Autumn Pond Installation Tips from Clearpond
When is it a good time to install a pond? NOW!
Oddly enough, installing a pond in autumn and winter is actually the best time to undertake such a project. Ponds are much like gardens whereas installing plants in autumn and winter so they can establish before summer, is integral to their initial growth, health and long term wellbeing.
A few good things about putting a pond in over autumn and winter is that the pond will have plenty of time to establish itself and maintain a healthy balance. That way it is ready for the heat that summer brings and as it is cooler, the ponds inhabitants are easily able to settle in.
Putting a pond in now is also easier on the installer, the pond liner isn’t as hot to touch and the temperature is lower, so it is more comfortable to excavate and install. Rain water may even be used to fill the pond, saving money as well!
Location, Location, Location.
Just like building your own home. It’s all about location.
The ideal position for any pond is an area that gets good sun and a little shade. Six hours of light will be sufficient for plants and fish however you should consider some form of filtration. You may be able to create shade with careful consideration when planting out your pond and surrounding garden.
Ground levels are a factor when considering where to place your pond. Level ground will make it easier to build but for those areas that are not, you can build up your levels using excess soil that you remove from the pond site.
Run off will pollute a pond every time you water or it rains. To avoid this, take into consideration the natural fall of the land. Gullies and low spots that will fill with water from heavy rain must be avoided. Garden run off can be redirected through the use of capillary barriers or other external drainage.
Leaves will break down in water and release nutrients that feed algae so avoid building your pond directly under large trees that drop leaves and flowers. Root damage can also be avoided by staying well clear of trees. If you have a leaf problem, try using an internal pond skimmer to collect them.
Power is needed to operate pumps, filters and lights. Most pond pumps come with a 10m lead but you may need to get power moved to your pond; if this is the case please use a qualified electrician. If power is unable to be installed to the desired location you could consider using the range of solar pond pumps.
Ground substrates will determine in which way you build you pond. Sandy soils may need to be strengthened using a sand cement mix, clay is ideal for shaping the perfect pond and may need no more preparation than a good pond liner underlay. Rock is the least desirable substrate to be digging in to, so if you do hit rock; ensure there are no sharp pieces that could damage the liner. A better option may be to build above ground.