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     Garden Ponds
 Series of Articles on Garden Ponds

CONSIDERATIONS

Article 1 - Garden Pond Considerations

Garden Ponds

Before building a pond, you should decide on what kind of pond you want. Will it be a garden pond or a pond with fish or koi? There is a big difference between the way a water garden and a fish pond are built. A fish pond will need a lot of filtration and more maintenance. A garden pond can have varying amount of filtration from none to much depending on how clear you want the water to be. The clearer the water, the more filtration is needed. It could just have plants if you like. If you decide to build a garden pond, then you should observe the following considerations.

First and foremost, you need to decide if you have room to build a pond. Usually this is no problem because you can have a pond as small as a barrel. Then you need to decide if you want the pond to be surrounded by trees or shade. This can present future problems as leaves could fall into the pond making cleaning quite arduous. Also, you need to make sure pond plants get adequate sunlight as few of them grow well without proper amount of light.

After all that, building a water garden is quite easy. The steps are quite straight forward and logical. First dig a hole to your desired pond size. Then put in a liner and hide the liner edges with something. Finally, install a pump to circulate the water and add plants to the pond to complete your garden pond. It is easy to maintain it and there is no need for a filtration system if you don’t mind cloudy water. However, if you encounter algae bloom, then you will need filtration for your garden pond.

There are four types of pond plants to consider for your pond garden. Oxgenator plants help keep the water clear and are usually totally submersed beneath the pond. Floaters are just plants that usually have their roots and stem submersed but their leaves and flowers above the water. Marginals are just plants that usually reside in the shallow part of the pond. They provide nothing more than decorations. Lastly, there are deep water plants that need to be planted in water depth of one-foot or greater.

The above considerations should be taken into account when building a garden pond for yourself. The way your pond turns out is only limited by your creativity. There are many options and plants to help you realize your dream water garden.

 

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