FINISHING THE POND:

The type of stone used in and around the pond is important.  Select from river stone, boulders, slate, sandstone, flagstone, brick, lava rock or basalt.  These types of stone do not leach harmful substances into the water.  Only use limestone that has been weathered outdoors for at least six months.  Lime is very alkaline, and will drastically affect the pH of the water, harming fish and plants.  Be careful too when mortaring pavers and rocks around the pond.  Cement dust contains high levels of lime.


You can choose to use pressure treated wood around the edges of the pond - this will last much longer than untreated wood.  Do not use railway sleepers - they often contain high levels of oil, tar, and harmful herbicides.

EDGING TIP

To prevent the liner from showing when water is in the pond, choose from the following two edging finishes:

1.    Dig an edging shelf twice the depth of your stone.  Make sure the liner is large enough to cover the additional ledge.  Place the first layer of stone, wrap the liner behind and over this layer, trim, and place the second layer of stone on top.  The water level can go as high as the middle of the first layer of stone.

2.    Dig an edging shelf the depth and width of the stone you want to use.  Make sure the liner is large enough to allow for this additional ledge.  Lay the first layer of stone, and then lay the second layer of stone above it.  The water level can go as high as the middle of the first layer of stone.

 

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