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If you already have a pond, or are thinking of building one, you should also consider adding a stream - it creates so much interest. Pumping water around the system also ensures good aeration, which keeps the water clean and encourages pond-life.


The Challenge
Our client dreamt of having a pond filled by a stream. In fact they had already started work on the job themselves. After hours of back breaking work they decided help was required and gave us a call.

They had already partly dug the hole for the pond and there was also a pile of stone for the rockery. Our job was to carry on where they'd left off, using the existing materials.


Before - picking up the pieces
 
After - a calm and peaceful pool

Designing the Garden
The garden already had a slope to it, so we decided to make good use of this by designing a stream that would wind its way down to a pool.

The property was surrounded by fields, and the rocks that were on site had weathered nicely. This gave us the opportunity to create a feature that looked very natural.

A formal pool would have looked really out of place. As part of the planning we picked through the rocks, making sure that their strata lines faced in the same direction. This is how rock appears in natural formations, so it adds realism. Any rocks that had already been worn naturally by water were earmarked for placing in the stream.


Construction
When making a stream you want it to look realistic, but you need to construct it in such a way that you don't have too much water movement. If you don't, one of two things may occur. Either the water level of the pond drops dramatically when the pump is switched on (because so much water is being moved through the system). Or the pond overflows when the pump is switched off.

To create a realistic flow without these problems you should place miniature pools throughout the streams course. These will slow the water-flow, without reducing it to a trickle.

Also make sure that the rocks hide all of the liner. Even a square inch showing will instantly catch the eye and spoil the illusion.


Tips from the Design Team
  • Placing rocks near the edges of a pond provide an exit route for any small animals that accidentally fall in.

  • Complex filtration systems do not really have a place in natural water features. Also they are very expensive. If you get a problem with algae, try putting in a bundle of barley straw. This will often do the trick.


 

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