In 2015 we decided to make a wildlife pond in the back garden. I loved it from the start and was so excited when we got our first clump of frog spawn!
I can’t remember when we started to have problems with it but a few years in and it seemed to be losing water. It would go quite low and we’d have to top it up with water from the rain barrel.
I loved it, though, especially when it looked this:
Cheap Pond Liner
We put the water loss problem down to having bought a cheap pond liner and decided it needed to be fixed using a better quality liner.
However, we kept putting it off for numerous reasons, but mainly because we didn’t want to disturb the pond while there were clumps of frogspawn or tadpoles or frogs in there.
This doesn’t leave much of the year to do it, though, and this year Ant decided he was just going to get on and make a bigger and better wildlife pond.
Bushes, Plants & Trees
He had to cut our mock orange bush back first as it was growing out over the pond.
He also had to dig up and put the heather plants in pots and dig up and move the weeping willow tree.
We didn’t think things through when we planted the tiny weeping willow tree that we picked up on impulse at Asda one day.
When it grew and was full of leaves every Summer, it was the first and only thing you could really see through the patio doors in the living room! It blocked the view of the rest of the garden.
Bigger & Better Wildlife Pond
He ordered a Butyl Rubber pond liner and a good quality underlay then proceeded to empty the pond.
He emptied the water into some containers, removed the old liner and started digging the new pond.
There were quite a few frogs in the pond when he was emptying it. He said it made him feel rushed and like he had to get the job done asap because of them. However, the next day he saw some of them had gone into the water containers and seemed happy enough so he placed logs and things in and around the containers so they could get in and out and now he feels better and less rushed!
The garden looks like a building site but at least it now looks like we’re working on it and not just leaving it to grow wild!
Last week I wrote about wanting a Japanese Garden but this week, I think I’ve changed my mind!
I don’t exactly know what I want yet but I’ll be spending lots of time on Pinterest looking for ideas 🙂