Cre­at­ing a gar­den pond

A butyl liner al­lows you to make an at­trac­tive shape

Amateur Gardening - - Your Gardening Week -

1 De­fine the perime­ter and shape of the pond with string or a hosepipe and start to dig it out. Move the soil and turf out of the way.

2 Dig out your pond in graded shelves (this is im­por­tant so wildlife can climb out) and make sure each shelf is level us­ing a spirit level.

3 Line the pond with a thick layer of sand or old car­pet. This stops sharp stones or roots from punc­tur­ing the lin­ing.

4 Get some­one to help you drape the lin­ing over the hole. Spread it care­fully with­out drag­ging it and an­chor the sides with bricks.

5 While the pond is fill­ing with wa­ter, trim the sides of the lin­ing so there is a 12in (30cm) over­lap. An­chor it with ce­mented edg­ing stones or turf.

6 Plant up lilies in bas­kets lined with hes­sian and filled with aquatic com­post. Any marginals can be planted straight into mud at the sides.

7 Place your plants where they will thrive. Stand some on bricks and don’t for­get to add oxy­gena­tors to help keep the wa­ter clear.

8 The wa­ter will soon clear as any sed­i­ment sinks to the bot­tom. If you want to add fish, wait for six weeks un­til the plants have be­come es­tab­lished.

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