July 22nd, 2014
Ponds are a great addition to any garden and there is something ever so peaceful about looking out over the garden to your pond. Location, however, is one of the biggest factors when deciding whether to get a pond in the garden. Here is a short list of things to consider when placing that perfect pond.
Low and Wet
Ideally a pond does not want to be situated in the lowest point of your garden or in a location that is always wet. Placing a pond in the lowest point will encourage run off from the rest of the garden to head straight to the pond. This is turn can silt up the pond increasing the amount of maintenance that is needed to keep the pond healthy.
Whilst placing a pond under trees looks amazing, the trees reflected elegantly in the water, it is not usually a good idea. Trees, particularly deciduous trees, have a tendency to drop things into a pond such as pine needles, leaves, nuts and berries. Whilst this can be combatted with netting, it has to be cleared away nearly daily to prevent silting up. Placing a pond under trees will increase the amount of maintenance that needs to be performed.
Ponds need sunlight for at least half of the day to encourage any plants to grow. Plants such as water lilies thrive in the sun. However too much sun can cause algae to grow, so it is always advisable to have plenty of pond cover with water lilies in the water and grasses around the edges.
Power Cords and Amenities
It is important to know the layout of the garden, and where electrical wires and other amenities run. The last thing anyone wants to do is put a spade through a power cord whilst digging the pond. In addition nobody wants to have to dig up all their wires and re-route them through the garden!
Whilst building a pond on level ground is not the biggest factor in pond location, it is fairly important if you do not want to have to create waterfalls and cascades which require extra work with pond pumps. These are readily available from aquatics shops and online such as at Swell UK. In addition to this non-level ponds end up with very deep and very shallow water, which have to be carefully planted.
Of course one of the key things to consider is the fact that the pond needs to be seen from the house. Not only does this mean any potential problems can be spotted and acted on but looking out over the garden and seeing the pond is usually a key driving force for getting one in the first place, so make sure the view is not restricted and enjoyment can be had by all!
This article was written by David Wharton.