Image Source If you want to introduce new kinds of animal and plant life to your garden, there’s only one way to go; add a pond! There’s nothing more relaxing on a summer day than
If you want to introduce new kinds of animal and plant life to your garden, there’s only one way to go; add a pond! There’s nothing more relaxing on a summer day than sitting by your pond watching the fish and the frogs with a glass of wine in your hand.
Don’t pay someone to come in and do it for you though! It’s very expensive and takes half the fun out of the job. As long as your back’s up to the job, do it yourself. It’s not nearly as much work as you might imagine.
To start with you need to get your plan straight – this is the key to a hassle free job. Decide where you want the pond placed. Leave room for grass and plants around the edge and don’t put it anywhere to noisy or busy. But the most important factor of all is sunlight. You’ll attract all manner of insects and animals if your pond is situated in a nice, sunny spot.
Mark on the ground where the pond will be. Make it as big as possible because the sides will have to slope down to the centre. If you’re planning on keeping fish in it, you’ll need to give them adequate space.
Get Your Shovel Out
This is where the hard work begins. If your shovel is old and rusty, get a new one. Digging a hole big enough for a pond is hard work so don’t make the job even harder by using a shovel you bought in 1987.
Dig it as deep as you can with a slope on at least one side. Remember the water levels will rise and fall so try to make it as neat and compacted as possible so it doesn’t look messy.
Lay the Base and Fill it Up
Your construction equipment needs to be up to scratch for this part. Firstly put the underlay in, you might want to pat down and compact the soil underneath beforehand. Once this is done, it’s time to put the black liner over the top. The liner can be made from many different materials, but I’d recommend PVC.
Then fill it up with water and cut away any excess liner. Ideally, you don’t want any liner to be visible above water level.
Wildlife and Plants
If you want to splash out, you can buy some big carp or similar fish. You could just add some cheaper goldfish though. By the summer time hopefully there’ll frogs visiting the pond regularly and then you’ll start to see tadpoles.
The best plants for your pond include the classic water lily and if you’re more adventurous, Callitriche Verna. These plants will help oxygenate your pond.
Left alone your pond will become more and more wild. This is both good and bad. You want it to look a little wild, this allows the plants and animals to thrive best. But if you let it get too wild it’ll just leave your control entirely. To avoid this, cut back and remove plants when they start to overwhelm the pond. You’ll also need to regularly top-up the water.