Planting the pond shelves - shelf 0, shelf 1 & shelf 2 depth

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Planting pond marginal shelves:

We have taken into account the depth of the basket we send each plant in to calculate how deep the plant will be in the water when placed on a particular depth shelf.

Symbol Shelf depth in cm Shelf depth in inches
<p>Suitable for waterlogged soil (wet mud)</p> wet mud wet mud
<p>Suitable for shelf depth 13-15cm(5-6”) or waterlogged mud </p> 13 -15 5 - 6
<p>Suitable for shelf depth 14-22cm (approx 6-9”)</p> 15 -22 6 - 9
<p>Suitable for shelf depth 23-44cm (approx 10-17”) below water surface</p> 23 - 44 10 - 17
<p>Suitable for shelf depth 45cm+ (approx 18”+) below water surface level</p> 45 + 18 +

 

  • Build your pond and create the right depth shelves into your construction
  • Build a shelf at 5-6" 13-15cm)
  • Another shelf at 6-9" (15-22cm)
  • Possibly a shelf at 10-17" (23-44cm)
  • And a base of 2'6"(75cm).
  • Most shelf area should be shelf 0 and shelf 1.
  • 2/3rds of a wildlife pond should be shelved with 1/3rd of the area being at the base level.
  • Fish ponds could have a larger and deeper base area   - 1/2 deep water and 1/2 shelves.
  • We recommend a minimum of 3 x 1 litre marginal aquatic baskets per metre length on a shelf, with more if the shelf is wider than 30cm(12") or if a full look is required quickly.

Water depth is vital to marginal pond plants:

  • Too deep and some varieties will not thrive,
  • Too shallow and some varieties will not receive the frost/ice protection over their crowns.
  • Some plants can cope with a wide variety of shelf depths.

If you have dug the shelf too deep for a particular plant species:

  • replant into a taller basket so that the top of the basket is at the correct depth or
  • raise it by using blue engineering bricks or another basket filled part way up with gravel.

Wet mud <p>Suitable for waterlogged soil (wet mud)</p> : Plants with their crowns at ground level but roots in wet mud:

  • Plants that grow in wet mud in a sloping beach area of a pond, in a muddy bog garden alongside or on a wet, muddy stream edge

Shelf  Suitable for shelf depth 13-15cm(5-6”) or waterlogged mud : Plants that sit with their crowns at/near water level:

  • Plants that are placed with their roots/baskets in water but with a little or no water over their crowns.
  • Shelf pond plants can be divided into 2 types -
  • horizontal spreaders across the water - rafting plants
  • vertically up and out of the water - emergent plants
  • Your pond should contain a mix of both to create different wildlife habitats.
  • Container pond planting collections are mostly shelf 0 plants as the plant support grid sits in position with approximately 2cm(1") of water over the top of an 11cm basket.
  • A pond with no shelves in its construction - use floating planting islands that float the crown of the plants on/near the water surface using plants listed Suitable for shelf depth 13-15cm(5-6”) or waterlogged mud .

Shelf Suitable for shelf depth 14-22cm (approx 6-9”) : Plants that want more water over the top of the basket:

  • Plants that are placed with up to 13cm(5") of water over the top of the basket.

Shelf Suitable for shelf depth 23-44cm (approx 10-17”) : Plants for a deeper shelf:

  • Robust plants that enjoy a deeper shelf that places the crown of the plant in water without risk of ice penetrating the pond to that depth.

The miniature and dwarf waterlilies can be placed onto a pond shelf or at the base of our patio container pond at shelf Suitable for shelf depth 14-22cm (approx 6-9”) or a shallow shelf Suitable for shelf depth 23-44cm (approx 10-17”) depth.

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