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34. Fabricated Water Pond Liners
Adding a water garden to my vast gardens was one of the best things that I created in my garden design, it really gives me a different look from most of my neighbors’ gardens and I get to decorate the pond with my favorite container plants, statues and bird feeders. I use my garden pond to ‘break up’ the look of my gardens and to attract some wild life into my gardens to help control bugs and other pests.
In the beginning of manufacturing of pond liners, these pond liners were made of fiberglass, which were durable and easy to use. The only thing that water gardeners were stuck with was the particular shape of the pond liner that they purchased which couldn’t be changed. Another option for water garden designers was to make the pond out of a concrete shell, this option is still used today by some gardeners. Using concrete to make the shell of your pond meant that you could create any shape or design that you wanted but you had to spend a little time doing it.
Today concrete is still used, clay can be used but it can be about as difficult to use as concrete, fiberglass is still used, and plastics have come into use in creating water gardens as well as rubber, and laminated pvc.
Plastic is considered the cheapest method for building a water garden, and it gives you great options in designing a pond but plastic can also crack and rip from weather, large animals or from rocks. Plastic will have a lifetime of years under the optimal conditions and can be bought in home stores, pet stores or in retail markets.
Rubber and pvc are you best options when creating a water garden that you may want to add to later or when you are constructing a design that is one of a kind. While laminated pvc is one of the most expensive it has a useful life of over fifty years, where rubber has a useful life of over seventy five years in your gardens.
When deciding what type of liner is just right for you and your pond, consider what you have to spend on your water garden, how long you might like to use your water garden and what type of weathers you are going to deal with when choosing a material.
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