The Garden Pond will change the atmosphere of your outdoor space by adding colour, brightness and movement. If you add a garden pump, you can also enjoy the soothing sound of running water. A garden pond can even visually enlarge your outdoor space. In this article we will give you some ideas and tips for decorating your water garden.

Contemporary garden with pond

The first thing you need to do before you design your pond Choose the place where you want to install it and enjoy the beauty of the landscape. For example, this can be in the middle of your outdoor area or, on the contrary, in a secluded and quiet corner of your garden.

The size of the pool depends on the type of pool you want and how you want it to be used – for aquatic plants, for fish, or just as a backdrop. Each type of pond requires a different layout.

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Outdoor decoration idea with garden pond
Water plants like water lilies and reeds are great plants that grow fast and will dominate the space in your garden. Then choose a variety of plants that like different living conditions. Torflandpflanzen do not like large quantities of water, edge plants such as shallow water and water lilies are plants that grow deep in the water and have their roots at the bottom of the watershed.

If you want to keep fish in your outdoor pool, you should know that they do not like certain types of water plants and do not arrive to breathe when, for example, the water surface is covered with water lilies. You should also know that water lilies do not grow in moving waters, so you cannot decorate your pond with a fountain.

Idea for garden design with water garden

Idea for garden design with water garden
The most classic way to determine the shape of your pond is to use an old garden hose, which you lay on the ground. If you do not want to have a geometric shape, or one in a circle or elongated, use an old garden hose to create the desired shape. When you have done this, you just need to dig the ground to create a set of depths.

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Wooden deck with water pool

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The most classic way to determine the shape of your pond is to use an old garden hose, which you lay on the ground. If you do not want to have a geometric shape, or one in a circle or elongated, use an old garden hose to create the desired shape. When you have done this, you just need to dig the ground to create a set of depths.

Make sure that all small stones and pebbles are present away from the place where you place your pond and cover this area with a layer of sand before laying the tarpaulin. Ask a professional to help you calculate the required tarpaulin before you buy it, but remember that you need to know the length, depth and width of your pond.

Garden Pond rectangular shape
Once the tarpaulin has been laid, decorate the exterior with bricks or pebbles and fill the pool with a pipe of water. When decorating your garden with a pond, everything depends on your personal preferences. Here are some ideas for garden ponds that will surely inspire you.

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Its very soothing to look at and interesting to see all the wildlife it attracts – frogs, dragonflies, newts if you’re lucky and much more. You need to decide whether you want a natural wildlife pond or a formal one – I reckon formal ones are easier to build, but if you go for that option make sure there is somewhere that tiny froglets etc can climb out – a basket of eg water iris in one corner would do nicely.

Down side is occasionally you may need to empty it, especially if it isn’t big enough – you really need a minimum of about 8 x6 feet for the water to stay balanced well. You will need to put a net over it in autumn if there are trees nearby, to prevent a lot of leaves blowing into it. Digging the hole is hard work and you need to put the excavated stuff somewhere.

Get some books from the library about garden ponds – you will find heaps of helpful information. Better than looking on the net as you can keep referring to them.

Before you start

It’s easy to create a simple pond in your own garden. Always consider the following:
•The view of the feature from every angle of the garden and house.
•The type of pond – will you use a liner or a preformed pool?
•The size of the pond.
•The type of plants you wish to grow. Different plants require different depths of water.
•Avoid shady areas, especially near deciduous trees.
•Seek professional advice when constructing complicated designs and using electricity to operate pumps.

What to do

Time needed
Depends on the size of the pond

You will need
•Craft knife
•Hose – for marking out shape
•Plank – long enough to reach over pond
•Spirit level
•Wooden pegs
•Butyl liner
•Pond insulation liner or old carpet
•Paving or turf for edging
•Soft building sand

Marking out
•Define the perimeter of the pond, either with string, a length of hosepipe, or by trickling a layer of dry sand through your fingers.
• Remove the turf from the area and stack neatly away from the working place.

•Excavate the area with a spade to the depth of the first shelf. Mark the outline of the shelf with sand or string.
•Dig out the centre of the pond and either add additional shelves, or dig until the required maximum depth has been reached.
•Check each shelf is level.

Wildlife in mind
•Move the dug-out soil to another area of the garden.
•Check the sides of the pond following the profile you intended. It’s a good idea to give one side of the pond a gentle slope to offer animals, such as hedgehogs, a means of escape if they fall in.

Lining the pond
•Remove any lumps or sharp stones from the hole. Then spread a 3cm (1.2in) layer of soft builder’s sand over the area. This will help protect the butyl liner being punctured.
•A layer of pond underlay or old carpet above the sand will provide additional protection.
•Get a friend to assist in unfolding the butyl liner. Spread it evenly over the hole taking care not to damage it by dragging it on the ground. Secure the sides of the liner with bricks.

Filling up
•Start filling the pool with water and pull the edges of the liner so that it fits neatly over the contours of the pond.
•Continue filling the hole with water until the pond is full.
•Trim the sides of the liner leaving a 30cm (12in) overlap around the sides of the pond.
•Cover these with paving slabs, or if you want to create a more natural effect, lay turf up to the water’s edge.
•The liner should be covered to prevent sunlight causing it to perish. Position plants and add oxygenators. If you want to add fish wait six weeks until the plants are established.

Pond safety

According to The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA), children below the age of five are most at risk of drowning in garden ponds. The only way to avoid potential disasters is to not have a pond. There are, however, precautions that you can take to significantly reduce the chance of accidents.

Rigid steel mesh frames can be positioned securely over ponds. These can be obtained from security grille suppliers and metal stockholders who should be able to cut the mesh to size. Mesh should be heavy duty, ideally made from 6mm to 8mm diameter wire. Secure it firmly and it should support the weight of a young child. Ideally the mesh should be positioned above the water level.

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DIY Modern Backyard Koi Pond On A Budget

My dream of having another koi pond has finally come true, but this time I opted for a a modern look because of the area I decided to put it. So far it is going fantastic and such a peaceful retreat for me to enjoy the fish and relax.

Garden Koi Pond Renovation Timelapse

This is a timelapse spanning 10 days plus some video of the finished pond.
The old PVC liner had needed replacing for some time and we had patched up holes round the edge for years, but a new leak at the bottom meant we had no choice but to renovate the pond.
We had a man from the local aquatics shop do the work for us.
We opted for a Firestone EPDM liner, a skimmer with dedicated pump and a new ‘beach’ area at the shallow end made from cobbles to give fry and newts a better chance of surviving.
The edge of the pond was levelled as the ground had shifted over the years. The waterfall was sealed with cement and adjacent rocks rearranged.
The plants were trimmed and rearranged. They flourished in no time and have overgrown somewhat.
We placed spawning brushes near the shallow end and within a month we noticed fry swimming in the cobbles.
After we have added new fish, we decided to put up an electric fence to help protect against the Heron and other wildlife. We realise it’s not pretty, but the well-being of the fish is more important.
The pond is located in central England. I recorded the audio at the edge of the pond once the renovation was complete.





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