Before we start
It can be quite diffuclt to recover from making a mistake in installing/building/digging a pond! Learning from others' mistakes means we always check that you've considered:
- The size of the pond.
- Access to the pond
- Its nearness to other garden features such as deciduous trees
- The view of the pond from windows, patio, exsiting garden furniture etc
- Do you want a preformed pond or 'free' excavation
- What plants do you want in the pond (crucial for the depth of water)
- The location of the pond with respect to light/shadeWhether you want to have fish in the pond
- The size of the pond! This is worth repeating. Large ponds take a lot of water, and changing your mind halfway through is no joke!
It's not all about size
We'll mark out the size of the pond, if you've not already done this, and check with you that its what you want. We stress with our customers that getting the size and location of ponds right first time is essential. It's relatively easy to move plants around a garden, but that's not the case with a pond! It makes sense to live with the rough layout for a fe days just to make sure that it's right.
And the Timing?
Let's face it, apart from the depth of winter a hole in a garden can be dug just about anytime. However, depending on what you want in your pond, whether you want fishes or not, the kind of plants you want etc it may be that late winter/early spring is the best time. The chances of overnight frosts will be disappearing, meaniing that digging holes will be easier, and it will also mean you can start to stock up the pond with plants and give them time to get established. So doing the intial steps, planning the size and position can be done late winter and so you're prepared for getting started early spring
Now the serious work starts.
We'll dig out the pond and move the soil to another part of the garden, so it helps us if you can make sure there's a space somewhere for this. At each stage we'll check with you that we've put in the right levels and to the right depth that you want.
Next we'll prepare the hole!
We'll remove the lumps, bumps and sharp bits and ensure that everything is solid before we begin the process of either installing a preformed lining or bedding in the lining. This really is the last chance to ensure that the size is right!
We'll line the whole hole (sorry!) with sand to ensure that the lining isn't going to get punctured. Because of this layer of sand it helps if we have decent weather. This can't be done in strong rain otherwise the sand just gets washed to the botom of the pond. We'll then start to install the lining and filling in the pond. It's essential that the lining extends beyood the pond so that water can't seep behind it. This 'excess' lining needs to tbe disguised in some way, either by the use of paving, grass or some other means that will fit in with your garden overall. It's helpful if you can give this some consideration before the whole process is started.
It is ESSENTIAL that you consider the safety aspects of a pond.
In March 2016 when this article was written the news of two 2 year old toddlers in Scotland had only recently broken. If you have young children (under fives) in your garden please help us to ensure that the pond will be safe.If in doubt DON'T ask us to install the pond.
RoSPA also has information on water safety (not just pond safety).