Water Garden Features


Pump up your backyard garden design with the sound of splashing water. The sounds of water garden features is an experience not to be missed. For instance, listen to the sound of running bath water and to the constant dripping of a tap – which can be annoying to say the least. However, if we change the word dripping to trickling and replace the word running with flowing then that is another kettle of fish (excuse the pun if you have a pond.)

If water garden features are to prove their worth to the eye and ears of the beholder, then choose your garden decor fountains with these two factors in mind – pretty to look at and nice to listen to.

Water garden fountains and backyard waterfall ponds are the most favorable amongst gardeners. Before engaging in the actual water garden construction you will need to remember – a backyard water garden will actually oxygenate and freshen the water with its constant ongoing movements. If you have fish in the pool of your water garden features, then they will love the lively waters – but live aquatic plants like lilies and lotus may suffer because of this. Water pond plants prefer a waters stillness and their growth may just be hampered in action packed waters.

Careful thought and planning behind your backyard water garden features will make your venture a whole lot easier. If you want a bit of both worlds (fish and plants) then this is certainly possible. Your water garden features can still be home to easy aquatic plants but instead of live aquatic plants on top of the water why not landscape surrounding areas with pretty shrubs – this can be very affective as well as cost effective because the plants that you will use will not be of a specific plant type, therefore cost you less.

Another suggestion is to create a small water feature as a mini replica of your feature to the side of the larger garden fixture, with no pump action and have floating plants there. Water movements are very important to give off an effect which is relaxing to listen too and attractive to look at. Circulating swirls are fabulous water moves.

Water garden features and water garden kits can be found from the best friend you could ever have when taking on the task of water garden construction – and that is a manual. It is a wise decision to have a DIY book with you at all times when undertaking these types of tasks. Home garden supply stores will have all the information you need. Garden centers will offer a complete line of water garden kits, backyard ponds kits as well as fish ponds kits, so you will have a variety to choose from.

Gardening books will also provide you with all you need, for instance, there are basically two types of fish pond pumps – the submersible pump and surface pump. The surface pump is usually enclosed in a container alongside the pool where a polythene tube is used to feed the fountain or waterfall. To undertake this installation is far less complicated than you may think.

If you choose the alternative method – then the water garden pump thats submersible is a lot simpler. Plumbing is reduced to a minimum. Submersible pumps are not visible to the eye. This type of pump can not be seen due to its location submerged under water. It also creates no sound.



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Preformed Water Ponds


Location

Decide first what part of the backyard you want to have your garden fish pond situated before going out and buying anything. Select an area where it is far from the trees since many live aquatic plants, like lilies, need a sufficient amount of sunlight to grow.

Choose an area where there are no falling leaves that can make cleaning a nightmare. Do not place your pond on low areas either, since large volumes of rainwater might run off and accumulate in the pond during rainy seasons. Not to mention, the runoff water might contain fertilizers, pesticides, and other harmful materials.

Place your pond in an area where it can be best appreciated and seen. The sense of building a pond is for you to enjoy it. Select a location where it can be best viewed (i.e. the sitting area or a patio in the garden).

Types of Pond

After choosing where you want your pond to be located, it is now time to select what type of pond you want. The two types of pond are the following:

ABS plastic preformed water ponds are usually used for small ponds that can contain up to 250 gallons of water. This type of pond comes in a variety of sizes and shapes such as hourglass, rock gardens, and kidney. Waterfalls and formed spillways are also available.

Fish Pond Liners

A fish pond liners or liners are used for any size of pond. The sizes available are 10’ x 15’ to 20’ x 25’ or larger. This will allow you to build a pond to your preferred size either by using them individually or by connecting two or more pond liners together with a special adhesive.

Fish pond liners can be very heavy especially the larger ones. They are usually made of rubber. Using fish pond liners can be quite a fun and creative experience since this type will allow you to decide on the shape of your pond. However, you need to be aware that a 19’ x 26’ liner will not create a pond of the same size due to the depth and the extra material required for the overhang. Read further to see what I mean.

In choosing the proper size liner, it is imperative to know the width (W), length (L), as well as the maximum depth (MD) at their widest points. After which, use the formula L+(MD*2) by W+(MD*2).

