“I’ll show you how to make a great garden pond,” says Ruth
Ruth looks at creating and caring for these water features
APOND adds so much to the garden on every level. It need not be massive – if space is tight you can create a patio mini-pond in a half-barrel – but your patch of land will be so much richer with one in it.
Like all water features, ponds are therapeutic and relaxing. They are also a fantastic way of increasing the diversity of your garden via aquatic and marginal plants and the rich array of wildlife the water and plantings attract.
On these pages I show you how to install a pond, examine the pros and cons of keeping goldfish and look at the essential tasks that need to be done now, as temperatures start to rise. These will help maintain the health of your pond for plants and aquatic animals.
The pond I have installed has a flexible butyl liner. This is the most popular way of creating one as it lets you design the shape and size you want and is easier to install than a rigid plastic pre-formed shape.
A third alternative is concrete, but this runs the risk of cracking and leaking if there is any ground movement.
The best place for a pond is somewhere away from trees and shrubs that may clog the water with dropped foliage, but where it is still visible from outside seating areas and the house.
There is a wealth of information available and many larger garden centres and nurseries will have sections dedicated to ponds. Alternatively, contact your local aquatic experts for specialist advice and information.
Ponds add so much to the garden
A barrel pond is ideal for small gardens