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You might have heard about the concept of turning garden lawned areas into 'mini wildflower meadows', where wildflowers are grown to help bees and butterflies. A great way to make your garden more wildlife friendly. Gardenis.co.uk already sells preformed ponds and wildlife pond liner pond kits that are popular, so I thought I'd create a new mini wetland kit, which can help create an area in your garden that resembles a small wetland. It includes
1 small preformed pond
1 medium preformed pond
1 4x3m pond liner
The two preformed ponds can be used to create deeper pools. The pond liner rather than be used to create a deeper pond can be placed in a hole of about 10cm with gravel, logs and rocks to create a shallow area. Alternatively the liner can be cut in half, with one half used for a shallow area, and the other to create a bog garden, by digging a hole of about 15cm deep, placing the liner in, then covering with soil, then plant pond marginal plants. The liner will help keep the soil marshy. Add a variety of native marginal and pond plants, and before long the mini wetland will attract aquatic insects, birds and possibly frogs, newts, toads and dragonflies. The kit can be ordered here;
Dark now an hour later than Christmas Day, snowdrops beginning to emerge in the next couple of weeks, is an early sign the spring season is slowly approaching. All our amphibian friends; frogs, toads and newts will be looking out for a nice pond to lay some spawn and bring some cute little tadpoles into the world.
Now is the time to get ordering and get digging, especially during this boring lockdown! Gardenis sells;
3 sizes of preformed ponds, that are quick and easy to install.
Pond kits, in 3 sizes that include pond liner, underlay and a solar oxygenator
Pond liner and underlay in many sizes
just pond liner in various sizes.
All can help create a lovely pond in your garden that is not only a great place for garden wildlife, they also make an attractive focal point and relaxing feature.
All available in the ponds and water features section;
FLOATING - Water lily, common water-crowfoot, frogbit.
POND EDGES - Marsh marigold, globeflower, pillwort, brooklime, watermint, lesser spearwort, water forgot-me-not.
SUBMERGED - Water violet, rigid hornwort.
Gardenis.co.uk sell 3 sizes of preformed pond;
Small - 85 litres is about the size of a large Belfast sink (£30 inc UK delivery)
Medium - 200 litres is about the size of a small bath (£48 inc UK delivery)
Large - 420 litres, the surface area of an average fireside rug. (£78 inc UK delivery)
(Delivery is usually 1 to 2 days excluding weekends)
Once complete, children can monitor the pond over the next few years to see if it has any attracted any wildlife, such as frogs. Ponds are not suitable for gardens of homes with very young children, eg 3 and under. If one is installed in such a garden, it should be in area only accessible behind a fence, with a locked gate that only adults can open.
A nice article featuring our preformed ponds. Available in 3 sizes. They are perfect for making a small wildlife garden pond, quickly and easily. The article has tips about where to position your pond, and British native aquatic plants that can be added. Did you know the number of ponds have halved in the UK in the last century?! The good news is loads of gardeners are adding them to their gardens, which will all help to restore habitats for frogs, dragonflies, newts etc.