How to design your Garden 4 Ponds

This is how to design your garden part 4 we’ve talked about what you want to do in your garden. We talked about where the sun travels and we are going to put various things in your garden. We talked about the hard Landscaping.

As a wildlife friendly Garden designer, one of the most important parts of any Garden has to be the pond, we’ve got a pond here under the shelter of the Copper Beech Tree and you know, it’s funny. We used to have decking here under the beech tree, and we never used it. Until we cleared everything away and we installed our pond.

And we spend hours up here now.  Maybe it’s just a little water. Maybe it’s the shade tree or the sunshine when the beach three things, but there’s something about water and the sound of water which can bring a Garden to Life, just for us, but if we go past that and we think about the creatures that live in it and I’m not talking about fish here. We’re not great fans of fish in ponds unless the ponds big, but the the likes of damselflies dragonflies frogs newt, maybe toads water boatman Pond skaters Waterhog Louse.

All of those creatures the larvae goes with them. There’s more life in a pond than in just about any other medium. And that’s life you bring into your garden and you might have heard me mention before that the more life you bring it to your garden, the more life you surround yourself with, the more life you have in your life, and that’s pretty special and then you might say well we need to actually think about that pond a little further. You see we’ve got a split-level Pond and if you look behind me, you can see there’s a line which is the edge of our upper Pond and the lower Pond is fairly clear. We like to get up with sometimes soak our feet in it. We put our feet in the water. It’s a kind of, a bit of a meditation or thinking area around the side of the pond.

Put the bottom level which is where after the water has cascaded and the side is our Wildlife Pond. And if you look you can see in there this calthi, theres purple loosestrife, there’s irises Potamogeton and other oxygenators and it’s just bursting with life and that’s fantastic. You know, what on one occasion we found a dead or not quite dead a dying dragonfly on the ponds edge, that’s a good sign because that means she’s coming the end of her life cycle and she’s just laid eggs in the water. And that should mean that probably next year. Maybe they see this year. We’re going to see some dragonfly larvae in the pond that just might mean we’re going to get some dragonflies emerge from it. And that is amazing. Don’t get me started on dragonflies. I love them.

Maybe that’s another video in itself, I talk a lot about them. So one of the most important things when designing your garden is to think about how you’re going to have a pond? where you’re going to have a pond? What’s the purpose of the pond? Is it for you? Is it for wildlife? by the way if it’s for wildlife and obviously it should be, make sure that Wildlife can actually get out of the pond. Okay. It’s become a very long video, but hopefully an Interesting one,

Simon Pollard

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