How to Make Pond in The Garden?

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A garden pond can be a miniature nature reserve. Choose an area of your garden that gets an equal measure of full sunlight and shade. Dappled sunlight caused by trees and shrubs is ideal. Natural ponds flourish best in these conditions also because the presence of algae stays well balanced – while providing food for the pond-life it doesn’t spread out of control from too much sunlight. Stock it with aquatic plants. Get the plants established and the water cleared. Water lilies are planted in containers that sit at the bottom of a pond. Do not overstock as they grow rapidly. Put several bushes nearby so that birds can feel safe when they come to drink at the pool. In hot weather, you need to top up the water lost by evaporation. If you have a small fountain on a side, run it at intervals to aerate the pond. Let frogs come to your pond. If it is a wildlife pond, do not put fish in it. Fish eat dragonfly eggs and many other pond insect eggs.
A decent small size pond would be around 2.5 metres by 1.5. When digging your pond remove the top soil first and pile it separately. You will need some of this later when you have finished the pond. After you have dug your pond area remove as many sharp stones in the pond walls and bottom as you can. The earth you have removed can be used as a base for a background rockery area for frogs to find shelter amongst rocks and plants. Stoned edges and high banks are no use in a natural pond environment. Put back a couple shovels of top soil into the deepest area of the pond to create a muddy bottom. And lay another heaped shovel full of earth where you are going to plant some reeds.
Make sure that any soil you put into the pond is free of chemical fertilizers or weed-killers. The banks of your pond should be grassy. The long stems will eventually hang over the pond as it grows. The long grass will also act as a perfect climbing frame for dragonfly larva. If you don’t have any spare large rocks in your garden buy some to arrange around a rockery area behind your pond.


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