Edge an informal wildlife pond

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Edge the pond with stones that trap the liner to finish vertically:

Adding stone to the shelf edge

Adding stone to the shelf edge

  • Before adding rocks to the shelf area lay an off cut of liner on the shelf to protect it from damage.
  • Add the rocks or cobbles to trap the liner between them and the ground around the pond.
  • Hold the folds in place and the vertical upstand in position by piling the stones up against the rim.
  • Blend the hard landscaping from the shelf level and up and over the rim edge. The vertical liner should be covered and not seen
  • Water will fill halfway up the vertical liner upstand 
  • Leave pockets or gaps between the rocks to add baskets of suitable plants later
  • Plants will grow between or over the hard landscaping and soften the look.
One side completed and trimmed off at ground level

One side completed and trimmed off at ground level

 

completed pond with no liner showing

completed pond with no liner showing

  • When all the stone work is in there should be no slack in the liner and all folds should be weighted into position
  • Fill the top shelf with water to its planned level
  • Wait a few days to check your pond holds water and is not leaking
  • Trim off or dig the surplus liner behind/under the last row of stone 
  • The finished pond with all edges complete has no liner visible.
  • The stone forms the link between the water and the rest of the garden both visually and for the wildlife visitors
  •  Plants can then be added. Read our Tips and Advice on How to plant a pond

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