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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2014 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If all else fails, you could use your excavation for a bog garden and construct a raised pool nearby.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

we bought the liner on saturday and lined the pond last night; i had been given butyl liner by my father in law,but it was not nearly as big as i expected.

we got the PVC liner out in pond hobby in north dublin- i was asking the chap there about the issue of the high water table, and the liner ballooning. he was saying he's seen it in ponds at the bottom of a slope, but didn't think it was really an issue for ponds on level ground.
also, he'd had a customer return a 5m*4m section of liner as a result of a miscalculation by the customer, so we got a good big section for the price of the measurements we actually needed.

i dug the shelves about twice as deep as they had been, on advice above. so it's just begun to fill, but we only have a 100l water butt, so it's just got a bit in it at the moment.



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

how are the hens doing you should get a few call ducks for the pond Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the hens didn't know what to make of the hole in the ground at first and quickly lost interest in it when they realised there were no worms in it.

i'm going to take the cheap option and teach the hens to swim, will save me buying ducks.
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Don't forget their arm bands! Or will they just be winging it?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

they'll earn their water wings soon enough.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2015 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

an update - tucked the liner in a few weeks back, this is how it's now looking; we've already got some life in it (little red segmented wormlike creatures - am not sure what they are), and what prompted me to post this was just seeing a sparrowhawk taking a bath in it.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2015 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's astonishing the extra variety of wildlife a pond brings into the garden. All the best with it.

I got myself a copy of the Collins Pocket Guide, Freshwater Life of Britain and Northern Europe. It's very useful when I attempt to identify critters. It doesn't include sparrow hawks, though!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats a nice little pond there, could i suggest Bulrishes for the back and marsh marigold to one side and maybe yellow lilly for centre it could make a real nice natural pond if you get the planting right , lets us know of its progress.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cheers; i have some bulrushes which were taken from my father-in-law's pond, but will put them down on a slate or other solid base as i was warned some varieties can puncture liners with their roots.

at the moment, we're leaning towards not artificially adding wildlife (bar what arrives on pond plants) to see what makes its way there naturally.

i've found out that the little red segmented worms are midge larvae.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

just in regards to the concerns about the water table - we did have some sustained heavy rain a few weeks after i filled the pond, and the water table rose significantly, but there was no ballooning of the liner, so so far so good.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In hindsight, I wish I'd had the patience to wait and see what nature might have brought. It would have been fun, watching species arrive. Even so, there were mosquito larvae present almost as soon as I filled the pond and I certainly didn't add them!

Iris has established well in my pond, along with purple loosestrife, marsh marigolds, small lillies, water soldiers, water hyacinth and a floating pond weed that looks like elodea but is native and not rampant.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pond look great - we were lucky to have one when we moved in (frog spawn and all) - so good luck with it. My one small query would be about the steepness of the edges? I can't tell if there are shallow sloping edges anywahere to let things crawl out (Frogs need this as well as Hedgehogs). A rounded stone or two (with no sharp edges) on top of the liner might be all you need.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the far side (the concave bit) has a slope of less than 30 degrees from the horizontal, with some shelves near the lobes, so shouldn't be too much of an issue - i think.
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