Talk about ponds? Today, water bodies, by right, of course, have received the widest Meeting of errors spread in the garden landscape. Almost any gardener, who is at least a little interested in landscape design and trying to create a truly beautiful and harmonious garden with his own hands, strives to organize a water element on his plot.
Not always, unfortunately, the final result is similar to those pictures that were painted in dreams – or at least on ponds and waterfalls from photos of landscape firms. Undoubtedly, their own reservoir, created by themselves, for each gardener is the best and most unique … at least for a while. It is not at once that an understanding of the mistakes that were made at the construction stage comes.
The author of these lines once had a chance to see a reservoir in the courtyard of a high-rise city house, built, apparently, by residents to decorate and enrich the courtyard: a plastic mold with two fountains dug in three-quarters, sprinkled with a mound of earth, lined with decorative stone and decorated with potted flowers. A faded plastic water lily floated in the water sadly. You can only applaud the tenants (or TSZH): after all, that’s not all the same people, and what are they great! That’s just … And the money was definitely (fountains, a pump, a form, a decorative stone – all this costs money, and quite a lot), and the desire and work was not too lazy – but it turned out … well, probably, not quite what it was about …
Of course, each builds its own decorative reservoir, based on its own capabilities and aesthetic ideas. There are possible errors that are mentioned in almost any articles and subject literature: for example, do not place a reservoir under deciduous trees (the frond leaves are capable of clogging up water) or in the immediate vicinity of fences, sheds, any ugly objects and buildings (after all in water, greatly affects the appearance of the reservoir as a whole).
However, there are also those “rakes” that almost all of us, without exception, are attacking — universal mistakes that are in fact very easy to avoid. Each reservoir is beautiful in its own way, but almost all are equally imperfect. Let’s try to figure it out together?
As an example, consider the most common type of garden pond – a pond in a landscape style, made on film basis. Very many moments, however, can be attributed to any other type of water bodies.
So, let’s talk about mistakes … Water in a landscape style
Style and decor
Of course, the first thing we will think about is how our reservoir should be, how we plan to decorate it and what we need to get: shape or film, plants, decorative figures, a pump (if you assume a fountain or a waterfall) and so on .
The main rule here: choosing a style – stick to it!
Eclecticism is a good thing, but it does not always bring it to good. Complex fountains are out of place in a landscape pond, and waterfalls are regular. If you choose the option with a plastic container, then pay attention not only to its cost and size, but also to the form. Most often, ready-made tanks for ponds are free-form, focused on landscape style, in the regular, more accurate geometry. If you prefer landscape style – down with any symmetry and all unnatural!
And one more thing: cut off all unnecessary. Try to get away from the abundance of parts that only disperse attention and compete with each other. You should not install two different fountains in one small pond, no matter how you like them both separately. It is not necessary to adjoin the fountain and waterfall. Do not pile up several garden figures and sculptures at the reservoir. You should not plant a pond with a huge number of flowering plants with large and multi-colored flowers …
“Too many notes!” – this phrase from the beautiful film of Milos Forman “Amadeus” describes the situation in the best possible way. Too many notes, too many letters, too many … colors. A few bright flowers actually benefit from greenery, stones and water. A single gnome with a flashlight or a net will look much better than the same gnome surrounded by a flock of plastic ducks, wooden swans and marble girls with jugs. It is better to resist the temptation to decorate your pond with everything that can be found and purchased – and try to come to a certain compositional integrity.
So, less details – more harmony!
When choosing a waterproofing material for a reservoir, pay attention to its technical characteristics: the price usually depends on the thickness and density of the film. So to make “more and cheaper” by saving on film will not work. The larger and deeper your reservoir, the greater will be the pressure of the water, and the denser, respectively, must be the material. Ordinary film, not intended specifically for reservoirs, can also be used, it costs much less, but it should preferably be laid in several layers.