how to create your perfect pond

How to create your perfect pond

Darius Negahbani Darius Negahbani Wednesday 12th April, 2017

A pond is an exciting addition to your garden. Full of creatures and plants, it pulsates with life and energy. Building a pond is an excellent way to invite all sorts of interesting wildlife to your outdoor space, but it’s also about creating a focal point, an extra dimension of intrigue along with the land-based plants, flowers and trees you’ve so carefully chosen over the years. This year, why not make creating a pond your new garden project? Here are our five steps to doing exactly that.

  1. Location, location, location

Your first consideration when setting out to build a pond is where to locate it in your garden. Choose a spot that gets plenty of sun, away from the shade of trees, walls or fences. That way, it will become a hive of activity for passing wildlife. If you think you may like to include lights or a water filter in your pond, you’ll need to situate it close to a power supply too.


  1. The design

Your next step is to choose the type of pond most suitable to your garden. The two basic types are pre-formed or flexible. Simply put, a pre-formed pond is created using a shell with a size and shape that’s decided for you. A flexible pond liner, meanwhile, lets you decide the specific size and shape of the pond yourself. Some people think a flexible liner provides a more natural feel. On the other hand, a pre-formed shell liner will let you more easily predict the overall look once the pond is dug and filled.


  1. The build

When you come around to actually digging your pond, there are a few points to remember, particularly if you’ve chosen the flexible route. In order to give your pond the best chance of attracting little water-dwelling creatures, make sure at last one edge is gently sloped for their ease of access. Another tip is to ensure that the centre of your pond is a minimum 60cm deep to protect hibernating animals by preventing the pond from ever freezing over completely. Fill your pond not with tap water, but with rain.


  1. Introducing plants

When you’re choosing which plants to introduce, it’s a good idea to talk to your local pond-owning friends and neighbours about which plants thrive in their ponds. Above all, the plants you choose should oxygenate your pond, floating on its surface and making it a healthy, vibrant home for animals. Bulrushes, water lilies, irises and creeping jenny are just a few of the most popular choices.


  1. Populating your pond

It’s best not to populate your pond with tiny animals yourself. Instead, once your pond is in place, filled with water and boasts a good selection of plants, simply leave it to attract its own inhabitants. You’ll soon spot the first dragonflies arriving, along with a diverse range of insect friends. These will attract amphibians and birds and, soon, the environment will host an entire ecosystem.

A pond is wonderful addition for any garden big enough to house one and this is a great time of year to start planning yours. With a little research, some elbow grease and tender care, you’ll soon be enjoying the pleasure of a pond.

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