What is a garden pond and how do you make one?
in a self-contained water feature that isn’t too deep, but can
comfortably house plants and wildlife, to create a beautiful and
organic focal point in your garden.
Both DIY amateurs and enthusiasts frequently undertake pond projects
and enjoy spectacular results.
building your own garden pond, the following steps provide a logical
guide as to how you should go about it:
what style of pond you really want, by looking at inspirational
pictures, such as those in the homify directory. The wider aesthetic
that your landscape architect has created for you should be taken into account, for a cohesive end
about whether your garden pond will need to serve a function, such
as housing wildlife, or if it will be simply decorative. This
decision will directly impact everything else, such as if you need
rocks in and around the water, what plants will be best and if you
need a safe electricity supply included, for pumps or lighting.
all your decisions made, the building process is pretty simple. Dig
your pond hole, lay a liner and get to decorating the area. Garden
water features don’t need to be as complicated as you might think.
do I choose the right location for a pond?
a general rule, you should find a spot in your
back or front garden that gets a mix of sun and shade. This is even more important if you
are planning to create a fishpond, as your scaly friends will need to
be able to escape the hot glare of the sun. Try to steer clear of
trees though, as their leaves will clog your filters and digging the
hole for your pond could disrupt their roots.
you have settled on a great location that you think will really work
for your new backyard pond, you should play it safe and ask your
water and electric suppliers to come and check that there are no
underground pipes or cables in the way. If you hit one of these by
accident, it could be a costly mistake to fix and your home’s
utilities will be interrupted as well.
the case of large or heritage homes, you might like to contact your
local council, to find out if there are any planning or building
restrictions in place in your land.
your climate. Here in the UK, we have a cooler weather system, which
means that a shallow pond shouldn’t evaporate, but always think
about having enough depth to your water feature to ensure that it can
visualise how your pond will look in your chosen spot, use rope to
mimic the shape you want to create and the size. Stand back and make
sure that it will work, proportionally, with the rest of your garden.
are the best plants for a garden pond?
are not simply decorative elements, they actually contribute to a
healthy eco system as well, but only if you choose the right
varieties for your pond, wildlife and climate. While exotic plants
can seem like a great idea, they might not thrive in a tricky
good tip is to speak to a water plants expert at your local garden
centre. Tell them what conditions your pond will be exposed to, as
well as if you are hoping to have wildlife and fish. From this
information, you will be able to choose a few pretty plants that will
complement and support your pond’s eco system.
do I know which fish will be right for my pond?
are a number of factors to take into account when thinking about
adding fish to a new pond.
you need to decide on a variety of fish that will be suitable. While
a koi pond is a highly covetable garden addition, koi carp can grow
very large, which means that they won’t be suited to a modest pond.
about your climate! Standard goldfish do not thrive in very cold
conditions, so you will need to think about maintaining an ambient
temperature if you decide that this is the fish for you.
terms of how many fish you buy, the size of your pond should always
guide you here. Do not be tempted to have more fish than you,
technically, should, as they need plenty of space and will more than
likely, multiply anyway.
do I maintain a garden pond?
pond maintenance is, essentially, a checklist of common sense tasks,
but the most important things to stay on top of include:
your filter regularly.
sure the water level remains steady.
fallen leaves and other garden debris.
delicate plants in winter and return them to the water in spring.
and replant water plants such as lilies.
for holes in your liner and patch, if necessary.