Using Preformed Ponds To Create A Below Ground Pond
Using preformed ponds is a very simple process when having your pond below ground, especially if the preformed pond is a regular symmetrical shape.
Positioning your pond
Always look for the ideal place to sit your pond allowing easy access from all angles for maintaining your pond and making sure the position will provide enough sunlight as well as shade for your fish, plants and wildlife.
Marking out your pond area
Place your preformed pond upside down onto the area you wish to have your pond. Once in position mark the lawn around your preformed pond shell with sand or wooden pegs.
Remove your preformed pond shell and you are left with a perfect outline of where your pond will be placed.
Using preformed ponds that are symmetrical in shape will be easy to mark out, the areas of different depths but irregular preformed ponds will be more difficult to know where exactly to dig.
If your pond has a lip you should measure the lip and then mark that area out from the outline of the area marked previously. This is the mark that you need to dig down from.
Digging your pond
Once you have done the above it is time for the hard work to begin. You can start digging out your pond area .
Be sure that the preformed pond is level, if not just add or remove more soil from one end.
Once your pond hole is dug you can place you preformed pond into place insuring that the pond is level. When you are happy, you need to fill any gaps around the pond sides as best as possible.
Many people use sand as it is finer and will fall into any difficult nooks and crannies,and it's a lot easy than soil. Push the sand or soil down hard to make it as packed as possible which will give your pond the support it needs, and will be less likely to get any hairline cracks at a later date.
Your pond is now in place, its level, backfilled and is now ready for you to add water,this will help it to mould better into the position it will be in for many years to come.
Hiding the pond lip
You will most likely have a pond lip of your preformed pond which is best hidden as can look very unattractive.
You can use turf to cover this area which is recommended when trying to create a natural pond. Stone,rocks or paving slabs placed on mortar around the edge will give a more formal look and feel to your pond.
It is wise to also paint the mortar and slabs with sealant to hold in all the toxic chemicals even if your pond water is not coming into contact. Any rain water will transport chemicals into your pond which can result in you losing some or all your stock.
After a few months your pond will be settled down and the chlorine gone, you can then start to add your plants and fish at a nice and slow comfortable pace.
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