How to Construct a Bog

A Bog in your yard creates a focal point that few can match and it is not difficult to do. The Bog will be used to plant water loving plants that otherwise you couldn't grow.

Steps

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    Pick the spot where you want the bog to be located. Most bogs will need a minimum of 6 hours of full sunlight per day. Access to a water supply is another important consideration, as your bog will need replenishment from time to time.
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    Determine the size of the bog you want to construct. Order a pond liner for your size pond. A goldfish pond landscaper can help you. The liner must be at least 6 feet (1.8 m) longer and 6 feet (1.8 m) wider than the hole to compensate for hole depth.
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    Order a pond pump tank with water shut off valve (no pump) from the same place you're buying the liner. A goldfish pond contractor can do the whole job but this not necessary if your willing to do the work. A water shut off valve is the type of float valve you see in many toilet tanks. They allow water to flow when the water level is low, but shuts off the water when it has reached the desired level. You can use this to control the water level in your bog.
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    Dig your hole the size you want it. It should be a minimum of 1 12 foot (0.5 m) deep.
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    Dig an additional hole at the end closest to a water source. This hole should be 2'x2'x3' deep. This will be used for the self watering system. Save the dirt for back filling later.
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    Install the pond liner. Make sure the liner over extends past the edges of the hole on all sides.
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    Install the water level box. This is where your water shut off valve will be housed.
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    Place the box in the hole so that the top is 2 inches (5.1 cm) above the ground.
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    Attach the liner to the water level box, using the ring supplied from the original package. Cut away any excess liner that might be hanging over the side of the bog area.
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    Run a 1/2" water line from water source and hook up to the water level box. This is just like a hose hookup.
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    Place river rock or pea gravel on the bottom of into the lined hole to form a place for the water to pond so that your bog is not a mud hole.
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    Place ground cloth over the stone, to keep the dirt from plugging the stone.
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    Fill the hole with the topsoil from the soil you dug out.
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    Turn the water on and set the float so that the water turns off when it is about 8" below ground level.

Tips

  • Cannas love water

Warnings

  • Be careful when placing stone in the hole, so you do not puncture the liner.

Things You'll Need

  • pond liner
  • landscaper
  • water tank
  • pond pump
  • water level box
  • river rocks
  • ground cloth
  • topsoil

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Categories: Theme and Feature Gardens