Garden ponds are basically water bodies built in a garden or designed landscape as in a backyard perhaps, normally for the aesthetics, to provide a place for the animals to survive, or maybe even for swimming! If you ever want to add that ‘x’ factor to your place, then the most universal solution is add water.
There are various ways to do so. Check out our blog on having a beautiful Koi pond to have another alternative in your pocket.
There is something in particular about moving water that calms the spirit. Observing light play off the waves or tuning in to the sprinkle of a waterfall—these are all such peaceful hobbies.
It’s nothing unexpected, at that point, that one of the most mainstream arranging ventures is introducing a pond. Thankfully, you needn’t bother to have heavy pockets or bunches of land to make the most of your own waterbody.
We shall go through its various uses and maintenance and of course, the initial and the most important step of them all, its building.
How to get started
Building a pond seems to be a pretty tall task. But do NOT stick to this mass idea. There are two ways where you can build your own pond –
Store bought Pond kits
Using all of your own tools
Store bought kits
Using store bought pond kits is as easy as it can get. They have all the necessary tools, the required guidelines and we are in no dearth of Social media
to check out a youtube tutorial to set it up too. This comes handy when you do not have much manpower or people in your house simply don’t vibe with your idea. Trust me, they will change their mind once it’s all set up.
Below is one of the garden pond kits that is available off amazon. You can either check this one out or browse a little more to get the one suited perfectly for your garden needs and size of your pocket.
Your own tools
It’s perfectly fine to use your own tools too. We get it. Not everyone has the ability to pay for those but of course everyone is entitled to enjoying their own pond.
Let’s talk building
Here is what you will require –
- A big patch of garden
- A plank of wood
- Pond liner
- A variety of pond plants
- Some large rocks
- A spirit level
- Builder’s sand
- A good spade or mini-digger depending on the size of your pond
- Water (use rainwater for best results)
To begin with, mark out your pond on the ground with a rope or hosepipe, and afterward get digging & burrowing! See that the sides are level as you dig by putting a board over the pond’s gap with a spirit level on top.
Expel any sharp stones from the base of the opening. Put down a 5 cm-thick layer of sand to line the gap. Sand is best however you can likewise attempt to use old floor covering, papers or even insulation material .
Dig a channel around the edge of the pond for the overhanging pond liner to drop into. Spot the liner cautiously in the red and fold the edge into the channel;
Fill the base of the pond with the rest of the sand.
Top the pond off with water, this may take longer than you might think. On the off chance you can use collected rainwater to fill your pond, or fill from the tap with a hose.
Plants can be acquainted with your pond roughly fourteen days after the first filling of water into the pond is done.
Time for plants!
Below listed are categories under which you can choose your plants for your backyard pond. It’s best if you have a combination of these in your pond as having just one kind of them will lead to the downfall of your pond and also your poor hands as maintenance of the pond will double up.
Surface flowering aquatics
Moisture loving plants
A kempt pond is the one that will be the point of attention in any garden. The key is to keep the water clear and make sure that plants don’t dominate the place. A pond with a built up balance among plant and creature life requires less consideration and maintenance. This blog covered the plants and the pond which sums up your need for a basic garden pond. Don’t forget to get yourself a chair and a hot beverage to take in the fresh and beautiful ambience of your garden pond once it’s done.