Creating A Feature Pond For Your Garden

Your garden is an important part of the house, and serves a function like any other room of your property. If you are looking for a project to undertake this year but the house has already been decorated during lockdown, turn your attention to your outdoor space. 

There is nothing better in a garden than a stunning water feature, and a pond is the best water feature of them all. To create a stunning garden pond this year, here is what you need to do. 

Mark out a space 

Before you begin digging out your pond it is a good idea to grab some small wooden stakes and garden twine and use them to mark out a circumference for your pond. Depending on the design you are going for, you can either go for a perfectly circular or oval pond or you can bring that more natural feel and create something a little more abstract. If you have already been to your local garden centre to pick up a plastic liner, you will simply need to dig out that shape. We personally think that a natural design is much more fitting for the garden. 

Dig a hole 

Now that you have marked your pond out, it is time to dig. It is important to remember here that if you want wildlife to thrive in your pond, it needs to be a few feet deep to allow for hibernation in the winter. When disposing of the soil from your pond simply place this in your compost bin or tip it onto a flower bed at the back of the garden. There’s no need to waste perfectly good soil! 

Line your pond 

Once you have a hole dug out of your garden it is time to line the pond to prevent the soil soaking up the water throughout the year. You can either grab a solid plastic liner for your pond, or you can find a simple flexible lining sheet at your local garden centre. When lining the pond make sure that the liner overlaps the edges of the pond and then you can use either more soil, gravel, or decorative paving stones to weight them down and keep the liner in place. 

Install a pump 

If you are planning to bring wildlife into your garden pond this year, the next important stage is to install a Shinmaywa pond pump. This is a crucial step for the health of your wildlife because even under water fish and other aquatic life need a certain level of oxygen. Avoid eutrophication and keep your ecosystem alive! 

Plant flowers 

Before you introduce any wildlife to your pond it is time to plant some flowers and helpful weeds. Duckweed is a goldmine when it comes to oxygen production and water cleaning and this should be a must for your pond. Pond Lilies are a great idea especially if you want to have frogs in your pond as it will give them something to sit on and to use to climb in and out. There are lots of other plant choices and you’ll be able to find some wonderful ones. Once the plants are in, it’s time for animals. 

Add animals 

Hopefully, you’ll be able to procure from frogspawn from a family member or friend. As well as frogs you might consider bringing some pong snails into your pond to keep it clean, and perhaps even some fish. Pond animals come in many shapes and sizes so have fun choosing what you want in yours!

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