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:
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.
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!
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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