How to Make a Pond With Loam and Clay

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Making a Clay Pond

One of the most natural ponds that you can have is a clay pond. Sometimes you have clay and loam in the soil naturally and if you add additional clay and loam in the hole that you have dug for your pond, you can have the benefit of a pond that holds water without using a liner, concrete, or other substance, but this is a very unusual occurrence.

Normally, you have to prepare the clay as a pond foundation to make the pond that you are looking for.

How to make clay ponds

A clay pond has many advantages and disadvantages, which is why it is important to carefully research your choice to ensure that you will get the most from your pond and your backyard.

One of the advantages is that it is a natural material. Many of the flexible liner options tend to leech chemicals into the water, due to their toxicity and material make-up. Clay will not due this, because it is a natural material that is common to the environment. This makes it a great choice for fish ponds, simply because it will not harm the fish. It will also not harm the plant life that is in and around the pond.

If the clay is laid correctly, it will hold water without any issues and will hold up well to weather and normal use. The clay core is a foundational liner, much like the flexible liners or the preformed pond shells that you find. The clay and loam is packed down and layered to make a strong and stable surface that will keep water in the pond without any problems.

Some disadvantages to a clay and loam pond is that it is often difficult to get it to hold water. Unless the building process is done carefully, it will leak and not hold water, which will defeat the purpose for building the pond. If this occurs, your time will be wasted, as well as the money that you spend purchasing the clay for your pond. A geosynthetic clay liner can be used to help line your clay pond to keep the water in if you cannot keep it from leaking.

Still another disadvantage is the growth of plant life. Due to the fact that the base of the pond is a natural material, it is an excellent growing ground for plants. This makes keeping the plants from growing very difficult and almost impossible. With a little work, effort, and time, however, you may be able to hold back the growth of the plants, so that you can enjoy your pond.

Whether you build a purely clay pond or you use a geosynthetic clay liner, you will enjoy having a more natural pond for your use. Whether you use it as a water garden, fishpond, or purely for irrigation, you will find that it can add life and beauty to your yard. By comparing the advantages and disadvantages, you will be able to make a decision that you will enjoy and be satisfied with.

Pro and contra: Garden pond made of loam and clay

Advantages of concrete garden ponds Advantages of clay ponds

  • the natural material provides a great environment for all pond life
  • no chemicals can damage your eco-system or harm your fish

Disadvantages of concrete water gardens Disadvantages of loam ponds

  • loam and clay ponds may leak, if they are not laid out correctly
  • construction takes more time
  • plant life may grow more excessive than in other ponds
How to build a loam and clay garden pond in your backyard
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