Sunday, 19th November 2017
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Creating a Pond

Creating a Pond

For thousands of years, ponds have been one of the signature features of the most elegant gardens in the world. Why not create your own? - By the Home & Garden Team.

While a pond is one of the defining elements of a garden that has been created with every attention given, there are some significant engineering concerns involved where the installation and maintenance of a garden pond is concerned. The work is a bit heavy but the result can be really beautiful and it will give you enormous pleasure. The following are some of the facts that you have to bear in mind.

A pond must be a balance between plants, animals and bacteria as they all are dependent on each other. The main characteristic of a healthy pond is clear water with lots of healthy water plants, plus a few million bacteria, which of course you cannot see. It is these micro-organisms that turn the organic material like dead leaves and plant debris into nutrients for your plants.

Plan bigger rather than small because enlarging a pond later is more expensive than making it larger at the outset; for a good biological balance in your pond, you must reckon on five to six square meters as a minimum.

Don’t build your pond too far from the house, as you might regret it if it cannot be seen from indoors, anyway it makes it a lot easier and convenient with the electrical and water supply needed for the pond.

When designing a shape for the pond, avoid sharp corners, this is bad for the water circulation and fish and plants will die. Ggo for rounded shapes, or something in the shape of a kidney. Don’t just think of the pond, take into account the garden as a whole, plan it on paper for every member of the family to see and express his or her views.

 


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When you start designing, think and consider the following points:

  • If your pond gets more that 7 hours of sunshine everyday, arrange enough lava stones in the water to allow the growth of bacteria’s and organisms that are needed for the biological balance of the pond.
  • The best place for a natural pond is the deepest point in your garden.
  • Don’t built your pond under high trees, because of the rubbish they create, moreover willow and oak trees can poison fish with their leaves.
  • What will you do with all the sand that you are going to get in your garden? Maybe you want to use it to build a waterfall?
  • Outline the shape of the pond on site with short sticks or define it with a hosepipe. This will give you a good idea of its shape and location before you start digging and indeed it also helps to guide where to dig the hole.
  • It is very important to give the pond a good depth. If you want to have goldfish some parts of the pond must have a depth of 80 cm minimum. Koi carp need a depth of about two meters, because they need to hide from hungry birds.
  • When considering water plants, you might like to think in terms of building terraces in the pond. You need to decide the type and size of plants.

Having dug your hole in the ground, then it is just a question of building the pond staring with the laying of the special waterproof pond sheet. The sheet must be seamless and there must be no stones protruding under the sheet. The last thing you need is trouble with a leaking pond.

We wish you all the fun and good luck with your pond. Do remember that The Home and Ggarden Ggroup is of course always willing to help you. Ggive us a call!



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