This means that a 10 foot long by 5 foot wide by 2 foot deep pond may require a 14’ x 9’ pond liner so as to make an edge above the water level. It is important to let a professional pond developer help in determining the pond size liner you will need.

Dig It

Now that you’ve decided on the location and the type of fish pond, it is time to dig it. The average size of the pond is at least 18″ deep at its deepest point. However, 24″ is better. With this depth, the fish may be allowed to stay in the pond during winter months without freezing. Inclusion of planting shelves in the design will make it easier to place emergent lilies and plants.

Fish Pond Filters

After accomplishing the above tasks, it is high time for you to think about filtration. It may be better to ask your pond professional about this topic. Just keep in mind that whichever filter you choose, ensure that it is cleaned on a regular basis so that the water will remain clear. Utilizing a filter may also hinder the mosquitoes from making the pond their breeding ground.

All Set

And now, all you have to do is add your fish and you are good to go!



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A Landscape Masterpiece

A backyard garden pond is the kind of structure that can turn your average backyard into a landscape masterpiece. Water garden ponds often times are considered to be the centerpiece of a yard. As the variety of inexpensive water garden kits increase in the market, water garden features are becoming more popular to the public. Water garden ponds were only a luxury in the past for only those who could afford them. However, with the current landscape water features available today and with the efforts of home owners, building perfect landscaping water features has become a luxury for all.

Unfortunately, the rush of home owners to integrate ponds into their home landscaping, several DIY’ers have made mistakes. Building a backyard garden pond is not as easy as the market has made it out to be. There are several important factors to take into account before and during water garden construction. The following are some guidelines on how to build perfect landscaping water features the smart way. Remembering these key points will help in reducing those mistakes that DIY’ers usually make.

Tips and Tricks

First, let your backyard decide. The first question that comes to mind is where to place the pond? In most cases, home owners just find an open spot in their yard and immediately start working. The result? They still have their plain old backyard but now with a pond. Home owners have to integrate the pond into their existing landscape. Otherwise, the backyard water pond will fail to compliment the overall design and feel of the property. In situations like these, the presence of a pond can actually diminish the beauty of a homes landscape.

When considering water garden construction, take the time to pick out a design and suitable spot that will flatter the over all water garden design of your yard. Don’t just simply grab that shovel in and dig on the first spot you can find. Do a little research and if you still feel that your own judgment and creative water gardens design is not enough, ask some friends or family members to help you out. Remember two heads are better than one.

Second, consider the elements of your backyard. If you are considering breeding fish, you may want to rethink placing your pond in a shaded area. Warmth is an important element in maintaining the fish population. If the pond is placed near a tree, you may find yourself in a position where you are constantly cleaning leaves off the pond. The environmental surroundings of your backyard will have a great impact on the appearance and maintenance of the pond.

Last of all, size does matter. You need to make sure that the size of the pond will meet your goals. Some homeowners will build a small pond and place a variety of live aquatic plants and animals in it only to find out that the pond cannot satisfy the necessities of the plants and fish. Another thing to consider carefully is the depth of the pond. This is especially true for landscaping water features in colder climates and the ponds that contain fish. If the pond is built too shallow, it could freeze completely. Proper depth should always be considered when talking about size.

Building landscaping water features in your backyard can definitely make it more attractive. It is a great way to make outdoor living more colorful and enjoyable. If built correctly, it can add a certain luster to the beauty of a property and can ultimately raise the market value of the property. However, if done poorly, your backyard garden pond could become more stressful and ultimately present an incredible nightmare.



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How To Fish Ponds


A backyard water pond can offer a number of benefits. It can be cool and relaxing, visually appealing or it can provide the local wildlife a watering point.

For Starters

It is imperative to know the reason why you are building your backyard garden pond before the actual water garden construction. Some individuals just want to put in water garden ponds without considering the comfort and safety of the inhabitants of the pond. First evaluate the important aspects before even considering a water garden installation.

You can ask for advice from your local pond professional or read books that concentrate on fish ponds kits and the techniques of the actual water garden construction itself. Consult with your local pond contractor who will have experience in this particular field.

After you have your consultation, you may now begin to build your own outside fish pond following these planning stages:

Consider the location.

