Pond Kits Are a Great Landscaping Investment
There’s something undeniably serene and lovely about sitting near a tranquil pond. Those who design public parks have long been aware of this and incorporated ponds accordingly, making a place for fowl such as ducks and geese to rest as visitors watch from a bench in the grass, often with a bag full of breadcrumbs in hand.
Unless you have a large estate, chances are that you will not be able to create a pond large enough to attract ducks. However, a trip to the local landscaping center will reveal many options in the way of water gardens, most of which are quite affordable for those willing to invest some extra time and money in the betterment of their yards.
Before you purchase any pond materials, you should determine exactly where you want to put your water garden. If your front yard is landscaped, you may want to put one there, where people are more likely to see it. On the other hand, you may have more freedom to work in the backyard. Make sure that it’s in a spot with sufficient open space, and consider whether there will be young children visiting frequently, as the possibility of them stumbling into the water is a concern.
There are two basic types of pond designs that you are likely to find. One is a flexible material that will form the bottom and sides of the pond. With this pond liner, you will be able to determine exactly what size and shape to make your pond. This approach is a bit more creative, but it’s also trickier, especially since sharp objects can poke through and compromise the integrity of the liner.
One thing to keep in mind when planning out a pond shape is to diversify the depth so that some parts of the pone will be shallower than others. This is a particularly good idea if you plan to include goldfish or koi, as this will make them feel more comfortable.
Another option is to buy a hard, pre-made plastic pond form. These are generally black and may come in any number of shapes and sizes, sometimes incorporating such implements as waterfalls. The advantage to buying these is that the material is much firmer and generally more durable. On the other hand, it can be more difficult to dig a hole into which the pond form will fit nicely.
Digging the hole and inserting the liner is only a part of the job. Simply filling it with water will not do, as standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes and very soon takes on a grungy appearance. You need to purchase a water filter and pump, which can generally be found alongside the pond liners.
At this point you can begin to add plants to your pond, and you may also want to surround the pond with flowers and bushes that will add to the pond’s scenic qualities. Butterfly bushes are an especially good choice. Because this is such a scenic location, you also should put a couple of outdoor chairs near the pond. Better yet, you can buy a bench, which will be attractive and make you feel as though you’re in your very own little park.
Goldfish should not be introduced right away, but once there has been sufficient time to rid the pond of chlorine, the fish can move in. For small ponds, it’s best to stick with just a few fish, as too many goldfish produce excessive waste, which leads to hazardous algae. While many goldfish will get nutrients from aquatic plants if you have them in your pond, it’s still a good idea to invest in some quality fish food and feed the fish regularly. What’s more, this is a fun ritual.
With some hard work, you can create and maintain a pond that will be a treasured part of your yard for many years.