Not all of us are lucky to have a good plot of land that can be equipped at our discretion without any special effort. There are areas whose landscape does not meet all the requirements of, say, easy building or planting. Sometimes it is necessary to construct additional land superstructures, which allow smoothing out irregularities and making a careful planting of crops. However, decorating areas with a complex landscape structure, which is expressed in the fact that the soil has sharp drops in height, is not such a difficult task. So fashionable recently ponds, used as an element of decor in landscape design, can be landscaped on this not too flat terrain. Especially well you will be able to develop and implement a pond with a small waterfall, which will look more natural, because you will use the hilly features of the area.
The composition of the soil also does not matter. To create a pond does not require fertile black soil or loamy soil layer. After all, your water body does not eat those nutrients that can provide fertile land. You can, of course, ask yourself a question: if plants are planted, that is, if our pond is populated by green representatives, what then, won't they care about the soil on which to grow? However, I dare to assure you that the vast majority of plants that are well adapted to the aquatic conditions of life will not be particularly picky not only to the nutritional properties of the soil, which is located at the bottom of the pond, they are not quite whimsical in care either. And those representatives of the greens, who want good soil under the root, can easily provide it in special baskets. As they say, on special order !!! And so, we figured out that when designing a reservoir, the useful properties of the soil layer and the natural unevenness of the landscape will not play a special role for us. However, this is not all the problems that we can face. Some particularly "lucky" land owners got such, which are located directly in the swamp or in its immediate vicinity. What to do? How to be? Not really in this case, we will not have the happy opportunity to realize some wisdom from the sphere of landscape design. However, do not despair too much! If you already got a marshland, then you have a great prospect to do the work on the creation of the pond.
Tell me that in the swamp it is not possible in principle? And here it is possible. Modern landscape design experts with advanced ideas provide a vital basis for the swamp, as a very good element that can be turned into a pond. Basically, the designers who are pleased with the natural images and images that should come out in the course of their work are very happy with this way to improve the territory. Converting a swamp into a pond is a very original technique used to enhance the effect of naturalness. Typically, the water body is located so that there are no clear lines between the water and lawn landings or lawn. This maintains the previous impression of marshiness. A pond that will be created on the site of a swamp is likely to become characterized by unclear outlines of very primitive geometric forms. pens, which will be called the harmonious and calm word "pond". You will probably be interested to know that the swamp appears in two ways.
The first way the bogs appear in nature is the excessive accumulation of water resources in the soil, which leads to waterlogging of the territory.
The second way of occurrence in nature of the swamp is the overgrowth of all kinds of vegetation of a lake or reservoir.
In any case, the creation of wetlands requires increased soil moisture. Most likely, your site, if it differs in marshland, is located in lowlands or in lowland areas, which, however, do not have a natural drainage element. So if you got a plot with a swamp, then you may have to return it to its original state, if the swamp was formed in a pond or pond.
Creating a pond in the marshland is not very difficult.
It will be enough for you to dig deep into it. It is not necessary at all, at the same time, that the pond will be very deep. The edges of the marshland after digging can not be touched at all, creating blurry outlines, or you can sprinkle it thoroughly with sand. And do not feel sorry for the sand mass, take it for more. You can use not only sand, but also the usual ground from any non-marshy territory. The edges are treated with soils until hillocks around the perimeter of the marsh are obtained. As a result of such work, you get a pit with clear edges, similar to the bowl. In addition to the soil layer, it is best to dig into the coastal zone granite strata in order to create a truly reliable structure that will serve you for a very long time. In order to decorate your unnaturally looking structures along the edges of the pit, quite large stones are also placed. It will be very interesting to see the transition of large stones to the use of smaller ones. So to the smallest, up to the river pebbles, which would be good to lay out the path leading to your creation. It is possible not only to use the walkway as an element of decor, but also for special neat bridge structures. In this case, your best bet is to use wood as the material for your bridge. The fact is that the pond created from the swamp should be very natural, look as if it was created by nature itself, but it is better to slightly remind that this area was swampy. Accordingly, it is best to use in the construction of objects that will be located next to the pond, as natural as possible constructions.