Choose a site where your pond will not be near existing large trees. The vantage point will prevent root problems as well as minimizing the hassle of falling leaves in your pond that may cause decay and poor water quality. Live aquatic plants such as water lilies need sunlight to grow. It is best to place your pond where it will be exposed to the sun for at least 6 hours per day. Too much sun can overheat during mid afternoon, usually between 11am until 3:00pm on hot summer days. A semi shaded area with a good amount of sunlight should be sufficient enough.

Temperature extremes should be minimized on the pond. If you intend on raising and breeding fish, it is important to make the pond as deep and as large as practical. However, deeper ponds may need to be fenced to prevent accidents.

Design with purpose.

Consider electricity to supply pumps, filters, and lights when designing your pond. It is also important to look into the water supply and drainage.

Ponds must have an overflow area (a place located below the rest of the pond height) to control where the excess water should go. Overflowing may be caused by overfilling the pond with water or from heavy rain.

Screen your overflow paths to prevent any escape of small plants, fish (and their eggs), and snails during water additions and heavy rainfall. This may also protect the local waterways from any possible escape. This is especially important if there are foreign fish in the pond.

Complete preparation requirements.

It is essential to clean and rinse ponds before use since fish and other water plants are sensitive to contaminants. “Curing” concrete ponds combined with water changes, scrubbing, filling, and painting with vinegar is also important.

Allow chloramines and chlorine to dissipate chemicals, especially if you used tap water to fill the pond. One can also utilize a commercial chlorine neutralizer from pet shops to solve this problem.

Ensure that all equipment such as fountains, waterfalls, filters, and lights are working satisfactorily before adding the fish and plants.

It is also better if you allow at least one week for the plants to settle in the pond before adding the fish. Clean up the pond regularly for dead leaves as this will add unwanted excess nutrients to the water and decay it as well.

Observe proper maintenance.

In general, keep the pond clean of fallen vegetation and dead leaves. The frequency of cleaning will depend on the amount of vegetation falling into the water and on the time of the year. Do the cleaning at the beginning of spring before the temperature of the water starts to rise.

Feed your fish and clean up the filters periodically.

Add water in the pond periodically. A normal garden hose will do. However, no more than 10-20% should be added at any one time because of the chlorine levels in tap water.

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Outside Fish Ponds


Aesthetics

Recently, one of the most popular backyard projects is adding water garden ponds or outside fish ponds to the yard. These projects, however, can only be achieved in larger yards that have walkways and large areas.

But if you are really set on creating your own outside fish ponds and yet you do not have a large back yard, there are design ideas that can be incorporated to place your pond in a location without having it take up too much space or dominate your yard.

Let your pond serve as the focal point of your backyard. Place it in the middle or in one corner of the yard if you have a small space. Make it appealing to the people walking around the house.

Location

If you wish to place it in the corner part of the yard, raise the pond a little higher so that the fish will become a surprise to visitors. But if you want to place it in the center, it is best if you place the pond at ground level or a little above it.

Fish Types

Make sure that the fish you house are colorful and lively enough to attract attention. Watching the fish swim around everyday can also be quite therapeutic. If you wish to maintain a small pond, do not house large fish such as the Japanese Koi. They may not live long enough in this type of environment and they are also extremely expensive. A gold fish pond is compatible with the size of your small pond, however, their longevity might not be a guaranteed in outdoor fish ponds.

Maintenance

Think how much you really want an outside fish pond and how you can maintain and build it depending upon your preferences. You might find that maintaining an indoor aquarium is difficult enough, think of the extra maintenance involved with outside fish ponds.

Consider the climate of your place. Water garden ponds and outside fish ponds are most applicable in tropical weather because of the advantage of the sun all year round. Some live aquatic plants need to be exposed to the sun to grow. The plants and fish may die if you let them stay in the pond during the winter months. It is best to transfer them to an indoor tank if the weather is not applicable.

Outside fish ponds in your own backyard only tells an individual how much energy, time, and money you are willing to devote to the beautification of your backyard. It does not matter how large or how small it is, it just goes to show that you appreciate beautiful things. You will not only impress a lot of people but yourself as well. A backyard garden pond brings a luxurious and relaxing feeling to any surrounding.

