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Article 3 - Garden Ponds Summary

Garden Ponds

A conventional water garden pond is the first choice for anyone who wants to grow aquatic plants and encourage wildlife. A water garden pond is more than just a water feature. It becomes a living community of plants, fish, insects and frogs. When you add water to the garden, nature comes to you. That is what water gardening is all about. As you plan your garden pond, it is important to place it in an area that gets at least five hours of sunlight a day to insure good plant growth in the garden pond.

The sound of running water is an added attraction in a water garden pond. In a small environment, pond a fountain or cascade can cause water turbulence that is damaging to plants such as water lilies. A simple trickle of water will be enough to create the magical sound of running water.

If you have small children, it might be best to confine water to wall-spouts and self-contained wall fountains or to bubble fountains where the water runs into a hidden reservoir rather than build a water garden pond.

It does not matter if you want your water garden ponds to hold goldfish, Koi, plants or just to be a natural habitat for passing wildlife. Over the last few years there has been a growing supply of top class fiberglass water garden ponds and other pond supplies making installation so very very easy yet creating extremely natural looking small water garden ponds. Water gardening is a great thing.

Your primary concern in water gardening should be to make the design of water garden appropriate to the style and design of your home. A very useful tool and place to start is to map out your existing landscaping. Position all the structures, with windows to help with view, decking, and shrubs and trees. Note accessibility of services to the water garden such as water and electricity. Even general ideas of slop will affect planning of removal or creations elevations in order to place waterfalls and streams inside the water garden. A carpenter's level can help work through these calculations.

How you plan to enjoy the water garden pond will determine the design layout. If you will view it primarily from inside the house or from the patio, plan for maximum visibility to the water garden pond from there. Lay out garden pond hose or lengths of rope to test visibility. Make frequent checks from vantage points and use a camera to determine the final location. Once you are satisfied with the design of the water garden pond, use lime or marking paint to outline its feature on the ground. At this point remind yourself that the one thing that most garden pond owners later regret is the size of the finished garden pond; inevitably, people end up wishing they had made their garden pond bigger.

 

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