If you have recently been considering installing a pond but haven’t known where to start, this guide is here to help. It can seem overwhelming when you first begin looking at the countless varieties of shapes, tools, accessories and products available to use in your water garden. Gardening experts contradict each other with some telling us to adjust the chemical balances weekly, and others recommending refraining from tampering with the natural water pH as it may affect wildlife and your fish. The truth is that there are so many different strains of advice as there is actually no right answer! Each pond type requires a different way of being cared for. However, there are some general guidelines and rules that we can all follow to help create and look after your new natural looking pond.
Creating a natural aesthetic
Ponds are undeniably a very attractive feature in a garden, and with some extra thought, they can also be a haven for wildlife. The best time of the year to construct a pond is generally said to be Autumn and Winter as this is after the height of the breeding season for fish, and amphibians go into hibernation. In saying this, if you have spare time over Summer and Spring and want to get started early with your construction then there are no real reasons why you can’t build your pond during this time. To ensure it looks like a natural addition to your garden, it is important that you focus on its shape. Avoid sharp lines and instead favour soft gradients of depth inside the pond and keep the outside in a free-form shape with many curves. If you are wanting to make your pond deep, install a wooden or stone ramp to allow duckling, hedgehogs, birds and amphibians a means of escape from the water to avoid any wildlife casualties.
Tips on maintenance
The best and most eco-friendly way of keeping your pond low maintenance and clean is to fit a pond pump. Bradshaws Direct have a fantastic range of pumps, which have been created to fit a variety of different pond types. During the Summer months, avoid being hasty when going to top up your pond water levels. Seasonal ponds are supposed to naturally fluctuate in water level in accordance with the warmer and dryer seasons in the UK. The different levels of water favour and encourage a wider variety of natural creatures. For instance, the lower water levels favour the endangered newts as they can survive and lay their larvae in the mud away from the fish. If you do need to top up your pond, make sure you use rainwater rather than tap water to maintain natural acids.
How to add character
There is an amazing variety of pond plants you can try out to add colour and greenery to your pond, as well as encourage even more winged visitors like dragons flies. Plant your selection of water plants on both the outer and inner ring of your pond to create a naturally varied textured look. If you are interested in flowering water plants, purchase plants such as Waterlilies, which have lovely white scented flowers, Butomus Umbellatus which flower distinctive pink flowers on metre long stems, and the beautiful Japanese water iris which likes to grow in shallow water.