In order to make outside fish ponds more appealing, decorate their surroundings. Landscaping the pond will attract frogs and birds which will only add to the overall natural feeling. If you cannot afford landscaping projects, hanging plants and flowering bushes will also do. This will produce a great ambiance to your visitors and guests.

Creating outside fish ponds is not a go-get-it-and-have-it project. You have to maintain and preserve their beauty time and time again. Make sure to add water to it periodically. It is also important that you get rid of fallen leaves as this will cause decay and an unpleasant appearance.

Last of all, consult your local pond professionals before you start your water garden construction yourself. Do not hesitate to ask questions as this will only benefit the inhabitants of outside fish ponds.



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Backyard Centerpiece

Homes with waterfront views and accents are admired by many. This is because being around water offers a feeling of beauty, allure, and serenity. Creating your own water garden features in your backyard, such as outside fish ponds, will also add to that visual appeal. Bring your yard to life with the soothing sounds of water in motion. Make your backyard water garden the focal point.

However, there are some considerations before starting water garden construction:

Climate

Consider the climate of your area. If you live in an area to the north where your winters experience snow, then it is best if you make outside fish ponds deeper since the fish tend to hibernate at the bottom of the pond and naturally stop eating when the water temperature goes below 45 degrees.

If you live in a location where the pond will completely freeze over, it is imperative that a hole be created in the ice to help the fish survive. In this case, live aquatic plants should be removed and placed indoors since they may not survive the cold temperature.

Water Garden Filters

Consider the filtration system of your pond. There is what you call natural filtration where filtration is provided by the natural motion of the moving waters. If this is the case, then you probably don’t need a filter for your backyard garden pond, considering the design of your system and the climate of your area.

However, to know what is best for your backyard garden pond, consult a pond professional concerning filtration. There are cartridge filters and biological filters available from shops that provide fish pond supplies.

Backyard X-Scapes

Now, to get your backyard garden pond started:

First step. Make intelligent decisions by educating yourself.

Do not push the task of water garden construction or pond building
without knowing the essentials first. Know what equipment requirements are needed. Find out if your yard is appropriate to hold decorative garden accessories. Is the climate compatible with your pond? Are you up for the regular maintenance it needs? Take into consideration the availability of supplies such as electricity, filtration, and water. Decide what type of pond you are willing to make, is it a small one? Or large backyard ponds?

Second step. Decide on the location of your pond.

Locate your pond in an area where the sun will be able to shine on it. Do not place it under the trees since it will cause a cleaning nightmare due to the falling leaves. Do not place your pond where runoff water tends to overflow. These will accumulate in your pond making it dirty and murky.

Determine the depth of your pond. The average depth of a backyard garden pond is usually between 18″ to 24″. Make the outline of your pond and start digging it. Create steps in order to provide easy access to the pond during maintenance. These steps will also be perfect for holding potted plants just above the water. Make sure that the bottom is leveled as you dig.

Third step. The appropriate sized fish pond liner.

In order to get the correct size for your fish pond liner, take the
width of your pond and add twice the depth of the pond, then add 24 more inches. Measuring the length is done by using the similar formula. Now, drape the liner over the pond. Arrange it and place stones around the edges.

Fourth step. Fill it up with water.

Start filling the pond with water. Fold large creases neatly and remove wrinkles as you fill the pond with water to make the creases less noticeable.

Fifth step. Install the required equipment.

After filling it up with water, place filters, pumps, and add lights to the pond. Connect them to the electrical supply. Then add your fish and plants, and you are ready to go!

Enjoy!




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Tweaking Your Backyard Garden Pond


A backyard garden pond is not just for rich individuals. Nowadays, even the simplest homeowner can make their own backyard garden pond as luxurious as the any wealthy estate. Once you get your backyard garden pond set up, it will provide both fun and enjoyment. It also provides a dwelling place for the fish, wildlife, live aquatic plants and flowers. It is a relaxing hobby that not only provides relaxation but appreciation of Mother Nature as well.

