What sort of edging should I use on my pond?

The point of edging around your new pond is to secure the liner and prevent it from flapping about. There are many options for edging – rocks, pebbles, timber, pavers, slabs, bricks, plants and even grass.

The edging is in a way the ‘crowning glory’ of your pond – when its done well, the pond should blend into the landscape, and really look as though it belongs. It is entirely up to you what medium you choose to use, but generally speaking, you should select something that will make the pond blend with its surrounds. For example, if your yard has been landscaped with a Tuscan theme, your pond would probably work best with terracotta paving around the edges, or rustic, weathered bricks.

Where ever possible, you should let the pond edging overhang the edge of the pond slightly. This provides extra protection for the pond liner, and also gives a more ‘finished’ effect, disguising where the liner meets the water edge.

Stones, bricks, pavers, rocks and are the easiest, most practical choices for garden pond edging. You can fix them permanantly, or just sand bed them if you prefer.

If using timber or other treated materials, be very careful that they won’t leech chemicals into the pond – these may be harmful to fish and plants.

While not traditionally thought of as edging, plants and even grass can be used – you just need to ensure that the liner overlap is deep enough (at least 15cm) to allow grass or plants to take root  and grow. Irisis are a good choice for pond edging – they are evergreen, love wet conditions and their roots grow very tightly, which will help to form a secure edge to the pond.

A combination of natural rocks, gravel and potted plants can also provide a beautiful, natural looking display. If you look to the rest of your garden landscape for inspiration, you cant really go wrong.


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