Hackney Permaculture

Mulching the edge of a pond
April 11, 2009, 3:11 pm
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As previously mentioned we now have a pond but quite a bit of the black liner is showing which is kinda bad news as it is more likely to get punctured as a result.

The back story is that it is virtually impossible to make a small pond which is deep enough to keep bugs and grubs happy over the winter without having some steep edges. Depths of over 70cm are advised so frogs and toads can survive the pond freezing but it you only have a metre or two for your pond you are not then going to have shallow enough sides so that any organic matter can sit on the liner for stuff to grow in.

I thought I might have a go at mulching the edges with cardboard and then piling some mud on top to cover it over. In order to stop the mud from falling straight off the cardboard I peeled back the top layer from dampened cardboard to reaveal the bumpy underside, threaded some twigs into the cardboard to create ridges and made very thick icky mud which was really really fun! Seriously – this is an excuse for adults to make mud pies… oh yes.

Seems to have done the job nicely thus far and hopefully plants will start to bind it all together creating a long term organic cover over the liner.

The problem - visible pond liner

The problem - visible pond liner

Cardboard ridged and threaded with twigs covering liner

Cardboard ridged and threaded with twigs covering liner

The solution - mulched pond edge covering liner

The solution - mulched pond edge covering liner

Claudia planting around the pond

Claudia planting around the pond


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Hi there!V

Very interesting to read how you go over the problem of the pond liner showing around the edge of your pond. We are based at Tottenham Hale and have precisely the same problem. See your web page: http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=https://hackneypermaculture.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/cluadia-planting.jpg&imgrefurl=https://hackneypermaculture.org.uk/2009/04/11/mulching-the-edge-of-a-pond/&usg=__luhIbgENShgI-nZNZ3xsFNv5Hh8=&h=600&w=800&sz=375&hl=en&start=202&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=efxpo-8oGSnnXM:&tbnh=107&tbnw=143&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dpond%2Bplanting%26start%3D198%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26ndsp%3D18%26tbs%3Disch:1 Sadly, some of the photos on that page aren’t showing and I’d love to see them. We’ve built a small pond, primarily a place for bats to drink, (as we’re a bat group), but it looks really poor as the liner is showing around the edge. I would love to see your photos of how you got around the problem of showing liner, by mulched the edge. Could you perhaps send me some photos, please?

Many thanks
Jeanette Sitton
Lee Valley Bats
(working with Rebecca Turpin of Froglife)

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