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Open the packet containing the rods for the Heron Guard. Each packet will contain 10 rods.
Place the rods at intervals around the edge of the pond so that each rod is approximately 6 inches (15cm) from the edge of the pond. Choose the location for each rod carefully. Use as few rods as you can. Locate them at shorter intervals for tighter curves and longer intervals for gentle curves and ponds with straight edges. A few well placed rods will look much better than lots of unnecessary rods placed at short intervals around the pond.
Push the rods into the ground around the pond. Push each rod 6 inches into the ground. The rods should lean inwards towards the water at an angle of approximately 15 degrees.
When all the rods are in place, stretch fishing line between each rod, tying the fishing line to each rod as you go. Use the grooves provided to locate the fishing line. When you have finished, there will be 3 single strands of fishing line encircling the pond, evenly spaced at different heights.
Tying the fishing line to each rod will mean that if the line is accidentally cut or damaged, only a small section of line will be affected. The line cannot then unwind from the other rods around the pond.
The rods should be located around the perimeter of the pond so that when the fishing line is stretched around the rods, all of the pond is contained within the circle of fishing line. Use the rods to stretch a few strands of fishing line diagonally across the pond. Use only the top grooves for this.
Do you have a statue in the pond or any other object which the heron could land on and fish from? If so, stretch fishing line between the rods so that they cross over the top of the statue and make it difficult for the heron to land.
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