Top tips for Pond Building

A pond can create a beautiful addition to any home, however careful planning should be taken at the garden pond design stage to ensure the end result is the desired outcome. We’ve put our top tips below that although seem simple, are sometimes forgotten or overlooked.

Location

The first thing to consider is where will your pond thrive most? The best spot is usually somewhere that gets sunlight, is level and, for the ease of ponds maintenance, away from trees. The less leaves that there are to clear from your pond, the easier it’ll be to clean.

Also consider finding a location which is clearly visible from your house. Not only will this mean you can enjoy it when inside, but also helps with safety if you have children or pets.

Safety

As mentioned above, you need to think about safety when it comes to a garden pond. There are many things that you can do to achieve this, from putting up fencing or creating a barrier with plants and shrubbery or rocks.

Adding a mesh to the pond can add another layer of protection or act as an alternative. Using mesh also helps keeps predators away if your pond is home to fish or other aquatic animals.

Research your plants

There are plenty of options when it comes to plants for your pond. However, it’s paramount for the health of your pond to do your homework. Some species of plants are likely to take over your pond entirely and may even destroy other plants you may have. Striking a balance is the key to a happy and healthy garden pond.

The purpose

What is it you are hoping to achieve from your pond? Is it simply a feature or is it for wildlife? Knowing what the purpose of your pond is will help when deciding on the key elements of your pond and will help you to understand what impact certain aspects will have on your garden pond.

Pond Construction

Plan each and every step in the pond construction stage. What size do you want the pond? How deep will you dig? In actual fact, it’s very easy to dig a garden pond too deep. Shallow ponds are often a happier home for wildlife.

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