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How to make a raised pond and rockery

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I have always wanted a wildlife water feature in my back garden. I eventually got around to making one. It is slightly larger than I expected but none the less a welcome addition to the house.

This instructable shows how I got round to making it. This mainly consists of a series of diagrams combined with a few actual photos.

I hope you may find this useful.

Share & Enjoy.

Zippy.
 
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Step 2: Flatten required area

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It will make things a lot easier if you try and flatten the area you plan to use. This means that you'll not end up with shallow water in your deep end and water overflowing the shallow end.

Step 3: Create shuttering for concrete base

I was advised by a good friend that it would be useful to create a concrete base on which to place the pond wall. As the concrete ring is relatively level it should be easy to make sure the pond wall is of a similar depth all around.

To make the ring I simply dug out a small channel in the ground, for the required shape, and placed small pieces of 4mm plywood (I had some scrap from a previous project) to create some shuttering. To get the sides of the pond level I used a long builders level. If a piece of plywood was too high I hit it with a large hammer/mallet until it was in the right place.

Step 4: Remove concrete shuttering

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Once the concrete has been allowed to go off for a a day or so, take out the plywood shuttering.

It's not a good idea to leave it in as the wood could splinter and then puncture the pond liner.

Let the concrete go off for a few more days. Take a day off, go kayaking, partying etc.
grundisimo5 years ago
Do you have any fish?
bunglesmate (author)  grundisimo5 years ago
I have not put coi or goldfish in there as they would eat their way thorugh the frogs I hope to attact. I did put some native sticklebacks in to keep the mosquitos down. They work very well.
I know this is a delayed comment, but I've just recently been researching this. What type of fish would be ideal to keep a frog population lower? My last pond (my green/damaged pool) attracted hundreds of frogs. At my new house, we don't have any water/pools currently but we still have a large number of frogs in the area. What can I do over the winter to prevent a frog invasion when the weather warms up more? (Central Florida)
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Oh that is supposed to be if you could figure out how to keep a snake or cat or something like that(that eats frogs)in your yard that would keep the frog population down.
Yeah, not sure the wife and little kids would be that thrilled to replace frogs with snakes. But I think we'd need a small army of cats to be effective. I'd rather just repel them than kill them.
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I live near a lake and halve gathered information about the population of fish. Trout i have heard eat frogs so do black-tailed bass.
bunglesmate (author)  emjay5 years ago
Hi there Emjay, No problem. I was advised not to keep goldfish as they chomp their way through tadpoles. Also I don't think frogs like moving water to spawn in so if you could get some movement in the water by putting in a pump of some description this might help lower the population if it doesn't remove them all together. If the pump could be used to create a raised stream/waterfall all the better. Share & Enjoy. Zippy.
Very nice! A running water system will allow you the opportunity to add filtration of some kind. Eventually, you will see some algal growth, perhaps even a stubborn bloom, and that can be discouraging. Adding larger water plants will also help keep algal blooms in check.

I live in a tropical area and was myself considering a salt/brackish water pond, with mangroves and tidal motion devices. Your instructable has inspired me to go on and get it done. Thanks.
LinuxH4x0r5 years ago
Very nice! Could you do an ible about your bog? I am interested in setting up one for my pitcher plants.
Hehe to me bog means toilet...
My Dog had puppies.
bunglesmate (author)  LinuxH4x0r5 years ago
I am working on this and will post soon (hopefully)
irrilia5 years ago
Beautiful! I think maybe even I could do this in my yard! I think.
JakeTobak5 years ago
Amazing, a little bit above my skill level though :P
bunglesmate (author)  JakeTobak5 years ago
To be brutally honest it didn't take a great lot of skill to make it. It was mainly the heavy rocks and cement that took the time. Even the interior wall doesn't have to be perfect just reasonably upright. You could replace the blocks and rocks with wood sleepers on either side of the liner etc. Z.
bunglesmate (author) 5 years ago
Well thanks a lot for the positive comments. I will try and get one done for other parts of my garden as well. I think this could get quite addictive.
Chefboy63825 years ago
This is awesome, Well done!!!!!!
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