Work is progressing on my wildlife pond. The dig is almost finished as you can see. Work has been slower than I imagined due to a combination of work, family, rain and a recurring arm injury but I am getting there. I have worked on getting the levels around the top of the pond right and am now happy with those.
Because of the rain I have had to bail the bottom out a couple of times and I worry that I may be doing more damage by trampling on all that wet soil. I think I have found a solution by using slabs and off cuts of wood to step on whilsts working my way around the pond removing stones and sharp edges. I have to admit that I have not been too fussy about the level of the shelves since finding out I can plant in sacks rather than rigid baskets.
All that is left to do now is smooth out the sloping bank and order my liner and underlay.
There are a couple of things bothering me so I thought I'd seek a bit more advice before I go any further.
General advice re installing the liner is to do it on a warm day in warm weather. Since I won't be able to do this due to work patterns until the 2nd week in November might this be a bit too late? I live in Scotland so could well be cold by then. Another concern is the wet. Obviously I can continue to bail as and when required but is there a point at which the ground could be considered too saturated to put in the liner? Will me covering the area with the liner cause any future problems? Might I be better now leaving it until spring?
Lastly, well for this post that is, I don't do much online shopping so can anyone recommend an online stockist for the butyl liner and underlay. I have been unable to find one locally.
Apologies for all the questions. I hope that by asking so many questions now I stand a better chance of getting it right first time rather than having issues a year or so down the line. Thanks again.