Ponds are nice addition to landscaping in case you’ve got the space for them. They provide ground water for surrounding vegetation, bring about various wildlife and can enhance your natural areas, making a pleasant view. To create your pond more usable for wildlife or simply make a bit more sophistication than a simple hole full of water, then you can add a island. The surface can be used for extra plants, a place for animals to land and be protected from a jumping off point for kids who like to splash around.
Cut 2-by-12-inch planks to the span you want the island to be. Put two planks parallel to each other. Place two extra boards perpendicular to the first 2 planks, creating a square foot.
Lay several more planks across the first 2, filling in the center. Leave some space between the slats in case you plant to permit vegetation to grow around the island, since the distances will enable the roots to develop and to the water. The entire number of boards required depends upon how big you want the island.
Drill rust-resistant screws through each one of the best boards and to the two bottom perpendicular boards, creating a raft that can float on the water.
Place at least 12 10-gallon buckets on the raft. Set the buckets up face up in each corner, along the edges in between every single corner and several in the middle for floatation purposes.
Put four rubber washers in each bucket, spacing them several inches apart to form a square foot. Drill screws through the washers and buckets and to the wood slats; the washers will continue to keep the holes sealed from water.
Flip the raft over so the camel are around the underside. Have someone help you lift the wood up and to the water. Move it to the place where you want it in the pond. Use a little boat that will assist you get across the water if it is too deep.
Fill four 10-gallon buckets with class gravel. Tie ropes into the bucket grips. Slowly lower one of the buckets to the water at one of the corners of the raft. Tie the other end of the rope into the planks, weaving it through the gaps. Repeat at the other 3 corners to anchor the island raft in place.
Insert dirt in addition to the wood if you want to cover it in plants. Set the vegetation in the soil and lightly water.