It’s well known that water has therapeutic qualities and even having something like a garden pond and fountain can give you somewhere calming to sit and contemplate.

Installing garden ponds in Flintshire might seem like a lot of work, but when you break it down into smaller steps it’s not too challenging. That’s not to say you won’t want some help with the physical work of digging a hole for your pond, but it’s less complex than you may imagine to create this kind of water feature in your garden.

MLive recently offered some advice for any homeowner thinking of setting up their own pond. The first thing to consider is whether you want to use a molded plastic pond or synthetic rubber pond liners. That will largely depend on the space you have available and the shape you’d like your pond to be, as the former come in set sizes.

Your landscaper will be able to help you with the technicalities of getting the pond liner in place, including ensuring it’s all level, but then you’ll have the fun of deciding what plants and fish you’d like to introduce to your water feature.

Top tips when introducing fish to your pond are to wait at least a week for the water to settle before you put any fish in; and to pop your fish into the water in their bags for 20-30 minutes to allow the water temperature to equalise before releasing them.

Of course, fish aren’t the only creatures that can inhabit a pond. If you leave it as a more natural feature you’re likely to get frogs and toads appearing in the water, and if you’re lucky you may even see newts in your water feature.