Plan Ahead

Building your own backyard garden pond may not be extremely difficult, but thorough planning should be considered during water garden construction. The hardest part in building water garden ponds is digging the hole. It all depends on what type of soil your region has. This determines how easy or how strenuous the digging part would be. The size and shape of the pond depends on your preferences. It can be a small, preformed water pond or one that needs a fish pond liner that can hold up to seven thousand gallons of water.

Location

Consider the location of your pond. Where would it be best seen? Picture yourself sitting outside. What location grabs your eye the most? Consider these important elements. Is the water source situated nearby? Is your pond’s location a flat area? Is an electrical supply available? Keep in mind that these are just some of the questions that need to be answered.

Equipment

Building a backyard garden pond of any size requires a complete set of tools. In water garden construction, one must need a water pump, a UV filter, a pond filter, and some pond plants among others. Additional must haves are the following: a fish pond liner of appropriate size, an air diffuser, pond lights, a skimmer, the aquatic animals, and fish food.

Cost

Another thing to consider in water garden construction is the cost. Initially, constructing and maintaining the pond could be quite expensive, that is with out a doubt. But there are now cheaper do it yourself backyard ponds kits available in the market. Once it is finished, the enjoyment it brings is well worth it. Another plus for the backyard garden pond is that it turns an oh-so-boring piece of land into a place of beauty. It works best if you have the proper landscape to go with your pond. Make your pond the centerpiece of your back yard. However, because of too many do-it-yourself homeowners, they usually make mistakes. Following these guidelines may help you avoid the pitfalls of do it yourself backyard pond disasters.

Initially, it is important to incorporate your pond into the current landscape of your backyard. This works best for amateur landscapers who just want to get right down to work. Do not let your pond detract the beauty of your yard. Make it fit so that your pond will not feel out of place.

To Sum It Up

Integrate your water garden design into your landscape. Do not make it lavish if you have a very simple backyard. Take time to choose the design that will flatter the overall landscape. Secondly, think of the essential requirements of a pond. Do not place your pond in complete shade since this will hamper the amount of sunlight your pond gets. Aquatic animals and plants need ample amount of the warmth of the sun. Finally, size does matter. Plan the size of your pond. Do not house too many fish in a small pond. Experiment with a variety of live aquatic plants. A backyard water garden will provide luster and relaxation to your yard as well as increase your property’s value. Make your backyard more attractive and enjoyable by adding a backyard garden pond.




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Aesthetic Appeal

A backyard garden pond offers an aesthetic addition to your landscape. Water garden construction projects such as these will offer tranquility and relaxation to the whole family as well. However, building, constructing, and taking care of ponds are not as easy as you may think.

A lot of effort, planning, and money must go into water garden ponds. It is important that you think things through before deciding on constructing and installing your very own creative water gardens.

A backyard water garden is not as simple as installing it and letting it go afterwards. It is a consistent and constant endeavor, much like a hobby. Maintenance should be done periodically.

There are backyard ponds kits, water garden kits, as well as fish ponds kits available on the market. However, by following some of these guidelines, you will be able to construct and install a do-it- yourself backyard garden pond.

First Tip: Utilize a plastic fish pond liner for your pond.

In separating the garden fish pond from the surrounding soil, it is better to use a plastic fish pond liner (PVC liners work best). It prevents the escape of the live aquatic plants, fishes, and other pond contents from the garden fish pond. Along those same lines, it also prevents the entry of nutrients from the soil or other non pond materials. This will make maintenance and cleaning easier since you will only have to deal with the mess and dirt of the backyard pond itself and the fish that live there.

In building the pond of your preferred size, fish pond liners are the option to choose. Usually, they are utilized for large ponds that do not have pre-formed sizes available.

However, it is imperative that you choose the right size of the pond liner. Pond lines or fish pond liners are used for any size of pond. The usual sizes available are 10’ x 15’ to 20’ x 25’ or sometimes larger. This will allow you to build creative water gardens to your preferred size either by using them individually or by connecting together two or more pond liners with an adhesive especially made for this material.

A cement pond liner or molded fish ponds will also do, however, these options are more expensive and may require extra labor in construction.

Second Tip: Avoid low lying areas.

Water garden construction in an area of your yard where runoff water from your lawn flows is a huge no-no. The runoff water will only accumulate in your fish pond, causing it to overflow and become dirty as well. This is one of the common mistakes of do-it-yourself backyard water pond projects. Maintaining a fish pond or backyard water garden is difficult enough without excess dirty water coming from your lawn.

