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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