A wonderful mini habitat

Ponds are a wonderful mini habitat to have in your garden, they encourage a variety of wildlife and are great for keen gardeners who are not happy with the wet and slimy pests that are slugs!  Ponds encourage frogs and toads, who will feast on slugs, they are good too for birds that use the water to drink from and bathe in.

It is possible to have a pond, no matter how large or small your garden is and there is a variety of styles and designs to choose from to match any outdoor space.  You can have grand, opulent ponds with water features and waterfalls or just a plain simple pond with a couple of plants in.

A note about safety

There are a couple of things to consider when planning a pond installation.  Safety will undoubtedly be a priority and if you have children or pets, it is worth looking at how you can make the pond area safe for little ones and any four legged friends.  Raised ponds can work well, to avoid dogs from going for a daily swim, but children should always be supervised around any pond.  Netting over bamboo sticks can be a cheaper way to help make your pond safe and not forgetting keeping out any unwanted Herons from picking off your fish!

Preparation is everything

When preparing your area for a pond, it’s important to prepare the ground thoroughly as any uneven ground or sharp stones can cause holes and punctures, resulting in a leaking pond.  It’s far better to spend the time and effort in getting the preparation right as once a pond is filled, it can be very tricky to find a leak!  Depending on the size of your pond, it may be worth investing in a professional installation or advice, as when done properly a pond will last for many years and become a valued investment.  So why not start planning today and create a little wildlife oasis in your garden, where friends and family can enjoy the pleasures of pond life.  Just don’t forget to protect the fish from the local Heron who will have a feast on your little swimmers!

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