Edging your new garden pond

So now you have dug and lined your garden pond and the next thing to do is to put an edging in it. There is only on thing that you need to know about this and that is that the pond liner should be protected from direct sunlight.

If plastic or butyl liners are exposed to sun light, they will crack and no longer serve their purpose. It will shorten their life quite considerably, so when putting an edge on your pond, you should ensure that the liner is protected.

There are a number of ways you can edge a pond. You could do what is known as ‘hard landscaping’. You could put paving slabs along the edge. If you go for this route, you should overhang the paving slabs a few inches. This will cast shadow on your liner and therefore protect it. There are a lot of things going for paving slabs on the edge of your pond. It means you protect your shoes whilst walking on it. It needs no maintenance (except perhaps the occasional sweep – although even that will be taken care of by the wind eventually) and it can make a hard base for a seat.

There are other, more wild life friendly alternatives. You could have grass right up to the edge. You lift the grass and spread your excess liner under it, then lay the grass, on top. It will soon grow so that the edge is in the water and then it will grow rapidly, needing a cutting quite frequently to keep it looking anywhere near tidy. It provides a great habitat for all sorts of pond life and gives the pond a very natural look.

Another alternative is to plant flowers right up to the pond. If you want a naturakl look for your pond with a minimum of maintenance, these could be native, wild flowers. This will provide food and cover for loads of butterflies and dragonflies. You could plant your normal choice of decorative plants in a flower bed next to your pond. Or you could make a bog gardenĀ  allowing you to grow yet a different assortment of plants. I will talk about bog gardens another time. They are fairly simple to build and need very little maintence.

One other thing you could do is to make a small waterfall on one side of your pond. This will give you moving water, a lovely sound in the garden particularly on a hot summer’s day. A waterfall also helps to add extra oxygen into your pond, necessary if you are keeping fish in it and the weather gets hot and sunny. Again, I will talk about waterfalls at a later date.

There is one other thing, I should have mentioned earlier and that it that the sides of your pond should be level. The water level will show very clearly if it slopes and, unless you want it to look lop-sided, then you should ensure that the edge of the pond is level. This is not always easy but necessary. You will find it endlessly annoying if you have six inches of liner showing above the level of water at one end and the water is overflowing at the other end (Unless, of course, you have planned it that way.).

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