Building Liner Ponds

 


Article by: Brett Fogle

Surprisingly enough, it is usually in mid-summer that many gardeners begin to think about installing a small pond , The Indoor Garden: Plants that Clean the Air or water garden. , For Lighting Fixtures and Landscape Lighting Get Solar Power Installed Ponds , The Indoor Garden: Plants that Clean the Air don't need to be weeded or watered, and they can supply exuberant color , Teaís Important Role in Reducing Disease in the form of water , Taming Your Outdoors lilies and bog plants. , Patio Enclosures

The sound of a splashing fountain or waterfall , Chives - Allium Schoenoprasum is more appealing than weeding a flower , Are Robotic Lawn Mowers in Your Future? bed or mowing that section of lawn. Best of all, no matter how hot , Planning Your Garden from Scratch - the Planting or wet it gets, the pond just keeps on blooming!

At this point you may start to think about the expense and labor of installing a concrete pond, , Composting and Composters: A Basic Introduction and our 95 degree days are just about enough to stop this pond , Rubber Liners daydream in its tracks.

However, with the advent of newer pond , Azalea 'My Mary' liners and pre-formed pools, the misery associated with concrete , Chives - Allium Schoenoprasum mixing and finishing is a thing of the past. Heavy duty pool liners with 10 year guarantees are now common, and can sell for as little as $1.00 a square foot.

Preformed ponds , Composting and Composters: A Basic Introduction in many different shapes and sizes are also an alternative method to create a quick pond , Viburnum at less cost than using concrete. , Controlling Aphids Using these materials, the average gardener can install a decent size pond , How to Grow Cooking Herbs in less than one day, and have it stocked with plants, , Potting Benches: Beautiful and Practical fish , Potting Benches: Beautiful and Practical and fountain by the following morning.

The simplest kind of pond , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 2) Plant Needs to build is an above-the-ground pond. Since no digging is required, it usually takes much longer to fill this pond , Growing Tea Herbs for Fun or Profit with water , Caring for your Wrought-iron Furniture than it does to build it!

There are many variations on this theme, but as an example, one can use treated lumber planks which are at least 2 inches thick by 12 inches wide, nail , Re-Potting Your Orchids them together to form a rectangular shape of the desired dimensions, and place , What You Should Know About Miniature Roses the form where the pond , Chives - Allium Schoenoprasum is desired.

This bottomless "box" can be placed directly on the grass, , Selecting Your Gardening Tools concrete, a deck, , Patio Covers etc., and then the bottom is covered with some kind of padding or cushioning material. Most books say to use sand, , Azalea 'My Mary' but I think the perfect material is roofing , Patio Enclosures felt. It is cheap, convenient, lies flat, , The Rich History of Wild Roses makes a barrier to weeds, , Rose Gardening and provides a good cushion for the pool liner.

Once the roofing , Composting and Composters: A Basic Introduction felt is in place, , Injury to Trees and Shrubs the pool liner can be dropped into the form and you begin filling the pond , Potting Benches: Beautiful and Practical with water. A few staples on the outside , Take Another Look at Those Wild Surreptitious Weeds of the pond , Composting and Composters: A Basic Introduction form may be needed to keep the liner from blowing into the pond, , Rose Gardening but be sure to use just a few, and place , Patio Covers them at the edge of the liner.

As the pond , Soil Plus Compost Equals Lush Healthy Plants fills, the weight of the water , Rubber Pond Liners will do a good job in smoothing out wrinkles, but if you are a perfectionist, you can help smooth them out by hand before there is more than one inch of water , The Rich History of Wild Roses in the bottom of the pond. , Composting and Composters: A Basic Introduction While the pond , Planning Your Garden from Scratch - the Planting is beginning to fill, you can check the level of the form, and if it needs to be raised a little on one or two sides, this can be done by carefully inserting some shims to raise the forms where needed.

If you prefer the pond , Wood Fences to overflow on a certain side (like, into the flower , Teaís Important Role in Reducing Disease bed, rather than onto the deck! , Chives - Allium Schoenoprasum ) then you may want to leave the overflow side a quarter inch lower than the rest of the pond. , How to Grow Cooking Herbs

You should wait until the pond , Taming Your Outdoors is completely filled before cutting any excess liner or doing any permanent stapling. This will give the water , Canvas Gazebos and Gazebo Kits pressure enough time to pull the liner into every nook and cranny where it needs to go; some of those few holding staples which you used to hold the liner in place may actually tear loose as the pond , Amaryllis - A Perfect Flower For the Festive Season fills, but if you stapled the liner on the outside , Rubber Pond Liners of the form, near the edges, then no harm is done... you will be trimming some of that excess liner off, anyway.

