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Turf around nature pond. Add light tall grass..?

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    Hi all I've been battling with a couple of nature ponds in my garden and am finally making some sense of them.

    Today a bought some yellowing turf cheaply and rolled and cut this around the contor hiding the liner. (I have a smaller shelf below and haven't overhung the pond).

    Now I wondered if the turf is likely to succeed laid directly onto plastic? If it's to come back to life anyway!

    I considered sowing some medow mix into the turf and surrounding perimeter to define and almost hide and bed the pond in. That way I can just Quickly mow around on a ride on without having to be to precious.

    My other idea and prob my favourite would be to sow some fine grass seeds the almost purple ornamental type. (What's this called and is there a variety that would grow in a scant of turf in N.Ireland).

    Any thoughts or suggestions would be great.

    Many thanks
     
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      A couple of pics would be a great help, devs, to give everyone an idea of the actual pond and it's site.:thumbsup::snorky:
      I have a wildlife pond which I dug in '93 using a liner and also includes a "dry" brick in the pond that runs along the length of one bank about 4' wide filled with garden soil which is the Bog Garden fed by water leaking inbetween the "dry" bricks in the wall.

      Well , I know it can as it has with my pond banks. Having said that, laying turf directly onto the liner will be a problem unless you lay at least a couple of inches of garden soil, not compost, onto the liner. It would be better to take the soil right up to the edge while ensuring that the soil is damp to hold it together whilst putting on the liner.

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      So, while I do have grass growing on a couple of inches of soil over the liner, I also have planted Ferns, Astibles, Sedges etc, with plenty of marginal in crates on the shelves of the pond.
       
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        Hi there and thanks for the reply, your pond looks great!

        I've still got a long way to go with my garden and the grass has only recently been sown and just received its first cut.

        I'll attach a few photos below to show where I'm up to...

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          IMG_0680.JPGIMG_0679.JPG Its probably worth mentioning that I have some soil to the side that I 'could' use for landscaping along with the following stone if anyone can think of something good to do with them :)
           
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            Hi devs, sorry for the delay in replying but I've been off the air for a couple of days. There's all sorts of garden projects you can do using the rock and the soil so I'm sure someone with come along with some ideas. Visiting other gardens will give you some ideas as well, don't rush into it but do a little looking around for inspiration. I used stone from Bala where they'd been blasting a new road through the Mountains to build a hidden sitting area by the pond, points of interest around the pond to break up the then bare banks, with most of the stones weighing between 50 and 60lbs. One key stone weighed nearly 160lbs and I used that for the entrance step down into the pond area.........it didn't do my Company Car much good!!:dunno::heehee:
             

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