A garden pond can add a charming, natural-looking feature to any garden. And because it comes in a variety of styles and sizes, you have a lot of options when it comes to choosing one that will best suit your garden. And not only will it be a good addition to your home, but it will also be home to the plants and fish you choose to place in it. What kind of garden pond will suit you best, you ask? Because of the many options you have, choosing one will require some thought as they all have unique characteristics, and the list of garden ponds includes biological ponds, fish ponds, Koi ponds, mini ponds, mirror ponds, natural ponds, ornamental ponds, plant ponds, rock gardens, swimming ponds, terrace ponds and wildlife ponds.
A garden pond is fairly easy to make when you have the right tools. Follow the steps below to make your own or get the help of a professional if you're not sure how to start.
Step 1: Choose the site and dig the hole. After you've chosen the location of your pond, dig a hole. Use a garden hose as a guide to work out your approximate shape.
Step 2: Lay the liner in the hole. Lay your liner over the hole. Try not to drag the liner around too much, but with a little draping and patience, you can achieve a neat look with your liner. You may want to use some black vinyl duct tape to tape down some of the pleats to make the pleats less noticeable. Use bricks or stones to hold the liner down neatly all around the pond.
Step 3: Put in some water. Start filling the pond with water until it is half full (or 2 inches from the top of the liner). As it is filling, gently ease out the liner at areas where you need to allow more liner to reach the bottom or fix up any pleats.
Step 4: Secure the liner. If you're planning on having a pump or water feature, think about its placement and where the power cables and hoses will go. Because you don't want the cord to be visible when you're standing in front of the pond, run it to the bottom instead,.
Step 5: Position the rocks. Gently ease your rocks onto the sides and where possible, allow them to overlap the bricks completely. This step allows complete coverage of the pond liner and is the decorative part of the pond. It is handy to have a number of rocks to choose from so you can play with their positioning until you're happy with how it looks, the fill the pond up to the bottom of the bricks.
Step 6: Final touches. Waiting 24 hours gives the cement a chance to cure and your bricks and rocks a chance to settle into place. Top up the wetland with more sand as the rocks will hold that in place. Now, fill up the pond and add your plants. Wait at least two days before adding fish, or follow the recommendations from your local aquarium expert. For tons of image inspiration, visit homify before starting on your project.
Not all plants thrive in ponds, so you need to choose plants which do. Here are some of them.
Lily: Lilies bloom from October to December, are frost and heat tolerant and grow up to a meter in height and should be kept moist in summer.
Colocasia: Also known as
Midnight Magic, these near-black variety of the well-known taro or elephant ears work great as an accent plant at the edge of a water feature.Plant it in a container dropped into shallow water for the best results. Midnight magic grows up to a meter in height.
Spiloxene Aquatica: Commonly known as River Stars and recently released commercially, this bulb looks beautiful when grown in clusters alongside a pond. It grows naturally in seasonal pools in winter-rainfall areas.
Golden Spectre: This stunning plant has pleated leaves and tall flower spikes studded with rich yellow flowers. It will make a statement on the edge of your pond in winter-rainfall areas and is frost tolerant.
Yellow Waterlily: This wide, heart-shaped leaves plant is perfect for small ponds and water features. It has star-shaped flowers which appear in early summer. Anchor it in containers on the floor of the pond and plant up the new plantlets that arise from the base of older leaves.
Because garden ponds can accumulate a lot of algae, having fish in yours is a helpful and beneficial addition. But not all fish are good for garden ponds, and the best ones are algae eaters, fathead minnows, goldfish, golden trenches, Koi carps, rosette, shubunkins, sturgeons, golden orfes and sunfish. These are the best fish for your pond because they will help to eliminate algae in your pond by feeding on algae and debris caused by other fish in the pond.
Whether it's big or small, it's important to maintain your garden pond. In addition to the plants, the materials a garden pond is made with influences its maintenance. requirements, Here are some basic elements you need to keep in check.
Use a liner made of flexible synthetic rubber, PVC sheeting, rigid plastic or fiberglass. This liner contains the water and prevents leaks. A bed of sand will provide the resting spot for the liner, less common materials include clay or concrete.Edging materials, typically stones or concrete pavers prevents surface water from draining into the pond, which can cause contamination.