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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