The coastline of the reservoir.
We make the coastline: pick up a few dozen stones of the same size and shape and lay them along the edge of the reservoir, like a string of beads … Or, let’s say, uniformly plant it on all sides with plants of the same type or at least one height …
Another mistake that kills any hint of naturalness.
The sides, the sides again … almost half of our dacha reservoirs are somehow surrounded by the sides. If they are not poured out of the ground, they are certainly laid out of stones. Well, or at least formed from plants. We are like “locking” the water like a dangerous beast. No need to lock her up, she won’t run away! Make the coastline free and open!
Of course, if the bottom of the reservoir is rocky here, then the stones should go ashore. But let them be different sizes, different shapes, let them be interspersed with plants of different heights! Let it be difficult to relief near the shore – fill, for example, a couple of earthen mounds and sow them with lawn grass. Place several large boulders and place a “scree” of small stones next to it. Plant small groups sedge, reeds … It is desirable at the same time that high plants do not close the reservoir from the main point of view – that is, they should be planted near the shore opposite the observation platform.
And another thing: the proximity of a landscape reservoir is very undesirable, not only with vegetable beds, but also with many garden flowers. Let’s agree that the area around the reservoir, approximately corresponding in size to the pond itself, we consider to be a coastal zone. And, since we have a reservoir in a landscape style, we should not place roses, dahlias or gladioli in this area. It will look great any cereal, as well as many garden plants with small flowers (better species, varieties and hybrids are more appropriate in the front garden than in the “natural” pond). Hosts, buttercups, marigolds and many other plants will perfectly fit into the water landscape. From large-flowered garden plants fit irises, daylilies, callas, cannes. Cascade of reservoirs in the evening
A magnificent background for the reservoir can be a mixborder, made in landscape style – in this case, of course, the mixborder is also placed in relation to the reservoir on the side opposite to the viewpoint.
A fairly common opinion among novice water builders: the main thing is to build a pond. The flowering will pass with time, everything will “settle down” by itself … after all, natural reservoirs exist by themselves! You just need to wait some time until the microflora is formed.
Unfortunately, nothing happens by itself. Where a natural body of water could arise and exist, it arose and exists – without our intervention. And where we create our man-made lakes, alas, in most cases a natural reservoir of only one type could arise – a puddle. And it is precisely this species that he will constantly strive for if he is not cared for.
Flowering, of course, will pass with time. And its own microflora and fauna in the pond will also gradually form. But whether it will be the same flora and fauna, what would you like? In most cases, it is better to push the natural processes in the right direction.
Dragonflies will arrive, water striders will appear, perhaps even frogs. Light silting of the bottom is not at all scary with clear water, but with filamentous algae, for example, will have to fight – it can give a very sad look even to the most well thought out reservoir. In addition, even if you prudently positioned the reservoir away from the trees, it will still periodically bring leaves and other garbage into the wind, and the organic matter rotting in the water is a piece, to put it mildly, unpleasant. It is best to immediately stock up on patience and a net – but rather a water vacuum cleaner.
Chemical preparations that can be purchased in specialized stores and shopping centers (for example, Chisty Prud, Robin Green, etc.) will help to combat undesirable flora. If it was not possible to find preparations specifically designed for garden ponds, do not grieve! Pet stores and aquarium shops will help out. They can find drugs against water bloom, and against the Waterlily – one of the most popular plants for water bodies (pictured: Hygrotella Hyme Lily) of filamentous and blue-green algae (although the dosage in this case will, of course, be greatly increased by compared with recommended for aquariums).
By the way, if there are frogs in your pond, this is not bad at all. First of all, the frogs themselves eat mosquitoes – which, you will agree, has not harmed any summer cottage. And secondly, tadpoles feed on bottom silt and mud, thus helping you in the struggle for the purity of the pond.
It is also good to put several water snails in the pond – they are wonderful “cleaners”. And, of course, be sure to start a variety of aquatic plants – while competing with undesirable algae, they will also become not only the decoration of the reservoir, but also your real helpers.