consider when installing a garden pond
Ponds can be a beautiful
addition to any garden, but it is important to understand some of the
problems with creating and maintaining a successful garden pond.
1: Before you dig,
make sure you choose a day when the soil is damp - as this will make
digging the soil a lot easier.
2: Birds could be
nesting in trees and scrub or on the ground so avoid working in the
nesting season (spring) or check thoroughly that there are no nests
before starting work.
3: Trees can add
shelter to a pond and also look very nice, but they will also cause
you to spend time removing fallen leaves – so keep away from trees
if you want to avoid the workload.
4: Create a
balanced ego system, as your pond will need a variety of plants,
rocks, stones to create a good environment for fish – as they can
get “stressed” and not eat. You also need a non-toxic pond liner and
one that won’t degrade in sunlight.
5: Rain water
(with dry leaves, fertilizers etc) will find its way into the pond
if it is on low-lying ground.
6: If you want to
see wildlife such as frogs, then it is best not to put any fish into
your pond, as they
will devour all the native invertebrates and tadpoles.
7: However, make
sure you install a deep pond if your pond plans to contain fish, as
they will sadly freeze in shallow water. It also needs to have an
area of the pond at least 3 feet deep, but 4 - 5 feet may be better.
Koi fish require well over 6 feet depth.
8: Please research
the fish that you will be placing together – as you don’t want them
to eat each other.
9: Exotic plants
require more attention, so it is best to stick with plants which
traditionally grow in your country. However, if you do not have fish
– then you can save money, as aquatic plants will start to appear in
your pond after a time anyway.
10: You will need
biological and UV filters in your pond along with mechanical ones,
as this will keep the water clean and free of debris. Install a
blanket weed controller unit to prevent unsightly blanket weed
forming in your pond.
If you follow these simple
10 steps then you will have a beautiful stress-free pond that will be
the envy of you neighbours!
How to stock and maintain a garden
Planting for Garden Ponds
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