Creating Natural Ponds Helps The Environment

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Natural ponds have lots of life. Natural ponds are some of the most important aspects of the conservation of our wildlife, both animal and plant. All types of species are drawn to them from dragonflies and pond skaters, to frogs, turtles and sometimes even the chance of a fox. Wild ponds are disappearing at a truly alarming rate and as they disappear forever they are taking the animals and plants that depend on them for their survival with them. Animals must seek out other watering holes that may not be safe for them.

The animals end up drinking from contaminated sources such as sewage runoff ditches, chemical dumps or drainage. They are poisoned by foreign substances and die. These species that need wild watering holes are slowly disappearing and there may not be a way back for their kind. And remember, its not just the animals that visit these watering holes that suffer when the pond is filled in. Thousands of pond life are instantly buried alive when the pond is destroyed to make way for a new freeway because its cheaper to fill in a hole than it is to over or around.

Because these wild ponds are disappearing many pond keepers now consider building a natural pond in their garden. More than ever, this type of pond attracts wildlife in abundance simply because the animals are running out of places to go. These mini oasis give pond keepers hours of enjoyment and fun as well as a feeling of well being.

The Design And Maintenance

Natural ponds should be as large as you can possibly make them but no matter what size, they are still very valuable to wildlife. There should be a good mixture of both shade and light and the sides should have gently sloping shelves to provide different depths. Natural ponds should be irregular in shape and look as if they have been there since time began. Your pond liner should be protected with two layers of sand, put one layer in the hole before laying the liner and then another layer on top of the liner. Water straight from the tap can be used to fill your natural pond. Plants will quickly start to fill your pond so you should remove any excess weeds, leaving about 70% of the pond clear.

Clean the pond sporadically by removing unwanted plants or weeds. Its a good idea to leave these close by the side of the water for a few hours so that any pond life that are hidden among them can make their way back to the water. Never weed during early spring as this is when amphibians and invertebrates breed and they attach their eggs to the weeds and plants.

Always choose plants that are local to your area. This will keep the wildlife happy and you happy because they are much more likely to thrive and not die off. When choosing your plants at the garden center don't be tempted by any pond statues or other ornaments. I've seen several ponds where the owner has created a lovely natural presence only to ruin it by sticking a statue of a little boy peeing! It will ruin your hard work and the animals don't like it either. You have created a natural pond that will attract plenty of wildlife and your pond itself will be full of life once your eco system kicks in. You will get endless enjoyment from a natural pond and you can pat yourself on the back for being eco friendly.

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Author: Kip Fynn
Kipp Flynn has been designing ponds all his life. He was using terms like eco friendly way before they became fashionable. Click to learn more about natural ponds or here for general build a pond advice

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