Uprooted stumps and old snags are very good for decorating the near-water zone. They look as if it was not you who just moved them closer to the pond, but nature itself left them here for a long, long time. Marshes or swamps are in fashion today. The main trend of modern landscape design is a return to nature (in our case, to the swamp). It is important to leave uncultivated patches of land with characteristic vegetation unchanged, since the man-made territories noticeably benefit from them.
Advanced designers not only do not fight the swamp, but care for it and cherish it. Who said nothing could be built in a swamp? And the houses on stilts? It is wonderful to live in the middle of the water element and admire in the mornings, as the sun plays highlights in black water right under your window!
I think it will be important for you to know and it is certainly useful if you really intend to transform the swamp area into a pond of “manual”, so to speak, work that you can decorate such a water object you have created in completely different styles. This will help you European masonry with neat paths, paved with small stones or, if the style is Oriental, the bridge, which has as supports two massive pillars of wood. The last element of the decor is so characteristic of the Japanese style, although it is used in Japan not to design water features, but to create a special atmosphere of a traditional Japanese garden.
Position your miracle - a pond closer to the recreation area, although in our "swamp" case it’s more appropriate to talk about the location of the recreation area near the water body.
If your swampy territory is not hidden all day in the shade of vegetation, then you are lucky. Best of all, the water warms up well for at least five hours in the sun, and only then you can tolerate a shadow. Otherwise, you will have to clean your pond from vegetation too often, as it will bloom very actively in constant shadow conditions. If your pond is not only provided with regular sunbathing, but also protected from the wind, then you are lucky in twins. Why? Lack of drafts and daily portions of ultraviolet will have a good effect on vegetation, as well as on all species of fish, if you, of course, decide to start them in your water body. It is also important to note that if you built a pond not on a swamp, but on solid soil, then its dimensions would be combined with the parameters of your territory, and since our construction is not quite standard, then its dimensions will be due to no longer a land plot, and the shape, depth and width of the swamp. As with the creation of a water body in other conditions, the formation of a pond in a swamp will be accompanied by a stepped structure that includes many underwater terraces. They are very convenient for planting vegetation. As a rule, plants do not plant directly into the ground, but use special boxes or baskets for planting, which are then put up on pre-constructed stepped terraces.
Not all plants can withstand swampy habitats, but only those whose root system is favorable to a permanent stay in a wet environment. It is important to note those plants that will gladly settle in your swamp - pond. You think that their list is very small. This is not true. You are perfect: rhubarb, hosts, daylilies, all kinds of fern plants, moss, sedge, sundew. As for the representatives of the shrubs, it is: elder, derena, willow, meadowsweet. Especially well in the aquatic environment they feel: marsh irises, glyceria, nymphs, umbrella susak. If your bog was peaty, your best choice is lingonberry, cloudberry and blueberry. In addition to decorating skills, you can use the abilities of these species to bear fruit, thus, killing two birds with one stone, as they say.
In the case of transitional swamps, cranberries will suit you. Of course, these are only small representatives of vegetation that may well live in or near your pond. In the process of creating a miracle, that is, converting a swamp into a pond, you should use reliable and flexible waterproofing. You especially need it, since the insulating layer will not come into contact with solid ground and water, but with water and liquid soil mass.
Even if you are not the happy owner of the marshland, do not rush to worry about this. Landscape design masters will always help with advice on how to create the effect of a small swamp on firm ground. This we have already gone with you from the reverse, that is, from a solid layer of earth beneath our feet to the formation of wetland. In this case, your construction, just as in the case of a swamp, will not be a wetland in the literal sense of the word, it will become a transitional state between a wetland area and a pond. Some experts in the field of design ideas believe that the swamps smoothly turning into ponds are perfect for garden plots, and will also look great not far from home. When forming on your site of the pond, take care not only of vegetation, but also think about other possible elements of decor. Then your water space will look not only in a natural way, but also very interesting.
The article has already been said about bridges and walkways, you can use not too complex lighting structures. So lights, for example, will be for you and a means of decoration and a way not to get bogged down in a pond at night. Sanctification. I really hope that this article will help you, as readers, catch on the idea of ennobling the territory, which will necessarily lead to the discovery of your creative potential. In addition, nothing so positively affects our body as an occupational therapy, and even in the fresh air. You are given a unique opportunity to improve health and a beautiful element of the decor of your favorite area to get.
I wish you good luck and more confidence in your abilities !!!
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