Garden Pond Options
What Type of Garden Pond is Right for You?
Garden ponds have become a popular home improvement trend; thanks mainly to the wide variety of easy-to-use materials, kits and supplies available today. For most homeowners, installing a pond or water garden is a do-it-yourself job that can be completed in a day.
If you want to add a typical backyard pond, you have a few basic options:
- Preformed ponds that resemble fiberglass tubs
- Custom ponds that require pool-like liners
- Pond kits that include all necessary materials and instructions.
Otherwise, your options are limited only by your imagination! Garden ponds can be created in any shape or size you want. You can treat your new oasis like a swimming pond , add koi to create a fish pond or add a range of landscaping features to create a water garden. Do you want a rigid stream, a formal pond, canals, reservoirs, cobble beaches, bridges, stepping stones, detailed pond lighting, a wildlife pond or something completely different? Ponds are as creative as you are - once you know the basics.
Things to ask yourself before building your pond:
- The sides - do you want stepped, sloped or V-shaped sides? Each has its advantages and disadvantages.
- What size of pump and filter do you need for the volume of your pond?
- Do you want a fish pond or a water garden?
- How much money are you are willing to spend upfront and how much it will cost to maintain?
- How much time do you have to spare on maintaining your pond?
- What if you want to create a bigger pond later? There are ways for beginners to plan to build out their existing pond before the first dig.
- Location have you chosen an appropriate location for your pond? Is it away from trees? Will your electricity and waterline reach your pond?
In all cases, however, your pond will need some basic pieces of equipment:
Basic pond equipment:
- A prefilter attached to your pond's pump that filters out silt and debris from the pond before the water reaches the pump.
- A UV sterilizer or clarifier that is connected to the pump to kill algae and other bacteria.
- An external biological pond filter that collects dead algae before recycling water back into the pond.
- Pond netting and skimmer nets to keep leaves and debris out.
- Water testing kits because water balance is one of the most important things for the success of your pond.
- A good pond liner or preformed pond kit (plus a pond repair kit). You get what you pay for.
- Knowledge of water chemistry, fish ecosystems and the benefits and disadvantages of algae and aquatic plants.