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Sloping gardens also have their merits. Because there you can create a wonderfully babbling brook. Building the whole thing is not as difficult as you might think.Set up a small stream for yourself
A hillside garden is a challenge for most, because here you can often not realize yourself as you would like. But gardens with a slope also have an advantage. For example, you can create a stream here. In this point you have it much easier than people who own a flat garden, because here the water runs down automatically. So a garden with a slope is not just bad. And the best thing: you can build a stream like this yourself. It is really not difficult.
For a stream you need:
- pond liner
- pond fleece
- pond pump
- possibly a rain barrel
How to create a stream
❶ First plan the stream on paper. Where should he run along? Are there any obstacles that need to be removed beforehand? Think through the whole thing carefully and in the first step you might even consider where you would like to plant something later. You can also draw this on your sketch.
❷ After you have planned the course of the stream on paper, it is time to dig out the earth. You have to decide how wide and deep it should be. It is important that you plan 5 centimeters more at the desired depth. After you have dug the brook, it is filled with a 5 cm high layer of sand, which compensates for minor unevenness and serves as a bed for the pond liner. First of all, just dig the brook. And with a small slope.
If the stream does not end in a garden pond, you have to dig a rain barrel into the ground at the end of the stream. This is where the pond pump comes in later.
❸ Now you have to remove roots, plant remains, stones and other pointed soil components that are still in the trench. Then the 5 cm high layer of sand comes into the stream. Then you have to lay the pond fleece on it. This protects the pond liner from damage.
❹ The next step is to determine the length and width of the pond liner. Simply put a line in the trench from the start to the end of the stream. Then measure the length of the line and you have already determined the required length of the pond liner. You can calculate how wide the pond liner is:
(Depth of the creek x 2) + width of the creek + 50 centimeters
The pond liner then overlaps 25 centimeters on both sides of the stream. This will prevent the film from slipping into the stream. You must now lay these and pull them as smoothly as possible. To keep you in place, you can weigh them down with stones.
❺ A so-called spring stone always forms the starting point of a stream. You can buy this in a variety of designs at the tree market. You can also make the source stone yourself. Instructions can be found here.
You must now connect the source stone to the pond pump. To do this, lay the garden hose from the pump on the pond liner to the source stone. Connect everything and fix the garden hose to the pond liner using Teflon tape.
❻ You have now completed the actual work. The last thing you need to do is to beautify the course of the stream by e.g. provided with decorative stones and planted. This is particularly useful at the edges, because this way you can hide the protruding pond liner. But do not take plants that overgrow. You can then put the stream into operation and enjoy the wonderful rippling of the water.