“I’ll show you how to make a great gar­den pond,” says Ruth

Ruth looks at cre­at­ing and car­ing for th­ese wa­ter fea­tures

Amateur Gardening - - This Week In Amateur Gardening -

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

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