Too brittle!

Today was meant to the moment when I rejoiced at finishing the pond. The liner is in and the edges have been adorned with Yorkshire stone.

However, I will almost definitely need to fork out for a butyl liner at some point in the probably not-too-distant future. As I had suspected, the current liner was too rigid to mould round the contours of the pond. This may not be perfect but, when cutting the liner to size, the Stanley knife wasn’t an absolute necessity, as I could snap the plastic sheeting rather than slicing it.

Anyway, it’s down and fitted as best as I could manage. The job has certainly taught me a lot and a butyl liner will be much easier to handle I presume. In the meantime, I’m going to fill the pond with water I’ve used to wash vegetables and see how it fares.

At the end of the day, I could be pleasantly surprised.

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About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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12 Responses to Too brittle!

  1. What a shame! I hope it proves more robust than you think it will be so you do not have to do so much of the work again. Like you I sometimes have to learn the hard way when I can save a bit and when it is worth spending a bit more.

  2. We have tried just liners in the past. Our critters were our downfall. Sharp duck, chicken, and even turkey feet tore them up too fast. We then resorted to a prefab pond molded liner. Same material only much stronger. Downside there is we had to shape our pond to fit the liner. Our fish didn’t mind either way. We can collect the fish mulch at the bottom and put it on the plants easier (flatter/tougher bottom makes it easier to scrape up), and the uninvited guests can’t tear it up. Good luck with yours!

  3. You may be surprised. Things have a way of settling

  4. Good luck – my plastic pond liner lasted for years. I updated to butyl this year because I was worried about a leak but until then it was fine

  5. Oh a pond! How exciting, Helen. I hope you get the liner sorted out.

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