Supplies needed for building your island:
Sheets of Styroam – we used severalÂ 1/2â thick sheets about 10â x 12â thatÂ we collected from packing materials
We are going for a rounded rectangular shape forÂ our island. You can make yours any size and shapeÂ you want… what is important is the layering. On theÂ underside you want to start with a large piece of foamÂ and 2 smaller pieces. Center the smaller pieces in theÂ center and pin with greening pins. This will allow theÂ larger base piece to float above the water.
Now flip your foam over and break off the corners.Â Pin the corners to the top. This will create levels forÂ us to build on.
Add a few more small pieces to create additionalÂ levels, pinning as you go.
Once you have everything pinned in place,Â tie some twine around the center. This will insureÂ that everything stays in place. Leave an extra longÂ tail that can be used to weight your island down.
Now lay your island, face down in theÂ middle of a piece of burlap. The burlap willÂ hold everything in place and keep the dirtÂ from getting into your pond filter. Wrap the burlap around to the backÂ leaving the top layers uncovered, andÂ pin in place. We curled up our twineÂ and pinned it down so we donât accidentallyÂ cut it off.Â Cut off the excess burlap as you go. We areÂ not worried about neatness, folks, no oneÂ is going to see this part!
When you are done your island willÂ look something like this. This is the top.Â Notice the crevices which will be perfectÂ for planting.
Choose your plants carefully. Make sure theyÂ can handle the shade or sun and a lot of water.Â We used mini mondo grass, ferns, begonias,Â and mazus.
Begin planting your plants, adding dirtÂ as needed. Use pins to pin plants rootsÂ to styrofoam so they stay in place.Â Continue adding plants, adding dirt.
Once you have all your plants in place,Â cover the entire island with moss and pinÂ in place.