The pond edging is something which you can take into account already during the design stage of your pond. For example, if you want a natural pond, you can opt for an edge of natural materials or applying planting around the pond. If you opt for a stark design, you should finish the pond side in a beautiful stark way, for example with natural stone.
The possibilities to finish a pond side are in principle infinite. And so are the options for the material which you are going to use for it. Materials that are much used to finish a pond side include boulders, gravel, wood, planting, grass sods, natural stone or peat blocks.
Tips for pond edging
We have some useful tips for you, when constructing pond edges:
- Take care that the pond side is situated somewhat higher than the garden mould. In this way you prevent enriched and fertilized garden mould from falling into the pond. This avoid any forming of algae and acidification of pond water.
- The finish of the pond side should be applied firmly and frost-free. Especially if projecting materials such as tiles and natural stones are involved. You don’t only prevent the pond side from tilting over, but also their freezing to pieces in winter.
- When applying the pond side please mind that no cement may fall from the pond side into the pond. Wooden parts you should better fasten with screws on the underlying bricks of the pond side.
- When fastening the pond edge it is better not to use materials which, if they are continuously in contact with pond water, can give off poisonous substances. This holds good for both metals, such as copper, lead, tin and zinc, but also for example for limy stone and cement. However, you can impregnate stone before applying it.
- When using peat (blocks) you should take care that they are not constantly in contact with pond water. In order to prevent acidification of the pond water.
- When using (hard)wood as pond edge, you should use best wood untreated with lye or impregnated wood because they might also give off poisonous substances. This also applies to the use of larix wood.
- In case of a liner pond you can not apply bamboo, reed or large reed mace along the sides. Their rhizomes will perforate the liner and the pond will start leaking in the end.