On the contrary, installing the pond in an area a little above the ground or in high parts of the lawn will prove to be easier and wiser to maintain.

Third Tip: Provide sufficient sunlight.

This means that placing the pond in shady areas will not enhance the growth of the live aquatic plants. On the other hand, placing it in an area where too much sun shines will just cause them to die. Place your pond where there is enough sunlight to filter through. Most live aquatic plants need sunlight to grow, but some do not. Research on what plants suit your weather the best.

Fourth Tip: Water your plants.

Adding a variety of live aquatic plants may decrease the excess nutrients in the pond. They will also hamper algae growth that makes the pond murky and dirty.

Consulting your local pond professional is also an option. Not only will they provide advice to make your project work, they may also make maintaining your backyard garden pond easier and more pleasant to do.

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Building a Backyard Garden Pond


Building the perfect backyard garden pond can be a do-it-yourself project or you can hire a professional to do it for you. It’s really not that hard but it does require some research and a certain knowledge about landscaping in general in order to get it right.

You may need to get a good book and read up on it or ask some friends and professionals about the idea of building a backyard garden pond. For now, here is a brief discussion on water garden construction that you’ve always wanted in your garden.

Situate the Pond

Basically the first step to building water garden ponds is to find a suitable spot to dig a hole in your yard. The size and depth of the pond should be proportional to the size of your yard.

A fish pond liner will also be needed. You can buy a prefabricated fiberglass fish pond liner or you have the choice of free forming your pond with rubber roofing material. There is also the option of molded fish ponds you can buy in the marketplace. In any case, a fish pond liner is essential for your backyard water garden to keep the water from draining.

If you are planning on breeding fish in your pond, you will need to consider the depth. Make sure that the pond is deep enough for the fish, especially gold fish ponds. I would suggest at least twenty four to thirty six inches. Our pond is thirty six to forty eight inches deep just because our pond contains fish. In colder climates, the pond should be deeper than the frost line, making sure that the fish still have room to grow and survive.

Water garden ponds should not be placed near trees or in low lying areas. Live aquatic plants, especially lilies, and fish need the warmth of the sun. Falling leaves can also accumulate quite fast and cause a cleaning nightmare. Low areas on the other hand, can create a large amount of runoff from the rain to enter the pond. Rainwater runoff may contain chemicals coming from pesticides and fertilizers which can be harmful to live aquatic plants and fish.

Water Garden Filters

Building a backyard water garden also requires the owners to put some thought into how to filter off the waste that accumulates in the pond itself. A good thing to remember is that the bigger the water area the better it can handle the waste coming from the fish. Keep in mind that you will need to put some kind of substrate or gravel so that a bacteria bed can build up and help maintain good water quality. You can buy fish pond filters and gravel at your local pet stores.

If you are building a gold fish pond or Koi fish ponds, wait until you have covered the bottom with gravel and placed a good filtering system in. Like an aquarium or an indoor water garden, you should introduce the fish to the pond one at a time. Allow some time for the environment of the pond to adjust to the population. If you dump all of the fish in at once, they probably would not survive the environment because of the natural filtering effect of the bacteria that takes place with the waste of the fish and their food.

Fish pond filters can also help to ensure that your pond doesn’t become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes lay their eggs on still waters, so anything that agitates the eggs will help prevent the pond from becoming a breeding ground. Filters help maintain the cleanliness of the water but regular cleaning is still required to maintain the quality of the pond.

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A Backyard Water Garden


A backyard water garden was once thought to be owned only by the wealthy elite. Today, a backyard garden pond can be built by even the simplest of homeowners. Water gardens liven backyard living spaces up and make a great conversational piece for guests and visitors. Water garden ponds will not only provide a beautiful and visually appealing backyard but create a relaxing one as well.

From cozy and small, to rich and lush, a backyard water garden can range from extravagant natural water gardens to simple container water gardens. Just a little background about building a back yard pond and the right materials is enough to build your very own creative water gardens.

Step One: Decide where your pond will be situated.

