Construct your own pond

Quacking frogs in the summer, birds coming to bathe; there is always something to do with a pond in the garden. A pond brings you peace and enjoyment, which is why many people want one in the garden. We help you on your way with a handy step-by-step plan for constructing a pond with preparations, and we give you a step-by-step explanation of how you can best design your pond. With Simon's advice can be so that no filter or pump to come into play. Pure nature so.

On this page you will find:

Part I. Constructing a pond - step-by-step plan >

  • Step 1. Determine pond type and proper location.
  • Step 2. Create a floor plan.
  • Step 3. Excavating and lining the pond
  • Step 4. Get a good pond planting plan.

Part II. Furnishing a pond in 6 steps >

  • Step 1. Pond substrate
  • Step 2. Oxygen Plants
  • Step 3. Waterlilies
  • Step 4. Aquatic Plants
  • Step 5. Marsh Plants
  • Step 6. Bacteria
  • Complete pond planting kit
  • Simons Pond Advice book

Part I. Creating a pond - step-by-step plan

By listening carefully to the future pond owner, Simon can provide tailored advice for the optimal design of the water feature. But you can also start constructing a pond yourself. If you want one with pond liner, follow this step-by-step plan.

Constructing and furnishing a pond - step-by-step plan
Constructing and furnishing a pond - step-by-step plan
Constructing and furnishing a pond - step-by-step plan
Constructing and furnishing a pond - step-by-step plan
Constructing and furnishing a pond - step-by-step plan
Constructing and furnishing a pond - step-by-step plan
Constructing and furnishing a pond - step-by-step plan
Constructing and furnishing a pond - step-by-step plan
Constructing and furnishing a pond - step-by-step plan
Constructing and furnishing a pond - step-by-step plan
Constructing and furnishing a pond - step-by-step plan
Constructing and furnishing a pond - step-by-step plan

Part II. Furnishing a pond in 6 steps

After your pond is dug and the liner is laid, it's time to start decorating the pond. Simon's step-by-step plan ensures that you can enjoy a clear, biologically balanced and low-maintenance pond all year round. All necessary products are listed per step so you can easily create your own pond package.

Step 1

Pond substrate

Provide a layer of pond substrate at the bottom of the pond. You apply these porous stone grains in a layer of 8 to 10 cm on the bottom of the pond. The soil is the foundation of the pond, so do not skimp on this. The bottom with pond substrate ensures that any pump and filter need to be cleaned less often, because they are hardly burdened. The substrate namely works as one large filter.

Read all about the usefulness of pond substrate >

Simons advice

At least 1.5 bags of 20 liters per m²

Step 2

Oxygenator Plants

Adequate oxygen plants are vital for natural balance and clear water. In addition, they provide shelter for aquatic life and block out sunlight. Many oxygen plants take root in the pond substrate and absorb silt. They use this as nutrition so that these aquatic plants grow better.

Read more about oxygen plants >

Simons advice

Minimum: 5 to 6 individual oxygen plants per m³ ( 1000 liters of water) and 1 basket with 4 plants per m²

Individual oxygenator plants

Planting depth pond: 0 to -120 cm

Oxygen plants in baskets

Pond planting depth: -10 to -40 cm

Step 4

Aquatic plants

Aquatic plants with a good root system will filter the water while reducing the amount of waste products in the water. Thanks to our experience, we know exactly which plants work best and are also hardy. We have selected the right species for you.

Simons advice

At least 1 basket with 4 plants per 1 m²

Step 5

Bog plants

Marsh plants also have their own function. They take up waste products, reducing the nitrate and nitrite concentrations in the water. In our range we have included only the strongest hardy species.

Simons advice

At least 1 basket with 4 plants per 1 m²

Step 6

Bacteria

Bacteria you add to give a new pond a good start. In addition, an existing pond gets a boost every spring by adding good bacteria. The bacteria attach themselves to the existing pond substrate and secrete enzymes that filter the organic particles in the water. Thus they contribute to clear water

Simons advice

1 bottle of Bacta Clear from 1 to 20 m³ (1,000 to 20,000 liters of water).

Complete pond planting kit

Do you prefer a pond package put together by Simon? You can. Based on his step-by-step plan, Simon has put together three complete pond planting packages that consist of the strongest hardy types of aquatic plants. The number of plants is based on the minimum amount of plants to create clear water and a biological balance in the pond. Read more about the different types of ponds and the recommended packages.

Prevention is better than cure.

Simons pond advice book

Simon has written a pond advice book. Through his practical experience, he knows the pitfalls that come up in everyone's path when it comes to setting up a pond properly and creating a biological balance so that the water in a natural pond stays clear.

By purchasing the book, you can save hundreds of Euros by following Simon's many tips when you are considering constructing a pond. This 120+ page book discusses all the facets that are important to making your dream pond a reality.

Should you wish to purchase Simon's book, you will receive, through his 35 years of experience, a lot of valuable information that will allow you to save a nice amount of money when constructing and planting your pond.

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