Super easy garden pond! How to create a garden pond.
In this small guide we will help you understand how to create a garden pond
Having an artificial pond in the garden is like having a corner of paradise. The pond definitely gives relaxation and beauty to the garden. Furthermore, the presence of water helps increase biodiversity.
If you think that building a pond is complicated, if you follow our guide, you will change your mind.
Building a body of water is a lot of fun and easier than you think - you just need the right products and a little patience.
Once started, the pond will need very little maintenance.
The first step: Where to build the pond?
Determining the space where to build the pond is very important to highlight it making it the pearl of the garden. You will therefore need:
- Evaluate the space available , in order to understand what the dimensions of the tank may be.
- Choose a sunny location so the plants can grow well.
- The surface must be flat.
- Stay away from trees and shrubs, their roots could make it difficult to build the pond or even damage it.
The construction of the pond
Once you've chosen the ideal location for the pond, it's time to get started!
For the bottom of the pond you can choose between the pre-formed shapes in PVC , or if you want a tailor-made pond you can use the special PVC sheets .
- Use a measuring tape to mark the desired size on the ground. Check that the dimensions of the excavation are greater than the size of the pre-formed pond or the PVC sheet chosen for the bottom.
- To delimit the perimeter, use pegs and a rope, or a water rubber.
- Start with digging, if you plan to insert aquatic plants into the pond, remember to dig deeper to create different levels of depth. Aquatic plants need different levels based on the variety.
- The depth of the excavation must be at least 40 cm, but if you want to insert fish, the pond must be at least 80cm deep. This depth is necessary for your fish to survive in the winter.
- Around the excavation we advise you to create an additional step of about 10 cm in order to better hide the sheets that will be applied later.
- Apply the non-woven fabric to protect the pond from plant roots and preserve the PVC layer from punctures, making it adhere as much as possible to prevent creasing.
- Apply the PVC sheet to the ground, making it adhere well to avoid unwanted creases.
- Fill the pond with water up to half its volume.
- Cut out both sheets that advance following the shape of the pond, leave a few extra centimeters as a margin.
- Time to fill up the pond!
The filter and pump for the pond
Garden ponds are beautiful to look at, especially if the water is clear and you can see fish splashing brightly among the plants. For this reason it is essential to use the pump as well as keep the water clean, it guarantees the fish and plants the necessary oxygenation to be able to breathe correctly.
Decorate the artificial pond
Now comes the fun! Decorating a pond is super easy and you can use your creativity.
Start by choosing pebbles, outdoor tiles or stones to your taste and start decorating the edge of the pond to hide the PVC sheet.
Plants for the pond
Plants are a very important decorative element and more, in fact they are essential for the phytodepuration process of the pond, they are able to filter and purify the water naturally.
Aquatic plants should be placed on the banks of the pond at a depth between the surface of the water and about -40 cm. The depth of placement varies according to each species.
To keep the plants well positioned in the water, use the perforated baskets and place stones on their edge.
The most used pond plants are:
- Water lilies
- Juncus effusus Spiralis (Common rush)
- Acorus calamus (Canna odorosa)
Fish for the pond
If you want to have fish in your pond, the time has come! The fish give an exotic touch and make the pond more lively. Not all fish can live in a pond, so it is important to rely on expert staff (you can contact the staff of our Pet department). Once you have chosen the species, you will have to gradually accustom the fish to their new environment. You can lay the fish in the plastic bag provided with purchase above the water surface of your pond, so that they can slowly get used to the water temperature. After a few minutes you can free your fish to explore their new habitat.
The most suitable fish are:
- Red fishes
- Koi carp
Now the pond is technically ready!
Give the seedlings some time to settle and grow.
If you have any doubts remember that you can always ask our staff.
Below you will find the practical video tutorial to create an artificial pond!