After plastering the wall, we elevate the garden by laying red bricks seperating the garden and the drive way. This has two advantages, elvation of the garden to deepen the pond by an extra 6 inches, and also saves us the hassle of removing all the earth dug up to make the pond. Even then, we had removed about 15 wheelbarrow of red earth.
I had to use an aquarium tube filled with water to mark the difference in the elevation from the gate to the front of the house to ensure the side wall is not slanted. The difference is about 5 inches in height, hence 2layers of bricks by the front of the wall is used, while 3 layers near the gate.
This took us two days, originally only a layer of bricks were to be layed, but we eventually decided to top it up with another.
Look at Galvin’s blog for his version of my pond, supped up and modified!
Mixing the mortar a bit
Laying the 2nd layer of brick at the front of the house
Cutting red bricks proved to be a pretty tough job
Done! You can see 2 layers of bricks from the left, to 3 layers to the right side.
Next Up – Rounding the top of the pond