It really does take longer to fill this kind of pond , What You Should Know About Miniature Roses than it does to build it. I once built a twenty-by-thirty foot pond , Chives - Allium Schoenoprasum in two hours but it took all night for it to fill with water. , Starting with a Garden

I think an ideal depth for an above ground pond , Rose Gardening is about 14 inches, but it can be deeper or more shallow than that, depending on what materials you are using for the form. Railroad ties, landscape , Take Another Look at Those Wild Surreptitious Weeds timbers, concrete , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 2) Plant Needs blocks, etc. are all possible materials for pond building. , Taming Your Outdoors

Remember that any kind of wood , Garden for Birds #3 must be pressure treated if you want it to last more than a year! Although I mentioned rectangular shape, if you have some carpentry skills, , Gardening - Schefflera Care you can also do triangles, pentagons, ponds , How to Grow Cooking Herbs within ponds, , Vegetable Garden Layout etc.

Ponds built with treated lumber planks do not need any side support if they are less than 8 feet or 10 feet long; if you are building , What You Should Know About Miniature Roses larger than that, you will want to drive a stake into the ground where the planks are to be nailed together, so the water , How to Grow Cooking Herbs pressure won't make the planks bow outward. So, if you know how to , For Lighting Fixtures and Landscape Lighting Get Solar Power Installed use twelve nails , Rose Gardening to nail , Patio Enclosures four planks together, then you can build a pond. , Wood Fences If you are feeling lazy, have the lumber yard , Potting Benches: Beautiful and Practical cut the planks to size you need. Borrow your neighbor's staple gun, find those scissors buried in the kitchen drawer, and you are in business!

Pond liners can also be used to make an in the ground pond. , Dog Days of Summer The advantage is that you can make any shape pond , Making a New Lawn From Seed or Sod you want, and the ground itself supports the sides of the liner.

It is a good idea to use a flexible garden , Starting with a Water hose to lay out the pool shape you want. Once everyone agrees that it is a pleasant shape, and it is large enough, you can dig a trench along side the hose, and start digging.

Remember, the pool does not have to be more than 12 to 16 inches deep, so don't get carried away. If you want a waterfall, some of the excavated soil , Rubber Pond Liners can be mounded up near the pond , Wood Fences for later waterfall , Garden for Birds #3 construction. In some cases, it may be useful to use some of the soil , Viburnum for a berm around the pond, so that is another way to dispose of excavated soil. , This Is How You Grow Sprouts

Once the pond , Planning Your Garden from Scratch - the Planting is excavated, check the level, decide which side you want excess rainfall to flow from, and then you are ready to line the hole with roofing , How to Grow Cooking Herbs felt, running it across the pond, up the sides onto the edges of the pond. , Soil Plus Compost Equals Lush Healthy Plants Drop the liner in, weigh it down lightly with some rocks around the edges, and start filling.

Again, do not trim any excess liner until the pond , Wood Fences is completely filled. Some pond , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 2) Plant Needs books say you should create a shallow shelf in the pond , Re-Potting Your Orchids before putting in the liner, but they don't have our river sand , Dog Days of Summer and rainfall to deal with. I think it is better to build the pond , Taming Your Outdoors to a depth of 14-16 inches, and just use bricks to prop up those bog plants , Dog Days of Summer that don't want to sit too deep in water. , Garden for Birds #3 This gives greater flexibility in rearranging the pond plants , Controlling Aphids as you wish, and avoids the calamity of a shelf suddenly slumping into the pool. When using pool liners, whether in the ground or above the ground, it is important to conceal the edges from sunlight, since that is what eventually breaks down most liners.

Using stones , Is Your Fertilizer Poisoning You? or lumber planks to finish off the edge of your pond will make it more appealing, and enable the liner to live up to its ten year guarantee. Even the heavier, preformed plastic ponds , Ants! - 1,000,000,000,000,000 Invaders! should have their edges covered by sod or some paving material, so the sun , Amaryllis - A Perfect Flower For the Festive Season can't reach it. Some final pointers: if possible, locate your pond , Summer Gardening Tips away from trees, , Feng Shui Interprets Your Garden Features in a place that gets at least five hours of direct sun , Take Another Look at Those Wild Surreptitious Weeds daily. This will allow you to grow , Feng Shui Interprets Your Garden Features a wide variety of pond plants. , Growing Tea Herbs for Fun or Profit

Be sure to use a dechlorinating product , Patio Accessories - Complete The Great Outdoors when you first fill the ponds. , Growing Tea Herbs for Fun or Profit .. the new chemicals in our drinking water , Patio Covers do not dissipate quickly and they will kill your fish , Summer Gardening Tips and damage your plants, even ten days after you have filled the pond! , Wood Fences

Be sure you are pleased with the size and shape of your pond before you start - so you won't say "I should have made it bigger, or longer, or rounder, etc.", within two hours of filling it!

Rule number one in pond building , This Is How You Grow Sprouts is that no matter how big your pond , Soil, Drainage, and Water is, you always want a bigger one.

Last, but not least, if you decide to do an in-the-ground pond, why not serve refreshments and get some friends to help . . . friends will have all kinds of useful ideas on how you should do it ... which is fine, as long as they keep digging...
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