Once you have built a pond in your garden, you may later decide to become even more creative and extend it by building a stream to flow into your pond. A flexible rubber pond liner offers the perfect solution to lining the stream to reduce lose of water through ground seepage and evaporation. You will also need to consider what type of pump you want to install to take water up and along the course of your stream.
A gentle flowing stream looks more natural and is a lot less complex and less costly to build as you won’t require a particularly big pump to keep water flowing along its course. In a garden a gentle flowing stream is also more likely to blend with its environment versus a fast flowing stream with a steap drop.
Tips to building a stream with pond liner and pump:
- Mark out the course you want the stream to flow down to your pond using gardeners twin and pegs, spray paint or similar.
- Dig out enough soil to create about a 1 to 1.5m difference in height relative to the pond (3 to 5 foot). You may want to add a small pool from where the stream will flow down to the pond.
- Dig out the soil to allow the stream to drop in shallow steps as it flows along its course.
- Line the route of the stream with a single sheet of pond liner and then secure in place using decorative rocks and river pebbles. It is advisable to line the small pool and length of the stream with a geotextile protective underlay first. The underlay protects the liner from being punctured by any sharp stones or objects in the ground.
- Install a submersible pump in the pond to circulate the water from the pond to the top of the stream. A length of pipe is needed to carry the water from the pump to the top of the stream.
- Use the excavated soil to build -up the sides of the stream to prevent run-off of surface water entering the stream bringing with it possible dirt and contaminants.
The rippling sound of water and the beauty of such an addition to any garden will bring great joy and a feeling of accomplishment.
To order the exact pond liner dimensions and a pond pump for your stream, contact Liners Online