Friday, June 15, 2012

Aquapetz! - Designing A Fish Pond For Your Garden

Some property owners will consider adding a pond or some form of electric waterfall feature to increase the value of their property. Some keen fish lovers may also do this to extend their hobbies into the outside air. When you decide to set up a pond in your garden, the first thing to consider is to choose a proper location. Before you begin any digging, take some measurements, and make sure that you will have enough room for the pond that you intend to use. Good planning is essential during fish pond design. Unlike lawns and borders which are more easily moved or altered, a pond is less easy to change once installed.


When designing, there are several important things to take into account. One of the most important things to consider is choosing a location for the pond. Some people like a pond to be near to the house for viewing from indoors, while others prefer it to be a separate entity which they can visit when the mood takes them. If it can be viewed from inside the home then you can benefit from its beauty all year round. Site it too far from the house and feeding and maintenance can become a chore and missed out during bad weather.


Too near to the house or garden walls and it can cause problems with deep excavations interfering with drains or foundations. Do try to position the pond so that it is sheltered from cold winds and receives sunlight for at least 12 hours a day. This will also benefit plants in and around the pond. You will also want to make certain that you are near enough to an electrical outlet, in order to operate your pond's pump. This will save a great deal of money in having one installed. You will need to decide if you will purchase a preformed pond, or build it yourself. You will want to make sure that your pond is at least three feet deep.


This will ensure that your koi will stay healthy, and safe from predators. If small children live nearby, you will probably want to consider fencing in this garden area. You may want to consider making this garden and organic one. Any chemicals which are used can cause harm to your koi. Even the smallest amount can become fatal. Make sure that your pond is not located near any garden equipment, which may have chemicals on them. If you decide to have plants in your koi pond, you must choose very wisely. Koi notoriously will dig up most plants which are in their area. A good choice would be lilies. This will offer your koi fish shade, and a place to hide from potential predators. Installing a koi pond in your garden is a perfect way to make your yard more attractive. This will make a beautiful focal point, with the relaxing sound of the moving water.


Small ponds are becoming quite popular, as they do not take up a great deal of room, are not extremely expensive, and make any yard look even more beautiful. Finally you need to decide on the method of construction, whether to install a liner pond, a pre-cast fibre glass style or a concrete or brick constructed pond. All of this might sound like a lot of work, but it's not as bad as it sounds. With a little forethought you will make the job ahead that much easier and save yourself time and money.
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