Natural stone pond edge
The most commonly used natural stone for a pond edge is granite. Usually in combination with a pond equipped with pond liner. In this way you hide the liner sides. Granite is mined in large pieces and can be found in countries including Belgium, Norway, Sweden and France. The material consists of minerals. These minerals also determine the colour. The most occurring colours in which granite is available are black, pink and white. Granite is a 100% natural product. It is formed when magma solidifies underground. The price of granite is determined by the rarity of its composition. Bluestone, free stone and river stones are good alternatives.
Chinese blue stone
Chinese blue stone is by far the most popular natural stone product of the last few years. These compact greyish /blue lime stones were formed millions of years ago. Limestone is characterized by its numerous fossils and spots which show in the stone. Chinese blue stone is of excellent quality and has a beautiful colour. Besides, it has a timeless character, whereas it can be applied for many types of ponds. Owing to lime deposit, Chinese blue stone will recover itself in case of small damage. Spots and superficial scratches will disappear by themselves. Through the years the deposit of lime will cause the product to turn grey.
Vietnamese Bluestone pond side
A mix of grey and blue characterizes this Vietnamese blue stone. It will hardly scratch and with the lapse of time this limestone will become somewhat lighter thus producing a beautiful aged appearance. The beautiful colours, however, will be retained. In this way you can enjoy a Vietnamese Bluestone pond side for a long time. Its price /quality ratio is favourable .
Advantages of natural stone
The advantages of granite is that it is as hard as rock, scratch-proof and wearing resistant owing to its curing process of sometimes over thousands of years. Granite can also be built well in blocks. Besides granite has a natural and chic appearance. However, a pond side of natural stone also has a disadvantage. If you should need an additional length of pond side in a later stage, it will take quite some research to find pieces of natural stone resembling, considering colour and structure the natural stone present.
Tip when applying natural stone
We have a tip for you, if you are going to use natural stone for your pond side. Wait constructing the natural stone pond side till the pond has been filled with water. By the filling process the liner will start setting, as a result of which it will get moving . If you would apply the side prior to filling, this could cause the sides to break loose and /or the pond liner to start tearing.
Maintenance of natural stone
Pond sides from natural stone are often showing a layer of dirt and algae with the lapse of time. There are special brushes been developed to keep the sides clean. The hair of these brushes are flexible and yet strong enough to remove dirt and algae easily and with little effort.