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Typical mistakes when buying a preformed Pond Liner

Avoid common first time mistakes by reading our vital free garden pond guide. Here we are covering all you need to know about pond liners. After you have decided to build your own pond with lots of individual designs and shapes, it is a good choice to do such a garden pond design with a flexible pond liner. If you are more open to common pond designs, you should choose a pre-manufactured pond shell.

A preformed pond liner will help you to realize your garden pond quick and easy. The range of different pond depths, shapes and sizes is wide.

When buying a preformed pond liner look for weatherproof and UV resistant pond materials. Don't buy pond shells that are not shockproof and frost resistant.

Ponds made of fibreglass and high density polyethylene should be 100% friendly to the ecological balance without giving off dangerous reactions to your pond life.

Ask for a guarantee on durability of the preformed garden pond shells by its manufacturer (at least 10 years).

Below you will find common mistakes that are often happen when buying preformed garden pond liner and building garden ponds for the first time. This guide makes it easy to take precautions against typical pond weak points and to avoid pond liner mistakes.

Avoid typical mistakes when planning your Garden Pond

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Designing the pond size to small is one of the most typical mistakes when planning a garden pond. Garden pond plants and shallow pond zones often take more space as planned in your water garden design before. All species of fish need plenty of space for their mobility. Pond flora and fauna will grow and develop more opulent, if there is enough room to spread. Do not plan your garden pond to small. Starting right from the beginning with a large scale garden pond plan saves you expensive extension work and remodelling of your garden pond after some years.

Another very common mistake is to design a water garden in the shady corner of the garden. To provide enough direct sunlight during the day for your garden pond, without having your house' or some tree's shadow over the water surface, is one of the main premises for a healthy growing and developing water garden. Have also in mind that you have no deciduous tree standing close to your garden pond. Besides its shadow, that you don't need this tree will fill your pond in autumn leaf fall and provide additional work of pond cleaning. Therefore: Design your garden pond away from deciduous trees.

Individual pond shapes are best realized with a flexible pond liner. When laying out the flexible liner material, make sure, that you have removed all sharp stones and roots below it. Otherwise it might break through the pond liner. When working with the flexible pond liner take care that the folia material doesn't gets damaged by shoes, tools or by over stretching. Typical and common weak points of flexible pond liner design often go back to the pond construction.

Who decided to place big garden pond sculptures and gargoyles into his garden pond, has to prepare strong foundations for heavy pond decor before laying out flexible liners or installing preformed pond liners. After installation only light pond decor can be placed inside.

Planning and building your Garden Pond Design with a preformed fibreglass pond has the advantage, that you can construct your water garden by yourself quick and easy. Pond shells made of PVC and Polyethylene have shown a longer durability than flexible pond liner materials. It's a common mistake, that a garden pond cannot be filled properly and the water is flooding over on one side. This problem goes back to the Pond Construction, when the pond shell was not exactly balanced. To solve this in a professional way, you have to re-install your pond shell proper balanced.

If pond shells go baggy or burst open, it is again a typical mistake, that goes back to the pond construction. After installing the pond not all cavities besides and under the pond shell have been filled up with sand. The pressure of tons of water causes tensions and the unequal supported pond walls show those damages.

During heavy rains lots of nutrients are washed from the garden into the pond, if the pond shell has the same level than the surrounding garden. To avoid this common weak point install your preformed pond about 2 inches above garden level and prepare right from the beginning a proper overflow for your garden pond.

Common Mistakes during Garden Pond Planning and Garden Pond Construction

Information on typical weak points with installing pond liners Overview: Typical weak points when building your own pond

  • garden pond is to small
  • not enough sunlight during the day (shadow of the own house,...)
  • there are still sharp stones or roots below the flexible pond liner
  • cavities behind preformed pond shells cause the pond to go baggy or burst
  • preformed pond liner is not balanced
  • pond is less than 2 in above grass level
  • (water from the garden washes into the pond)
  • deciduous trees next to your pond provide shadow and autumn leaf fall
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