23.11.2016 - Keep Calm and Enjoy your Pond
A Pond can transform the atmosphere of a Garden, adding colour, light, sound and movement. A soothing space that will attract a multitude of wildlife, brightening the dullest of days.
8 Easy Steps How to…….
1. Location – Select an open sunny site that isn’t exposed to prevailing wind, deep in shade or near overhanging deciduous trees. The ground must be free of obstacles, drainpipes or cables. Allow space for a plantation to provide a natural transition in to the garden.
2. Size – The larger it is, the easier to maintain. For a traditional feature, filled with aquatic plants and fish, a pond with a 7ft x 8ft surface, 2ft deep and 6-inch shelves along the perimeter is advisable.
3. Liners – ‘Flexible’ or ‘Rigid’ Liners are available. For a bespoke pond design, a ‘Flexible’ liner is suggested. Various materials can be used, Polythene or PVS are cheapest, but only lasts a few years, or for longer term, Rubber is best.
4. Excavation – Mark the pond boundary, and dig to a depth of 8-inches, with the sides sloping towards the centre. Complete a second level dig to a 26-inch depth for the deep water areas, again sloping the sides.
5. Installation – Ensure the top edge and shelves are level. Remove any debris protruding into the hole before lining all surfaces with a 2-inch layer of damp Sand. Lay the pond Liner over the prepared hole, weigh down the edges with stone and slowly fill the pond with water until within 2-inches of the rim. Gently tug the Liner edges to remove any creases.
6. Edging – Leave to settle for 24 hours, then trim the Liner leaving around 6-inches overlap around the pond. The edging is your opportunity to create an attractive and practical border, that will hold the liner in place. Loose Decorative Stone can run in to the water, or for a more formal finish you can brick or pave the surrounding.
7. Pond Life – Adding pond plants to the shelves and floating on the water’s surface will cut down the amount of sunlight penetrating the water, whilst oxygenating and providing shelter for wildlife, as well as preventing algae turning the water a murky colour.
8. Fish – If you intend to add Fish to the pond, wait one month, and allow 10-inches of Fish for every square metre of surface water area.
Materials Required – Skip / Liner / Sand / Decorative Stone, Bricks or Paving Slabs
Micks Handy Tips – Why not supplement your beautiful new pond with a slabbed surrounding to add those all important extra touches.