I'm Looking at all the extra liner that I have due to the shape of my pond and saying to myself that I can't count how many times I saw people say in posts they wish they hadn't cut the liner but tucked it in. I do have a lot of liner left and I was thinking about doing a lot of planting areas flat shelves but like 4 feet wide but erratic shapes. but I was thinking different depths maybe a walk out type at the surface with a 12" drop and a 18" drop as most of my shelves are 24" with the exception of the one original large plateauOur shelves are all two tiered - the first is about 8-10 inches deep and holds the rocks, the second level is about 12-16 inches deep for plants. Most everything in my pond is planted directly in the pond - either between the rocks or directly in the gravel on the shelves, so I can adjust the depth by adding more or less gravel. I have one spot in my pond where I wish the shelf was wider, but I've learned to work with it.
Well you are not alone . I too did not want to run short all the web sites said to take the depth by 2 and the width and add 1 foot per side. Well in watching the install of skimmers and leave some slack in the liner I figured i'd want to do the same with the rock walls leave a fold so the rubber didn't get stretched. to I added an extra 5 feet. well when I lost 3 feet in depth over the winter that now ment I was 11 feet of extra over the extra the experts recommended . oppps But I hope to use it in the stream area or even a rubber roof for the pump house on the retaining wall.[/QUOTE]
@Jhn do you have pictures of your pond?GBBUDD, depth of the shelves depends on what and how you want to plant. Keep the plants in pots, or directly in the gravel. What plants do you prefer. I think between 12-18" deep planting beds from the top of the gravel bed will give you plenty of options for most plants, either way. As lisa, said you can always add more gravel depending on your need.
I like the idea of making a walk out area, have that in my pond as well. The only plants I left in pots are lilies in the 3.5' deep end of the pond and an iris in a large pot that I couldn't remove now even if I wanted to...
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