Constructing A New Pond
Before laying a new pond, certain aspects have to be taken into consideration. Here are a number of useful tips that will help you to make the right choices regarding your pond.
- Proper preparation is required when laying a new pond. Make sure you have a clear plan. Which marsh plants, aquatic plants and oxygen plants do you want? How big will the pond be?
- Give the pond a position in which it gets sun for as much of the day as possible. Oxygen plants and water lilies in particular need plenty of sunlight.
- A path with a width of about one metre between your house and the pond facilitates the maintenance of the pond and pond plants.
- If you want to enjoy watching the creatures in your pond, make sure it has a shallow section.
- If possible, lay the pond next to your patio to provide entertainment as you sit and relax.
- Try to prevent dust and sand from blowing into the pond, as this encourages the development of algae. Give the pond a sheltered position if possible.
- Make sure the pond is edged off effectively to prevent garden soil from washing into the pond.
- If you use mains water and rainwater to fill your pond, always add Bacterial to the water in the beginning. You could also add a few buckets of ditch water. The balance in the pond is determined by healthy water and good (oxygen) plants, and the micro-organisms in ditch water are good for pond life. Make sure you do not scoop up any duckweed at the same time.
Introduce oxygen plants to your new pond. Even at low temperatures they still produce oxygen. This restricts the growth of algae. You will need approximately three plants per 1000 litres of water.