Building a plant filter for your pond..

Designing a plant filter for your water feature.

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Designing a plant filter for your water feature

 

 

 

 

1. Excavate your pond in the usual manner, except that along one side dig a plant filter 12 inches deep and 3 feet wide or as wide as desired. With treated lumber or concrete blocks, build a 6 to 12 inches thick dam between the pond and the plant filter. Water from the plant filter will spill over the wall into the pond. A 2 ½ inch wide spillway would result in a ¼ inch flow of water returning to the pond, water would only trickle over a 5 inch wide spillway. Drape the liner over the spillway and top it with flat rocks. Secure the rocks with mortar to make a walkway.

2. Next attach tubing to the pump at the far side and run it to the plant filter, where it will attach to 1 ½ inch wide PVC pipe with 3/8 inch holes drilled 12 inches apart. Use one length of the pipe for each 3 feet of filter width. Use a PVC T-piece or elbow fitting when a manifold is needed to distribute the water into more than one pipe under the plant filter.

3. Cover the PVC pipe with landscape fabric, which allows water to pass out of the pipe but prevents particles less than 3/8 inch from entering the pipe.

 

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