Garden Pond Design - Edging Your Pond

Water Garden - Pond Edging

Edging garden water impacts the overall look of your pond. The edging you choose can be the difference between creating a formal or informal water garden.

When choosing edging material for your garden pond design, you'll need to keep several things in mind.

How does the material fit in the overall landscape design?

 Try to choose a pond edging that will compliment and enhance the water garden design you are trying to create.

Is it going to be a managable do it yourself project?

If you plan on building a water garden yourself, consider whether the edging you choose is something you can do on your own. An elaborate brick edged pond may be something best left to a masonry contractor. If you are comfortable doing that sort of complicated project, then by all means do so.    

Is it affordable?

A granite edged water garden would be stunning, but also hard on the wallet. If budget is a consideration, look for lower cost alternatives. Many excellent edging materials for your garden pond can be found at landscape suppliers and often for much less than if purchased from pond suppliers.  

Will it stand up to wear and tear?

Try to consider how much traffic your water pond is going to be subjected to. If there will be children around you should consider mortoring your pond edging in place.

Be aware that lime from cement or mortor can harm fish and plants. Remove any loose bits and seal mortor to prevent lime from leaching into the pond.

Is extra support needed?

Large or heavy edging materials may require additional support to keep from collapsing the sides of your pond. If using items such as large rocks or boulders reinforce the perimeter of your pond with cement.

Some different types of pond edging materials you might use are:

Stone or pavers

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