Ponds are one of the best ways to create habitat and invite wildlife into your garden, which we explored in previous weeks with “Wildlife ponds in your garden” and “Plants for your Wildlife pond“. To show you how a pond can enhance your garden we will be following Dawn’s garden as it receives a wildlife makeover.
Under the beautiful Chaenomeles is a tiny plastic bucket which serves as the current wildlife pond for this garden. As a start to Dawn’s garden makeover we prune back the Chaenomeles and brambles, remove the small plastic tub and create a new pond planted up with native aquatic plants including Butomus umbellatus (Flowering Rush), Myosotis scorpiodies (Water Forget me not), Nymphaea candidissima (Hardy waterlily) and Myriophyllum spicatum (Spiked Milfoil).
Wildlife ponds will take time to establish and requires 33% of the pond to contain oxygenating plants along with half the surface area being covered by leaf growth during the Summer months.
The centre of the pond is 1 metre deep, this allows hibernating creatures to survive winter when the surface water freezes over. Shelf 1 (the outer most shelf) is 10 cm deep, with a natural slope to allow wildlife (such as hedgehogs) an easy exit point from your pond.
Whilst filling the pond we had a visit from a local already looking to move house.
Moss covered logs create an attractive border to one side of the pond, while also creating habitat for insects and frogs to hide in.
Logs close to the waters edge also create a safe place for birds to get a drink.
If you would like any garden inspiration, or work carried out within your garden/green space then contact us at Wildlife & Eco Gardens, via phone, e-mail or Facebook. We are always happy to help people create and maintain beautiful outdoor spaces for both you and nature.