the above photo with me on facebook and it really got my wheels turning! I have always wanted to build my own garden pond. You can get quite creative with the design. Use a tire like the above photo. You can just dig a hole and line it. You could use all sorts of containers – plastic food grade containers, metal watering troughs etc.

I think a giant barrel would look nice and do some sort of fountain/pond combination. On the really extreme side, it would be amazing to build a small pond that i could actually take a soak in… perhaps from cinder blocks and then buried to the brim so that half is above ground and half is below ground which would save a lot of digging.

I found a great tutorial for using tires over at Instructables.

Here’s the link…

Instructables: Fish Pond From Tires

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  1. Wonderful Idea! I have wanted a water feature for so long and I think this one actually sparked my husbands interest. lol I do have a few questions though, in picture number one, how did you cut away the sidewall of the tire and what tool(s)was used.

  2. You can use a Saw Zaw or a Jigsaw with a steel blade. It works great but when the blades get hot it is harder to cut so you have to let it cool down. When you start Drill a hold big enough for your blade you don’t want to try to cut through the bead its the hardest part. When cutting use a lot of pressure and try to cut it fast.

  3. For cutting the sidewall of the tire, a very sharp utility knife will work as I have done it in the past. After getting the cut started, grab and lift as you continue to cut the sidewall. To get the cut started I used a sharpe knife and made repeated cuts in one location till I got through the side wall. A circular hole saw will work. If you are going to use a sawzall, you will need to use a stream of water for lubricante as well as for cooling. Real messy.

  4. Ideas are coming together. I have an Artesian Well on our one acre farm. Looking for ideas on how make the pond. Presently it is causes a mud based stream 100 feet to a creek. I want the rock parameter and gravel base. Gotta figure it out.

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