A water feature is a welcomed addition to any garden. It adds variety, interest and beauty and helps to break up masses of greenery and shrubs.
If you want to build your own water feature, a fish pond is a fantastic and easy way to start. You can have the task done in a weekend and adding fish can be a gradual process as the pond starts to settle in to your garden.
Here are some great tips for you to get started on building your own pond. Maybe even get the children to help you? It's a fantastic weekend task for everyone!
Find Your Space
First of all, you will need to find a suitable space for your pond. Perhaps you already have an area in mind. This space should be large enough for the fish to swim around in but small enough so that it doesn't take over the whole garden.
Using a pond liner will ensure that the water doesn't drain out of the pond and also keeps the pond a lot cleaner and free from dirt and mud. Arm yourself with some good scissors and plenty of liner which you can purchase from your local hardware or garden store.
Dig The Hole
Now time to get digging! Mark out the area to dig first and then dig in! Be sure to go down deep enough so that your fish and pond plants have enough room to grow and move around. Once you have dug the hole, cover the whole of the inside of the pond in liner and cut around the edges, leaving approx 30cm around all the edges. These will need to be held down with rocks (or something equally as heavy). You could get creative here and use different shapes and colours.
You can get lots of great wet plants from your garden centre. Be sure to check the labels for the best way to plant them and whether they like sun or shade.
Fill in your pond with water but be sure to let it settle for a day or so before thinking about adding fish.
The new pond fish will need to acclimatise to their new environment so put them into a tub or bucket with their original water. Then gradual add your own pond water to the bucket until they are in pure pond water, then gently place them into your new pond.
Adapted from WikiHow.com