Look for an area in your yard where there are very little trees. Falling leaves and debris can make maintenance an everyday occurrence. Place your pond in an area where the warmth of the sun will reach it daily as well. Fish and live aquatic plants need the sun to grow and survive. However, too much of the sun’s heat can cause some plants, especially lilies, to die. Creating a balance is a necessity.

You will also want to place your pond in a high area of your yard. This will prevent runoff water from accumulating and overflowing your backyard garden pond which will create murkiness and additional maintenance.

Step Two: Lay out the area of your pond.

To form the size of your water ponds designs, trace the perimeter of the pond using a bendable material such as a garden hose. Form the garden hose to your desired design then mark the area using spray paint or household flour, which is biodegradable.

Step Three: Use a pond liner.

Fish pond liners are used to prevent water from the pond, fish, plants, and the other pond contents from escaping the pond itself. In the same way, it also prevents non-pond materials from entering and causing dirt or excess nutrients in the pond. Pond liners range from pre-formed liners to PVC liners. Using cement or molded fish ponds are also applicable, however, they are a bit more costly.

Pre-formed liners are usually utilized by small ponds. They can be bought at pond supply outlets and can be easily installed after digging the ponds layout. However, if you want creative water gardens, PVC liners would work the best. They are basically used for complex or large backyard ponds. Other types of liners are available as well, so it is always best to ask for advice from your local pond expert.

Step Four: Dig your pond.

Dig your pond according to your water garden design. A general rule of thumb is twenty four to thirty six inches. If your backyard garden pond will house fish, thirty six to forty eight inches in depth would be desirable. Diligently and carefully place rocks on the edges of the pond liner and fill in any empty spaces with gravel. Then camouflage the rest of the exposed liner with stones, pebbles, or plants.

Step Five: Assemble the equipment.

Make sure that the water filter, pump and lighting are functioning properly before placing them in their desired location. Connect them to the electrical supply and place them in the locations according to your design. Do not forget to make a proper drainage system for your pond as well.

Step Six: Just add water.

Now is the time to fill the pond with water. Clean out the area first and then add clean fresh water to your pond. You will want to observe if there any places your liner is leaking. Place the plants in their rightful spots and let the plants settle for at least a week before adding the fish. Add your fish one at a time so that the natural bacteria of the pond starts to form. Never overstock your pond with fish or you will probably loose them all. Remember, always consider the size of your backyard water garden to your fish. Make sure they are compatible.

And now, sit back and relax. Give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done!

Kali Winters is gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain beautiful, amazing gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” is available Here! There you will find one of 12 free bonus books on Building a Backyard Pond….with instructions and pictures to help!




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Backyard water gardens are for butterflies, frogs, birds, fish and for your whole families enjoyment. Some ponds may be small, such as container water gardens, or some may only reach 3 to 4 feet in diameter. You might see outside fish ponds but then again you may also see very large backyard ponds. Regardless, backyard water gardens no matter the shape or size, will not only provide enjoyment and interest but they will also bring a natural and relaxing environment to many. Isn’t that the main reason for creating one in the first place?

Backyard water gardens, particularly a garden fish pond, will become the focal point of conversation from visitors and family alike. So spice it up with the following tips and techniques provided.

Where to Place Your Backyard Garden Pond

Locate your garden fish pond in a place where it can be viewed the best, such as from a deck or patio. Create it so it coincides with the natural surroundings of your property. Never place a garden fish pond where the sun might overheat it. Rather, nestle it in a semi-shaded spot. Do not locate it under the trees where debris will overrun it and create too much maintenance for you to handle.

Landscaping

It is best to slightly elevate the soil surrounding your garden fish pond so that excess water will not enter into it. Plan the drainage system of the pond, making sure that it draws the water away from the pond itself.

Landscaping the surroundings around your pond will invite a natural dwelling for birds and frogs alike. Both require water and the land your landscaping will provide.

Make sure that electricity is available as well if you plan to use lights, filters, or a water re-circulating device. Also check into the possibility of creating solar water gardens.

Do not place water garden ponds under trees. This will avoid the maintenance problem of falling leaves into the pond. Expose the pond to sufficient sunlight only since some live aquatic plants grow well in full sun where others do not. Balance is the key.

