With pond construction everyone becomes an expert. Anyone can dig a hole put a liner in and fill it with water, but does it work as a pond. In many cases NO is the answer. Many of the common faults we come across are:-
1. The pond is not level so large sections of liner become visible.
2. Either too deep or shallow for the ponds needs and size.
3. One of the main problems is shelving for plants. They are either constructed too deep so bricks have to be used to raise the planting baskets, no shelves at all, too narrow or sloping so no plants will stay on them.
4. The use of poor quality materials and construction techniques, so the pond does not stay the test of time. In the long run costing more as the work has to be re-done.
Ponds are not cheap to build, so you want it done correctly the first time round. A well built pond is a joy to look at and works well for your fish, plants easy to look after and will stay the test of time.
We tend to construct 3 styles of pond:-
1. Formal Ponds :- This type of pond is often square, rectangular or circular in shape. They make very good raised ponds because of the regularity of the shape. Bricks, natural stone blocks, slabs, sleepers and decking make good materials to use.
2. Informal Ponds :- This style pond pond tends to be the most common type of pond we construct, as it suits the British garden. The main benefit is you are not restricted to shape. These ponds are generally set at ground level, edged with paving or grass. A rockery with a waterfall often finishes the look.
3. Natural Ponds :- This is a bit of a misleading stlye, that you have to create a special type of pond often putting clay or soil on top of the liner. This is not the case as any pond can be turned into a natural pond for wildlife. Leave out the fish and plant the pond. Make sure you have coverage with aquatic plants of over 60% of the water and your pond will be clear, healthy and full of wildlife.
What type of linings do we use ?
1. Firestone EPDM 1mm thick rubber pond liner :- This is the strongest, most durable and thickest of the EPDM liners that we use. The liners durability and longevity lends itself to many applications including garden ponds and lakes.
2. Sealco EPDM 0.75mm thick rubber liner :- This liner has the same characteristics as Butyl pond liner but has the benefits of being up to a 1/3 cheaper. We tend to use this liner where flexibility is needed on intricate shaped ponds over the 1mm EPDM liner. You are left with smaller folds in the liner.
Geotextile pond liner underlay :-
1. We use a high quality protective underlay which creates a barrier between the soil and pond liner. This protect the liner from sharp stones from penetrating from beneath.
Fibreglass Preformed Ponds :-
1. We often install these ponds due to their robustness to puncturing and longevity over time. The only downsides, they are expensive compared to flexible pond linings and your are restricted to shape.