Garden Pools

Will you be adding garden pools to your home site, these always add interest to a garden, my suggestions may help.

Are you planning to add a garden pool to your land? If so you will have so much pleasure from this pool and it will add so much interest to your garden. These garden pools can be formal or informal and can be constructed of many materials such as clay, lead or concrete. Before you start this project, realize that you will need to work to maintain your garden pool and will need a little experience in handling tools.

Most pools are made from concrete, and usually the rectangular or square pool is the easiest to make as the forms to hold the concrete are simple to build as the ones with curves will be harder. You will need to first level off the ground surrounding this pool either by hand or

perhaps with a machine: use states to make sure

the ground is level or when the pool is complete it'll be sitting at a tilt. Be sure to put the stakes further out than the pool so they won't interfere with your work while building the pool.

If you are interested in a medium size pool, save about 6' by l0' x 2', you need to make the bottom at least six inches thick, the side walls at least four inches thick, and make these walls and bottoms airtight. Once the pool is finished you won't be able to make corrections with the concrete. After you get the pool all stacked out the soil should be excavated and used as a back form so that the soil is firm enough to hold a vertical cut. Remember the soil could crumble so space should be allowed for a wooden form to hold the concrete, and this will more than double the lumber requirements for your garden pool.

Now don't forget to take into consideration that the water supply and also the drainage should be planned ahead of time so that any piping should be set at the time the forms for the concrete are built. Fit these forms with flanges to make tight joints. Be sure that the drain pipe is laid without sags and is given enough pitch to drain out the water. Now sometimes a person will fill the pool with a garden hose and save time and money, it is a personal preference.

Before you pour concrete be sure to layer four inches along the bottom with cinders, and tamp them. Be sure the concrete is poured to make a tight seal between the floor and the walls. The concrete for the walls should be poured in one operation, using only enough water to make it run easily into the forms.

While pouring you'll need to use a flat tamp or spade to work out all the air to insure a smooth surface. Make sure that the concrete is well tamped into the key joint. Afer 24 hours you can remove the forms and finish the surface using a wooden block with water as a lubricant: never ever think of applying a cement mixture as a finish coat.

Don't forget you need to reinforce the bottom and the corners with clean scrap iron or wire mesh: this is done while the concrete is being poured.

There are various ways to construct a garden pool, and another one is clay. This is done by mulling it well with enough water to give it a soft putty consistency and applying the clay by hand and using a well tampered tool similar to a large wooden potato masher. Think of placing heavy coping stones around the edges.

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