When the Soil Composition is Your Main Obstacle

 

Have extra space in your garden? Don’t’ have anything to do with it? Then, most probably, your next thought would be somewhere along the lines of building an artificial pond for your garden. Artificial ponds have become increasingly popular additions to gardens and other outdoor spaces, both because of their aesthetic sense and their ability to lower temperatures. As such, it’s definitely no wonder that your mind might wander towards this thought as soon as you happen to find an ideal place for a pond within your home.

Whilst you might be eager to build a pond, there are certain conditions that you first need to consider. If we take a pause to look at the existence of natural ponds and lakes, we find that water tends to collect in these places because of the composition of the soil. Explained more in-depth, this composition of the soil is usually that of clayey soil – clay is the most impermeable among soil structures, and thus prevents water from percolating downwards and draining out. However, clayey soil is not something you find everywhere; you might very well not find it in your garden. But don’t worry – this does not mean that a pond is out of question for your garden; it simply means you’ll have to rely on modern technology a bit more.

Thanks to modern advances, methods to trap water and create artificial ponds have been invented – these do not use concrete, tiles, etc. to create ponds that resemble mini swimming pools though. Instead, they are more correctly defined as ‘impermeable geo-membranes’, and are known in common everyday language as ‘pond liners’. Simply put, they are ‘coverings’ or ‘coatings’ that inhibit the draining of water; under this definition, clay is also one of the liners – to be more exact, it is the oldest known material that has been used for this purpose, and also the one which is the most stable (it can remain stable even for a thousand years).

Process of pond liner installation today, however, does not make use of clay; instead materials such as PVC (polyvinyl chloride), butyl rubber and EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer rubber) are used currently for this purpose. Being flexible materials, they are either cut out beforehand to fit to the shape of the pond, or are welded together from separate pieces. Another newer, but more expensive method, is the use of polyurea – unlike the aforementioned rubber materials, polyuria is directly ‘sprayed’ onto the surface of the pond. By spraying this, a coating of polyurea forms and serves to retain water within the pond.

Thus, even if the soil composition is not favourable towards the construction of a pond in your garden, there are many new techniques that can circumvent that single obstacle and realize your dream of having a pond in your garden – therefore, don’t hold back because of the soil, and go build your pond today itself!


The Pros and Cons Of Alternative Therapy

 

While in the past the usage of herbs and plants to cure illnesses was common today, there is not much information on the subject and most medical professionals use modern medicine or antibiotics to cure illnesses and ailments. However if you look in the right places you will find that there are many Ayurveda doctors that still practice these ancient medical and healing techniques that have been known to work time and time again. It would be useful to look online or to join a Facebook group of people who use alternative therapy if you would like to find a doctor in your area.

If you were to look online you are likely to find quite a lot of reading material on alternative therapy however most of this material is not written by professionals but by people who practice the therapy themselves. Therefore it can be dangerous to follow a certain kind of therapy based only on your online reading. A search for an Ayurveda doctor is always best.

No side effects

Most kinds of alternative therapy such as Ayurveda treatment using herbs and plants do not have any side effects because most of the plants that are used are plants that we consume in everyday life. In south area, these plants are consumed everyday as part of the meals there people eat and therefore their people have been known to live very healthy lives. On the other hand therapies such as ear cones have been deemed dangerous by medical professionals as they can cause injury to the ear if not practiced correctly.

If you would like to practice the therapy of ear cones, you will need to go to an alternative therapy clinic and have a professional conduct the practice. There are doctors who will still conduct this kind of therapy however finding one is the challenge that you will have.

If you want to pursue this kind of therapy, you should know first where to source the materials. You can continue reading here to know more. 

Many alternative therapies including Ayurveda make use of prevention techniques instead of curing techniques and therefore the consumption of certain plants recommended in Ayurveda therapy could prevent you from getting an illness instead of you having to cure the illness once you have already got it. These prevention techniques using plants have been known to work time and time again and have been proven even by medical professionals. As mentioned above, these plants and herbs are still very much a part of the daily diet of many people in south area with Ayurveda being the base of their traditional meals and therefore these people are known to be very healthy and energetic.