Using a Fish Pond Liner

A fish pond liner is used to keep water from leaking into the soil. They are a necessity for garden fish ponds even if the pond is situated in clay soil. A fish pond liner will come in many different shapes and sizes and are quite durable and convenient. Some fish ponds kits even include built in waterfalls or can be bought upon any design based on your preference.

Consider a polyvinyl chloride liner (PVC liner) when building large backyard ponds. To determine the size of the PVC, you have to know the maximum length, width, and depth of the pond. Then multiply the maximum depth by 3. Add the answer to the width plus the length. Now you have enough PVC to securely hold down the pond edges.

A PVC fish pond liner comes in many different thicknesses as well. The thicker the pond liner, the more resistant it is to punctures. Cement is considered an optional pool liner as well as manufactured molded fish ponds designed to your liking, however, both are a relatively expensive alternative.

Considering that many ponds are quite small, other plastics may be used instead. They may be cheaper, however, they may also break down faster when they have prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light. Some plastics may also prove to be toxic to fish. It is always best to go with the thicker fish pond liner. It will save you more time and expense in the long run.

Water Garden Installation

Time your water garden installation in the late summer or early fall, when the ground is not overly wet or frozen. Dig the hole according to the right depth and size and secure the pond liner with rocks, pebbles and stones. Then landscape the ponds surrounding. Add water, plants, and your water garden pump. Let the pond sit for a few days before adding plants and fish. Let the plants settle for at least one week before placing the fish.

Then it’s time to sit back and enjoy your garden fish pond with family and friends!

Kali Winters is gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain beautiful, amazing gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” is available Here!

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About Water Garden Ponds


There are many new trends surfacing in gardening today, and water garden ponds are one of the main new interests. Backyard water gardens can be in the form of garden water falls, fish ponds, and water garden fountains, all of which can be enhanced by rock work in many combinations as well as lighting, plants, and fish. Water garden ponds don’t have to be just an outside fish pond or natural water gardens either, it can consist of just a plastic tub to create container water gardens, or basically anything that can hold water.

The most important thing to consider in a backyard water garden is probably the spot chosen. Since live aquatic plants and fish both need plenty of sunlight, places in direct light away from trees and bushes is the best overall position. This will also help prevent leaves and debris from collecting in the water.

When planning your water garden design, first decide the size you want. This will depend on how much money you are willing to spend because a backyard water garden can get expensive if you opt for large backyard ponds full of plants, rocks, fish, and lights. Also consider the size of our property, and the amount of time you want to spend with maintaining your backyard water garden.

When choosing the type of live aquatic plants you wish to place in your pond, remember that the plants should only cover about half of the water area. Plants can be free floating, submerged, or marginal. The one you choose is all a matter of personal preference. Some plants are good for their scent, some provide more oxygen and will keep the pool healthy, and some are just simply beautiful. Fish are not only nice to look at but they are also very beneficial. Fish help keep debris at a minimum and help in controlling larva and other insects.

One of the main difficulties in water garden ponds is keeping pond water clear of algae. Algae problems are usually caused from too many nutrients in the water from feeding fish too often or from over fertilizing plants. If backyard garden ponds are made correctly and are maintained properly algae problems and control will be kept at a minimum.

You can get rid of algae by reducing the nutrients that caused the algae in the first place. Cutting back on feeding and fertilizing, planting more live aquatic plants, installing a water garden filter system, or replacing existing water with fresh water are simple solutions. There are some chemicals that can be used, like copper compounds, but overuse can kill plant life and fish.

All water garden ponds, regardless of size, will need regular maintenance throughout the year. With proper planning you can ensure a healthy balance between living and decorative features of water garden ponds that can almost care for itself with simple maintenance inputs.

Water garden ponds don’t take anymore time than regular gardening, but obviously they aren’t nearly the same thing. You may be the type of person who couldn’t grow a flower if you tried but would be excellent at water gardening. If you are looking for something to occupy some time or to beautify your yard, installing a backyard water garden is an excellent way.

Kali Winters is gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain beautiful, amazing gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” is available Here! There you will find one of 12 free bonus books dedicated to Water Garden Pond Construction…with instructions and pictures to help!




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