Constructing biological plant pond
Simon van der Velde
We talk about an organic plant pond when the aquatic plants keep the pond in biological balance. In this type of pond, no chemical or mechanical means are used. People choose this pond because of its low-maintenance nature and natural look. Read below how this type of pond can be constructed.
All about organic plant ponds
- Determine design
- Choosing suitable location
- Collecting supplies
- Ask for help
- Make a plan for the layout
Planning an organic plant pond is essential for a successful project. Before you begin excavating the pond, you must have a clear plan. Carefully consider where you want to place the pond, determine the desired size and depth, and make sure it fits harmoniously into the overall landscape. Once your design is complete, you can prepare a thoughtful plan for the construction of the organic plant pond. Think about the space needed for your desired plants and animals and sketch a design that takes their needs into account. Create shallow areas specifically intended for marsh and riparian plants, deeper sections for other plant species, and add a plant filter if necessary. This will result in a balanced and attractive pond that provides a healthy habitat for diverse flora and fauna.
Choosing suitable location
Site selection is a crucial step in building an organic plant pond, as it determines the success and health of your pond ecosystem. Make sure you choose a site that receives adequate sunlight, preferably at least 4-6 hours per day. Sunlight is essential for the growth of aquatic plants and promotes biodiversity in and around the pond. This creates a vibrant environment with colorful flora and fauna. It is also important to pay attention to overhanging trees. Although trees are beautiful in your garden, falling leaves can pollute the pond and make the water murky. The leaves add nutrients to the water, which can lead to excessive algae growth and other problems. Therefore, choose a location without overhanging trees, or consider placing a net over the pond to keep leaves from falling. By being attentive in selecting the right location with adequate sunlight and protection from leaves, you will lay a solid foundation for creating a beautiful and healthy organic plant pond. This will result in a natural oasis full of life and beauty that you can enjoy for years to come.
For digging an organic plant pond, there are several tools that can come in handy. If you don't have an excavator, you can always use a shovel, spade or shovel to get the job done. Make sure you have measuring tools, such as measuring tapes, pegs and ropes, on hand to determine the desired size and shape of the pond before you start digging. Safety is important, so wear work gloves and safety glasses while digging and handling tools. A durable pond liner is essential to prevent water from seeping into the ground; EPDM rubber or PVC liners are popular options. A level is useful for checking that the bottom of the pond is level and that you are reaching the correct depth. A pond pump is not necessary if you set up your pond correctly; this will save you a lot of time and money. How to set up the pond in a completely natural way we will tell you later. Finally, if you want to place stones, rocks or wooden elements around the pond, make sure you have the necessary building materials to decorate it to your liking.
Ask for help
Preparation is half the battle, so make sure you have a clear plan and knowledge before you begin... Because building an organic plant pond can be a challenging task, especially if you have no experience with pond construction or landscaping. So read up well in advance with our Pond Advice Book from pond specialist Simon and form a clear plan. After this, it is helpful to ask for help from family, friends or a professional team in constructing your organic plant pond. Asking for help in constructing your organic plant pond offers many advantages and increases the chances of success.
Make a plan for the layout
Constructing an organic plant pond correctly is just as important as setting it up properly. To keep the pond naturally clear and healthy with minimal maintenance, a proper setup plan is essential. Finding the right balance and mix of aquatic plant species, as well as adding beneficial bacteria to the pond, are crucial steps. With us, you'll find help and information on our "Setting up an organic plant pond" page.
Frequently asked questions about organic plant ponds
The ideal depth of an organic plant pond can vary depending on several factors, such as the size of the pond, the climate, the plant species you want to use and the desired biodiversity. However, it is generally recommended that an organic plant pond have an average depth of about 60-80 centimeters.
In general, it is recommended that an organic plant pond have an area of at least 10-15 square meters. This provides sufficient space for a diverse range of aquatic plants and also provides an attractive environment for various animal species.
Simon van der Velde
Pond specialist and aquatic plant grower since 1986
Simon's vision is to let nature do its work in your pond. No need to buy all kinds of measuring equipment and water improvers. If the fish are swimming nicely and the plants are growing well, then the water in the pond is of good quality. With a good planting plan and the right approach, you can save a lot of money and maintenance, and ensure a clear, biologically balanced pond that becomes more beautiful every year.