Making a pond out of the bath.
Reservoirs – one of the most spectacular and unusual design elements of the garden plot. Artificial ponds, waterfalls, pools are becoming more and more popular, because they bring harmony and charm into the overall look of the site. There are no special requirements for the design of an artificial reservoir. The most important thing is that it successfully fits into the overall style, as well as be properly equipped from a technical point of view. Its shape can also be anything, oval or rectangular, round or asymmetric. The size and depth depend on the desire of the creator of the man-made reservoir, as well as the size of the area. The recommended height of the tank for equipment of reservoirs is at least one meter, if it is planned to contain living organisms in it in the winter period.
The main issue in the design of the reservoir – the maximum proximity to the natural. The simplest version of a homemade pond can be an ordinary bath, framed by paving slabs or artificial stone. This pond looks quite natural, cute and at ease. It is best if such a reservoir becomes the center of the composition. There are several options for how to make a pond from the bath in the garden area. Consider one of them.
Artificial reservoir – a piece of coolness in the summer heat.
Before you begin the project “my dream pond”, determine its location. Perhaps in the process of thinking, an extraordinary thought will come to your mind about how to create a beautiful corner of the garden, the center of which will be a pond from an old bath. Choose a dry, shaded place with a dense ground, best on an elevation.
To implement the project, you will need crushed stone or gravel, a cement-sand mixture, clay, a coil of steel wire, artificial stones of various sizes, and a piece of mesh netting.
Dig a hole 20-30 cm deep more than the height of the bathroom, remove the turf and soil around the perimeter (the strip should be 30-40 cm wide and deep flush with the edges of the bath).
Dip the bath into the formed trench, level checking the horizontal position of its surface. Consider that at the slightest bias in one direction or another, the finished pond will not look as presentable as we would like. Empty the sand between the sides of the bath and the walls of the pit. The basis for the reservoir is ready, you can begin the process of decoration.
In the pelvis, dilute adhesive for ceramic tiles strictly in the ratio indicated on its packaging. In the resulting mass, add a coloring pigment of any shade, depending on what color effect you want to get. The resulting mixture lubricate the sides of the bath from the inside, it will give the pond a natural and optical depth. Do not forget about the side drain hole, it must be treated so that water in any case does not leak out. Consider that tile adhesive hardens after 40-50 minutes, so the whole process should go at an accelerated pace. After application, close the bath with polyethylene on top and leave to dry for at least a day.
Next, you need to lay a metal grid around the edges of the tub, with a slight approach to the walls. The rabbi is very plastic, it is not difficult for her to give any shape just with her hands. For cutting scissors useful for metal. Prepare a cement mortar (the optimal ratio of sand and cement is 1: 3) and apply the mixture on the net. It is also necessary to carefully seal the bottom of the tub, especially the drain hole. Perhaps you yourself will find a good way to make a pond out of the bath, this method is not the only, but only one of many.
In some places, gravel, crushed stone, small and medium-sized stones can be added to the composition, as the cement dries out, coarse sand is filled between gravel and stones. With the help of a metal grid it is possible to give any shape to the pond. Want to make it as natural as possible, cut a fantasy shape with wavy, asymmetrical edges. A classic rectangle can be obtained by overlapping a pond around the perimeter with paving slabs or tiles with imitation of natural stone. To do this, lay the tile on the cement – concrete mixture, a technique that is used when flooring. To the surface of the pond was perfectly smooth, the tiles must completely cover the edges of the bathroom.
At the bottom of the pond, first a layer of clay is poured, then a layer of sand, fine gravel is laid on top, in one layer. It is important not to overdo it with the thickness of the bottom coating, because the depth of the bath is not great anyway. As a liquid filling of the pond, you can use any kind of water. But if you want to have natural flora and fauna, it is better to take water in the near pond or river. It is already full of life in full swing, if you get fry or tadpoles, they will take root in the new conditions. You can also borrow some local vegetation (duckweed, reed, peppermint). However, the best option is still artificial plants, bought in the nearest store. They look no worse, and do not require additional care.The final touch.
After the reservoir is filled, it is the turn of the final decoration of the finished pond. Here you can use not only various moisture-loving plants, but also garden sculpture. For example, a classic rectangular pond will be decorated with a small antique statue or amphora. Let the pond be swamp guarded by a frog from a fairy tale about the Princess Frog. Exotic tropical water around the perimeter can be lined with large boulders and clean sand. Show your imagination and ingenuity, then none of the guests will suspect that the posh pond on your site is just an old bath that has served its time.