Pond Construction – The basics!
Pond Construction is more than just digging a hole and chucking a liner in!
Once you have chosen your pond position and have dug out your desired pond shape, what you use to line the hole is important.
There are a number of materials to choose from, including flexible water proof liners, semi-solid pre-formed ponds, concrete and fibre glass.
Liner - Pond Construction
Pond Construction : Liner
Suitable For: Different Shaped Ponds
Best Pond Construction Time : Spring & Autumn
Difficulty : Medium to difficult, shape and size dependent
Pond Construction - Pre Formed
Pond Construction : Pre-formed
Suitable for : Time Saver
Best Pond Construction time: Spring. Summer & Autumn
Pond Construction - Concrete & Fibreglass
Pond Construction : Concrete & Fibre Glass
Suitable for: Large Ponds, box shaped ponds
Best Pond Construction time: Spring, Summer
Difficulty: Difficult – Specialist required for fibre glass finish
Pond Construction – The basics include how you are going to line your pond.
A flexible pond liner allows for maximum freedom of shape and size for pond construction. Most suitable for creating a natural look to the garden pond.
Butyl pond liner is a strong rubber material that can be repaired is required with patches. Many of these pond liners now come with a 25-year guarantee if not a lifetime (whose lifetime we are yet to determine!). The common colour is black which is most suitable and gives a natural appearance to the pond.
A pre-formed pond is ideal for easy pond construction. They come in various shapes and sizes and are made from reinforced plastics or fibre glass.
The design of these pre-formed ponds normally includes planting ledges for marginal pond plants. Best suited for starter ponds, fibre glass is a very durable material, so you should have very few if any problems with this type of pond construction.
Pond Construction using concrete and finished with fibre glass coating allows you to be really creative with the pond design. Bear in mind that constructing a pond using this method is time consuming and can be on the more expensive side of things. Also take into consideration that is a leak in the pond appears it can be hard to locate the exact positioning and may result in a further layer of fibre glass finishing.