Ask anybody who has a garden pond and they will tell you how much the pond has changed their garden. Not only does it provide a focal point for relaxing and enjoying your garden but it can also become a real haven for wonderful local wildlife. There are a few pointers to take into consideration that will ensure the success of your garden pond project
It is important to really plan your pond project, so dont just rush out and start buying material and pond equipment without considering the best way forward. The first thing is to draw up a plan of your pond and how you would like it to look.
The next step is to plan the best position within your garden for the pond. Point to consider include the amount of sunlight the pond will receive during the year (if the pond is subjected to strong sunlight, algae may be encouraged to grow), distance from the house and household members such as children and pets, position in relation to trees (constantly clearing out leaves is not much fun).
There are several different types of material which you may choose to create your pond from, ranging from UPVC to concrete. Make sure that you consider what you want from your pond and where it will be positioned and discuss this with a specialist pond provider company. They will be able to best advise which material to use.
Digging out the pond
Check that there are no pipes or wires where you have decide to dig and then begin digging a hole in accordance with your plan. Remove any sharp stones or foreign debris which you might find. Think about creating shallower areas for wildlife and specific plants.
Fill the pond
It is best to allow the pond to fill with rainwater naturally rather than filling it with tap water. This is because tap water contains minerals which may encourage algae growth. If you have to fill it with tap water then discuss this with a pond specialist who may be able to give advice on specific products to prevent this problem.