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Many ponds are just ugly: Naked, black liner instead of colourful shore vegetation. Such shores are unnatural and nature destroys them. The shore mat is a secure protection. Most install it from the start - this also accelerates plant growth.  

Many ponds look like this...
...where this is what was intended.

Risk from Ice
After a frosty period the ice begins to melt at the edges. A slab of ice that weighs tons drifts on the pond and is slowly blown against the shore by the wind. The knife sharp edge presses into the unprotected liner. Several time per hour, always in the same spot. Hour after hour. Day after day. Year after year. No liner withstands this for long. The solution: The liner has to be protected.

Risk from UV Radiation
Constant irradiation with UV light causes everything to age. If liners aren't protected against this they break within a year. Stabilisers, however, can only delay the liner's ageing, not prevent it completely. They protect against, say, 3,000 sun-hours - after that the liner has to be covered. To use more stabiliser is not an option, because the liner then becomes more vulnerable to cold.
Solution: The liner has to be covered.

Risk from Stones on top of the Liner
All stones can be cracked into splinters by frost. Ice then presses the sharp edges into the liner. Stones on top of the liner are therefore always a mistake.
Round pebbles often slide down the smooth liner, leaving the shore unprotected again. Square stones remain in position, but always have sharp bits and are hence a risk for the liner.
Solution: Decorative stones on top of the liner always have to be underlaid.
Solution: The NaturaGart Shore Mat
The unprotected liner's durability is reduced by 80-90%. The sooner the liner is protected against ice and UV light with a shore mat, the better and the longer it will last! Therefore the NaturaGart shore mat is recommended for all new constructions. Plant growth on the shores is also much faster.
Naked liner (right) is covered with shore mat - the problem is solved.
If you prefer flowers rather than moss: they grow even faster.

Installation Example of Shore Mat
Here you can see examples of its installation and how vegetation develops. At the construction location the mat is rolled out and covered with sand. Then seed, moss sprout or plants, as well as fertiliser are spread on top. Seeding always takes place at the site.

Find out more about the shore mat here here

The 65cm wide shore mat on the bank between pond and filtering trench.
After seeding the first plants begin to germinate, the first mosses appear.
Moss and flower seed grow. Even at this early stage the shore looks very natural.
Growth goes on: From the shore the first offshoots begin to grow toward the mat.
Stable planting with the just 10cm tall rushes and several other species.

Pocket Mats for Steep Banks
When the next available terrace lies 60cm or more below, normally only the upper area is protected. Then the shore mat ends somewhere on the underwater part of the bank. If it isn't sufficiently weighed down, it will float to the surface.
This problem is elegantly avoided by using pocket mats. When the pockets are filled with sand the mat stays securely in place.

The NaturaGart Pocket Mat has to be secured on the shore. This is ideally done with the shore profile, but is also possible with stones.

You can order pocket mats here

For secure fastening the mat extends 50cm out of the water.
Another 50cm of the pocket mat reach into the water, leaving both rows of pockets under water.

Covered shore area:
 65cm = 2 x 3 = 6 pockets
120cm = 2 x 6 = 12 pockets
200cm = 2 x 9 = 18 pockets

We supply the corresponding pocket plant sorts for the pockets.
Das NaturaGart Shore Profile
Connecting to paved areas is often complicated. If you want an elegant and easy to install solution we recommend the aluminium profile. It consists of three parts that securely clamp down the liner and the shore mat.

The shore profile is a technically sound solution. Also good for recovering too closely cut liners.

Find out more about the shore profile here

If you want to fasten the liner to a steep bank this allows for completely unobtrusive solutions.

Read more about the liner-clamping profile here