A garden pond is a wonderful addition to any garden. They are aesthetically gorgeous and attract all manner of positive wildlife. The benefits then, are endless. Creating your own pond is not difficult. Here are a few steps to help you on your way.
Firstly, think about where it will go and what angles people will see it from. What type of pond it is going to be, the size of it, and also the various plants you want to have to accompanying it (this is important because different plants need different depths). In addition, avoid creating it in a shadeless area as this can have a number of adverse effects. Once you are satisfied with a place and a style, there are then five points to the process.
1) Marking out – Defining the diameter of the pond is important as it acts as a solid guideline for you to follow. After you are happy with this, mark it out using either sand, string or a length of hosepipe. Upon completion, uproot the turf in the designated area and remove it from the surrounding workspace.
2) Digging – Unearth the area you have selected with a spade, then mark out the depth of the initial shelf, again with sand or some string. Once you have done that, you can start to dig up all the turf until you have reached the desired depth. Be aware that each shelf must be level.
3) Be mindful of wildlife – Rid yourself of all the unearthed turf by removing it and transporting it to a different area of the garden. After that, slope one side of the pond, this will allow any wildlife that have fallen in, a chance to escape.
4) Lining the pond – It is essential to remove any sharp objects or stones that may be lingering in the pond’s foundations. Once done, settle a 1.2 inches thick layer of builders sand along the bottom. If you fancy additional protection, either pond underlay or an unused carpet can be laid down on top as support. Carefully cover the pond with a butyl liner so as not to rip it in any places and then surround the edges with bricks for stability.
5) Filling it up – All that is left to do now is to put water in the hole. Fill it up, but be careful to make sure the liner moulds itself to the contours of the pond. Once filled to the top, trim the excess off the butyl liner and then cover the evidence with either natural soil or concrete stones. Add whatever plants and oxygenators you desire to the water and wait a further six weeks if you wish to include marine life. This gives the plants time to establish themselves.
There is a wide range of pond fish food, which one you choose is ultimately determined by the types of fish you keep. Once your pond is settled, you should look at buying essential equipment like pond pumps and pond filters to help keep the water fresh, healthy and of adequate hygiene for those who inhabit it.