#Add# soothing pool #to your# garden and attract all sorts of wildlife into your garden. It will become a centre and a sanctuary for #all of# natures creatures.

By: Ian George


Your pond or pool needs to be visible from the house, but not so close that animals are #going to# be scared away.
If #the ground# slopes, select a lower area of the garden: your pool will look more natural here, as water naturally collects at the lowest area. A pool should be positioned #away from# any fruit trees or plants that may be treated with chemicals. An open, sunny position provides #the best# conditions #to grow# most aquatic plants. Do not position your pool #in a# frost pocket or an exposed spot. This will restrict the plants you can grow in it and may mean your pond will require protection over the winter. Only #add# fish if the pool is a minimum of 80cm deep. Observe the water conditions in hot weather as the fish will suffer if the temperature gets above 25 degrees C.If #you would# like to lower the temperature and top up the pond, #add# tap water which has been left to settle and warm up #for a# day. A water feature #on the# terrace If you don't have space #for a# pond, #take a# tip and improvise. Use #a large# basin, stone trough or half-barrel, or frost-proof pots. Caulk drainage holes in pots with a silicone sealant and paint #the inside# #of the# pot with waterproofing paint. #To prepare# a half-barrel, fill it several days #before you# want to plant it up so #that the# timber swells and becomes totally impermeable. Choose water plants that like warmth, as such #a small# quantity of water will warm up quickly. Try a miniature variety of water lily, that will prosper in #less than# 40cm of water. #Add# to it a heat-loving floating plant, for example a water hyacinth, #and give# the arrangement some height #with a# cluster of plumed foliage, like Typha minima, a lovely reed. Remember to include a plant which will generate oxygen below water, such as Myriophyllum aquaticwm. In October you'll need to bring your water hyacinth into shelter - a conservatory or heated greenhouse - in the winter, but other hardy varieties may be left #in the# water. Watch out for drowning Water attracts children #like a#
magnet, and #it is# important to keep #in mind# that children can drown in as little as 10 cm of water. Cover small ponds (under l gal) with wire mesh or perhaps a rigid grill - the plants will soon hide most of it. Encompass bigger water features #with a# metre-high fence #with a# gate that should always be kept locked. Disguise the fence by means of honeysuckle, ivy or clematis. Steer clear of steep banks, which make climbing out difficult for any individual or an creature who has fallen into the pool. Inform your insurer of your water feature. Protect against electrocution by means of placing electric wires in a sealed water tight casing.

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