Do you regularly look at your garden and think that there is something missing. Our gardens our such a precious part of our homes so it’s essential that we are making the most of our outdoor spaces. However it is not always easy to know exactly what our gardens need and what would work best with the space that we have available.
One main feature in our gardens, that many of us are lacking, is water. Adding a water feature to any garden will instantly transform the space and make it even more relaxing and tranquil. So today we want to lead you through the simple steps of how to create your very own garden pond.
Choose the Perfect Spot
Before you start with any sort of construction you are going to need to consider the best spot in your garden for a pond. Ponds can be built in just about any type of garden so gardeners usually have a variety of spots to chose from. When choosing your ideal pond location you will want to consider the maintenance factor. Choosing a spot that gets a lot of hours of sunshine will mean that you will open up a lot of options for plants that are easy to care for. Finding plants that thrive in shady areas are also available but options are more limited. Depending on where you live think carefully about the areas that get a good balance of sun and shade, if you live in very hot area, all day sunlight may be too much.
Consider the Surrounding Trees
If you are building your pond in an area that is surrounded by a lot of trees you are going to be making hard work for yourself when it comes to the upkeep of this water features. The further away your pond is to your trees the less time you will spend picking out all the dead leaves with a net. Obviously there are some times of the year when this is more of a problem than others, and there are some trees that shed more leaves than others, so this is an important consideration when choosing where your pond should go in your garden.
Space Around the Pond
You will then want to think about the essential factors of having a pond and maintaining the area. Therefore simple factors like positioning your pond in an area that gives space all around the pond is important to give yourself access to the pond from all angles. Therefore you will want to leave a space of at least two foot wide, all around the circumference of the pond.
Some plants thrive in the summer months but struggle in the harsher, winter area. Therefore you are going to need to look at the pond plants that you can adapt in the colder seasons. One way to do this is to create a deep area in your pond and then keep your aquatic plants in root sacks where you can simply relocate them to the deep water in the autumn and winter months.
All plants are attracted to water so you are going to need to make sure that surrounding plants are not tempted to spread out and over into the water along the edge of the pond. The best way to do this is to run the pond liner around 12-15 inches beyond the ponds edges and then cover this area with gravel. This rubber liner will block other plant roots from invading this area
Make it Easy To Empty
One of the trickiest part of keeping a pond looking nice is emptying it from time to time. Therefore you are going to need to make the emptying process as easy as possible. The best way to do this is to pump out the water and the easiest way to pump out the water is to design your pond on a sloped ground. A sloped floor will allow you to place the pump in just one area, the deepest end, in order to get rid of all the water.
Essential Pond Machinery
There are a wide range of products that you will need to buy in order to keep your pond really healthy. Skimmers, fillers, and if you plan to add fish, a fish pond aerator, are all essential items in order to maintain your pond. If you are wanting to add a waterfall feature then you will also want to add a waterfall tank that will also help collect and clear up the debris. These pieces of equipment should be located in the easiest part that you have access too. It is worth noting also that the debris that you take out of a skimmer doubles up as great fertiliser for plants.
Adding steps around your pond means that you will provide easy access to it whenever you need to clean it, preen the surrounding plants or whenever you just want to enjoy relaxing alongside it. Cutting steps into the soil around your pond will also create a shelf-like area for your plants which will provide different depths of water for different plants.
We mentioned previously that putting your pond next to trees is not a good idea due to the mess that shedding leaves can create. But you also need to consider trees when it comes to the roots and how they could potentially affect the structure of your pond. Therefore you will need to consider the distance between trees and the area that you want to put your water feature. Growing roots can poke holes in and puncture the lining of a pond. On the other hand, digging a pond in the wrong area can also kill and destroy roots which can even destroy the tree itself. So you will definitely need to look into the root span of your trees when considering any constructions in your garden, where you will need to dig into the ground.