Pond Planning & Implementation

Pond Planning & Implementation Plan correctly, right from the start

To make your garden dream a reality it needs to start with proper planning. You must take size, position and condition of the garden or the patio into account. A few ground rules must be complied with to ensure long term enjoyment of your very own garden pond! 

Important prerequisites

Pond type: Ponds with fish should be constructed close to the terrace or patio for observation. If you prefer a natural pond to encourage wildlife, then use the space in your garden to your advantage. Fountains and architectural ponds can be integrated into the design of any garden. 

Sunlight exposure: Four to six hours of direct sunlight per day are ideal for a pond. Extended deep water zones help prevent excessive ­warming of the water and algae formation in areas exposed to a lot of sunlight. 

Trees and shrubbery: Deciduous trees and conifers, as well as plants that develop strong roots, should be far enough away from the pond. Root barriers offer containment possi­bilities for plants, such as bamboo, that develop strong, penetrating roots.

Minimum water depth: In winter to prevent the pond from completely freezing solid, OASE ­recommends a minimum water depth of 31.5 inches.  

There are virtually no limits to the design possibilities of a liner pond. Before laying out the liner, an underlayment that protects the liner from damage due to roots and small stones should always be used. Pond liner is best laid out on sunny days in warmer temperatures. Alternatively, preformed ponds can be used for pond construction.

Power and water connections: Proximity of the pond to a power source and water connections can facilitate operation and control of the devices in and on the pond.

Tubing diameter: When selecting tubing select a diameter that is as large as possible to avoid excessive friction loss.

The right pond technology: In addition to selecting the right combination of pump, filter, and UV Clarifier, the position of the pump in the pond also plays a role. A filter pump should be placed as deep as possible so that it can displace pond floor sediment. Fountain pumps are positioned closer to the surface for reduced maintenance.