Fibre glass pre-formed pond?
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I have been offered a second hand pre-formed, two level, fibre glass pond - 1mx1.5m (no cracks, repairs or problems). I would have to take out a bush to put it on. I would like to step up from my micro pond. I'm ok with putting in beaches of pebbles etc if it's not adequate . I don't really have space (it seems) for a pond larger than this. Even this size will be a push. The spot wouldn't get much sun - morning sun in summer equinox to equinox.
Most people seem to prefer to put in plastic liners. Are there significant downsides to pre-formed ponds? Are there any probs with cracking in frost?
It seems a bit of a no brainer to give it a go as the pond is going free. But I would have to re-arrange the planting a fair bit to make space. Wildlife in the garden is a priority for me. We have a hundred local cats that try and stalk the area day and night.
But I don’t think there’s anything wrong with them other than that - and if you’re being offered one for free anyway...
My pond is fibreglass and I had a chap put it in and he got it dead level!
Mine is a raised pond.
- They have never cracked due to frosts
- Digging the hole for them can be a pain. Consider raising it above ground instead. We did this with the pond at our allotment. We surrounded it with soil, which is kept in by tree trunks. Saved us so much work with no digging. Photo below to show what I mean.
- Disguising the rim of the pond is also a challenge. When the above pond was originally located in our garden, we covered the rim with flat paddle stones, but it didn't look the best. As you can see below, it is now planted with alpines, and sedums, and it is almost completely invisible now.