This is a common question among landscape pond owners. A tree will obviously shade the water and it will give your fish some shade too. The problem is that tree roots are attracted to metals and they can corrode your pump and filter system over time. It might sound like an expensive way to clear your pond but it is actually possible and here are some tips to help you.
Tree roots are attracted to metals like iron and copper. They can also be attracted to plastic and this is why some people believe that you can put a pond under a tree if there is no metal surface on the tree. Plastic can not withstand tree roots, so it is not recommended. If you are using plastic then you should place something like sand down the pond liner before placing the filter in case it becomes clogged with roots.
Tree roots start at the water line and work their way down to the fountain and finally to the pool. The problem is that when a tree grows, there is a lot of space for the root to grow so eventually they can break through and cause problems to your water system. This is why it is not recommended to put a pond in the tree box. You should only put a pond in the tree in a secluded part of the garden like undergrowth. If you want to use a tree to install your pond then you should dig a hole twice the root width of your pond and place it in the tree.
Tree roots are good at finding places where they can grow. If you choose a spot on the top of a big tree, you will need to make sure that there is not another tree in the area or else the water pump will not work properly. You can fill the hole with water so that the pump can circulate the water around the tree and not down into the pump’s path. It is a good idea to buy a water absorbent sock so that the water will drain out of the hole and not sit in the pump or in the pipes.
Sometimes a tree is in the way but other than that it is perfectly suitable to put a pond in. You just need to be careful not to put a pond in a shady area as roots cannot grow in those areas. If you have trees close to your house, you should consider planting a tree in your yard as it is easier for the tree to thrive in the shade. You should also check with the local authorities to see if the tree can be planted without removing it from its spot. Sometimes tree roots can be very difficult to remove.
If you are putting a pond in a tree box, you should be aware that you need to dig some holes before putting your pond in. This is because the tree roots can grow quite long and you don’t want them sticking out of the holes you create. The easiest way to deal with tree roots is to use a root remover, this is a chemical that you apply to the roots and they are dissolved in water. A root remover works by breaking down the root barrier, this is a strong layer of cells that surround the roots. These roots form a strong anchor for keeping the tree in place and can be removed with a net or a plucking tool. Tree roots can also be dissolved with mineral solution, a simple way to deal with them is to put some on the surface of the water and let it sit for awhile.
You should only use a tree box if you have a large enough area to fit a pond under it. If you have a smaller tree then you may be able to put it in the tree box. If you do, it is important to note that you will need to add some extra materials to make the tree box sink. This is because tree roots are usually more resistant to being submerged than fish roots are. Also if you have not bought a big enough tree box, you may need to enlarge it with some hollow tree parts and some metal.
The final answer to the question “can you put a pond under the trees?” will have to do with the health of your trees. If you are dealing with deciduous trees, you are going to need to protect them from sun exposure. This can be done with shade sails, but if you can’t buy them you might consider shading your tree with hay or straw. On the other hand, evergreen trees are usually fine in a pond setting so don’t worry if your tree starts to drop leaves.