Planning your pond
Your watergarden it's design and components reflect your creativity; fountains, streams, waterfalls and aquatic plants and fish can all be part of an environment you design, install and enjoy. But the planting stage comes first, and its crucial for your project's success spending time on important decisions like location, size, design and selection of features will pay off on installation day and beyond.
Where you place your pond can make a big different in your home landscape, experiment with some options so as you envision the pond in different locations; Will you be able to enjoy the tranquil sounds of the water through an open window? From what angle could you see the sunlight sparkling off the pond? Where should the pond be placed to ensure that your family and guests get to enjoy the sights and sounds of the water garden during an outdoor event?. If you're including a waterfall feature you'll want to maximize this focal point in your pond placement its sure to be an attention-getter. Your water garden will be an extension of your home. The perfect location should be where you and your family can enjoy its beauty everyday from the living areas of your house. Sparkling water is beautiful, but too much sun can cause problems keep in mind that about a half day of sunlight is good for healthy plant growth but excessive sunlight can encourage the growth of a pond's enemy; algae. There are methods to counteract algae and we'll talk about them later in this video but proper pond placement is the best first step. You can locate your pond underneath trees but you could encounter trouble working around the roots and when autumn arrives falling leaves may lead to additional maintenance. Its easiest to install a pond on flat land but with a little more effort you can build your pond on a slope and that's something to consider as you imagine the aesthetics of your water garden.
Your water garden will be a reflection of your individuality each one as unique as the home owner. but there are some considerations that will guide your design. Size is one component and so is the type of fish you want in your pond for example if you want to include coy fish you'll need a pond that's between 18 inches and 4 feet deep with an external filter and minimal plants. On the other hand a wildlife pond can be relatively shallow with abundant aquatic plant life.
Preformed or Flexible... that's a decision you'll have to make before you begin construction of your water garden. Preformed ponds are also known as hard shell liner ponds, while flexible liner ponds are made from either PBC or EPDM rubber material. Hard shell liners are generally best for smaller ponds and are also a good choice for above ground installations. Flexible liners are popular due to their affordability, the ease of installation and of course their flexibility in terms of size and shape but the choice is yours. Is there a best time to install a water garden? well ponds can be built any time of the year as long as the soil is not frozen but before you dig stop and check, Schedule a visit from your utility company so they can mark the underground wires, pipes and lines. You'll be protecting your property and yourself. And speaking of electricity, you'll need access to a ground fall circuit interrupter electrical outlet near the pond; a step that's mandatory for both outdoor electrical codes and for ensuring safety.