The garden is the area of the house that requires more dedication. Having it organized and in good condition, is often difficult work, as well as giving it a sophisticated and elegant appearance. It is even more so when it has elements such as a pond or a small fountain.
Many gardening enthusiasts dream of a fantasy garden, where they can take guests and be nice but at the same time, modern and simple.
Lately, it has become very fashionable to have ponds that house aquatic plants or small fish and, although it seems an easy task, it is not. The most widespread are those with water lilies and lotus flowers.
The ponds must be properly located since they need approximately 4 or 6 hours of sun daily, in which the shadow of the trees should not be interposed. The aquatic flowers need sunlight to be able to flourish and stay, so today we bring you 3 ideas for you to make and keep your own pond at home.
Steps to build a pond
Whatever aspect you want to give your pond, there are general construction rules that everyone will require, as well as the materials and tools that are used.
- Geotextile blanket
- Stapler with staples
1. Choose the right place
We must choose a place that allows the passage of sunlight for about 4 hours per day. After having chosen the right place, you should start by digging a hole with the help of the shovel. The height will depend on your taste, but it is advisable to do it at least 1 meter, including a step at the top.
2. Add sand to the base
- Using the hoe, we distribute approximately 10 cm of sand over the entire surface. This will prevent the plastic from tearing or breaking when it comes in contact with the ground.
The sand should be compacted very well and be as flat as possible.
3. Plasticize the bottom of the hole
- extend the plastic to cover the diameter of the hole, leaving a surplus on the outside.
- If the plastic that you chose is very rigid, you can extend it a few hours before and leave it in the sun so that it softens and molds better to the shape of the hole.
- With the help of stones (preferably large stones), we fix the plastic to the ground and keep it there.
4. Fill your pond
- After it is well fixed, fill the pond with water. This will help to settle the plastic better and give it the shape.
- On the step that was inside the pond, we will spread the decorative gravel to fill it.
- We will complete the upper edge with slabs that will serve to provide more weight and as a decorative element.
5. Last touches
- After cutting the surplus plastic excess, we will measure how much geotextile blanket will be needed and cut it with the help of the scissors.
- We put it around the pond to help the moisture pass without grass sprouting.
- The most advisable thing is to create a wooden border that delimits the pond from the rest of the grass. The geotextile blanket will be fixed to this wooden fence with the help of the stapler.
- Once the blanket is spread out, we cover it with gravel and spread it out until it covers evenly the entire area.
- Finally, only the pond decoration remains. You can fill it with aquatic plants or with small fish, as well as place flowers around it.
After knowing what is needed for the construction of the pond and having made a basic pond, you can include small variations that will give a unique touch.
Pond with waterfall
Although it is a little more elaborate, you can include a cascade system inside the pond, which allows to recirculate the water and create two levels. It gives a very sophisticated appearance, in addition to being relaxing thanks to the sound.
If you have a small garden, you can choose this alternative. Locate the pond in a small corner of the exterior of your house and create an edge of stones that will serve as a step for decoration.
Instead of gravel, you can border it with small plants and, as in the image above, an excellent idea is to use vases or old pots as a source of filling the pond.
Circular pond of plants
Although it is simple, it has its touch. You can include stones or slabs inside the pond so that the bottom looks different and place an edge purely of pure aquatic plants doing the simulation of a wall but completely of flowers.