With the summer in full swing, now is the perfect time to take advantage of the good weather, get out into the garden and complete any gardening tasks you may have. One such task is pond building, and if you’ve been thinking about introducing a water feature into your garden, now is the perfect time to do it. If you’re unsure of how to go about creating your very own water garden paradise, don’t worry about it – we’ve created this short yet comprehensive guide to get you on the right tracks.
The first stage to building your pond – and probably the first step to any home project – is planning and budgeting. There are a wide number of factors that you need to consider before you start to dig your pond out, some obvious, some not so obvious. For example, you need to consider the position of the sun in your garden, as you don’t want the water to get too hot, as this could fill the pond with algae. Similarly, one area of your garden’s soil could be stonier than another, making it harder to dig out. Of course, your plans need to neatly tie into your financial constraints, so if you really want to dig into the stony part of your garden and want to hire a digger to do so, you’d better make sure you can afford the rental costs.
Digging and Lining
Once you’ve decided where your pond is going to be, you can begin digging it out. It’s easy enough to use a shovel to do the digging work, and the deepest part of your pond should try to be over 75cm, meaning that in the winter the fish that inhabit the environment will be able to hug the bottom of the pond, and remain at a comfortable temperature.
Once you’ve dug out the pond, line the sides with sand and then use a good strong pond liner like the ones available from here to ensure the pond space you’ve built is water tight; the sand will stop there being any holes in the liner when the water forces the liner against the earth.
Planting and Introducing Fish
Finally, with the hole lined, you can start to fill the pond in with water. Once the water is up to the required level, leave it over night to let the water settle, and then finally you can populate the pond with plants and fish to your specific tastes.
So there you have it – a comprehensive guide to building your pond while the summer’s good.