DIY with Marcel: how to build your own pond!
A pond creates beautiful fauna & flora in your garden. But how do you go about it?
We clear it up for you with our simple five-step plan & answer your questions like "when do I build a pond?" and "which plants belong in the pond?".
Step 1: the right location & pond design!
When do I build the pond?You can build a pond all year round, but spring (March/April) is still the best time! This allows the pond to find a good biological balance, and gives the pond plants enough time to grow & bloom.
Where should I build the pond?A pond needs sunlight (preferably 6 to 8 hours). This allows the plants to grow wonderfully & do their (purifying) work. Do you dig a pond in a shady spot? Then the plants will struggle and algae will triumph. We also advise you not to dig the pond too close to a tree. This prevents the strong tree roots from damaging the liner & your pond from being covered with a layer of falling leaves in autumn.
The pond designA pond is beautiful to look at but requires some preparatory work. Hold your spade and don't start digging enthusiastically & thoughtlessly, but make a drawing of how you want to lay out your pond. The ideal pond is divided into different zones; after all, every plant & animal has different needs. Is your pond not deep enough? Then the fish will have nowhere to go during the harsh winter & algae will quickly take over your pond. Is your pond too deep? Then the water won't warm up enough for your aquatic plants during spring.
The 3 zones of the pond:
Tip from Marcel: want to fill your pond with industrious fish? Then be sure to install a filter pump! Fish pollute the pond with their faeces. These are broken down by the bacteria in the pond, but the filter pump also helps. In addition, it provides more oxygen in the water.
Step 2: get that spade out
Pond plan ready? Dig away!
Tip from Marcel: keep in mind that the pond zones will still be covered with 10cm of gravel or pond substrate.