Installing your pre-formed pond

At Aquatic Village we stock a wide range of preformed ponds. The desire to create your own water garden is, understandably, very strong. If you’ve never had a pond before, there are one or two things you need to know before rushing to the garden shed for your spade, including: Position, Power & Safety.

Position

Part of your preparations involve choosing a site and several factors must be taken into consideration.  The most important is correct orientation for sunlight. This is essential where a biological balance is to be maintained, the energy of the sun being vital both to fish, in activating them by warm water temperatures and to plants for correct growth. It can also be just as important a consideration for other forms of water feature as the interaction of sunlight and water is often the main attraction.

Power

From a practical point of view you must consider the best position in relation to the water and electricity supplies as it could be very expensive to lead supplies over long distances. When installing electrics always use an appropriate R.C.D (trip switch). If in doubt please consult an electrician.

Safety

If there are young children in the family it would be wiser to position the pond where it can be easily seen from the house for safety reasons.

Installing your pre-formed Pond

Stage 1

Place the pond in position and carefully mark out its shape with pegs or a trail of sand or flour.

Stage 3

Reposition the pond, mark out the inner deeper section and continue digging out to the bottom. Remove any loose stones or sharp objects from the hole and spread a layer of damp sand approximately 5cm (2”) thick over the bottom of the hole. Check the level at the bottom.

Stage 2

Check the surface level and start digging down to the shelf

Stage 4

Position the pond in the hole and firmly backfill with sand or soil. Your pond is now ready to fill with water and finish with your choice of edging.