Applying the finishing touches to your pond
Finish your garden pond as you wish - local random stone and
grass looks more natural for a wildlife pond. For safety, set
the stone on a mortar mix and check for level. A grass edge
will eventually hide the liner and provide shelter for your
baby frogs within the pond.
Tap water is high in chlorine which could harm your pond life. The
chlorine content will disappear before your pond is colonized, although
our first adult frogs appeared within a week of the pond being filled!
A bucketful of water from an established pond will give your pond
a 'kick start' but give a week for the chlorine to evaporate.
Flat stones lowered, carefully, into the water will give
your pond creatures somewhere to hide from predators, including
the inevitable heron. A shallow pebble beach will allow
small animals safe access to the water. Large pavings round a wildlife pond are best avoided, as frogs can stick to hot stones and then dehydrate.
Outside the pond you can use spare liner, punctured with holes to
create a mini bog garden for moisture loving plants. Tall grasses,
logs, large stones set one on top of the other, and planting round
the back edge of your pond will encourage insects and animals
and create a hiding place for your amphibious pond life.
All ponds need a balance to keep the water clear. This is achieved
with pond plants.
Wildlife pond building - This is page 6 of 8
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