Water gardening in your own backyard can be a highly rewarding pastime. Not only can you see the fruits of your labor each day, but building the tranquility and beauty that a natural pond affords can be a relatively simple task.
Well-thought-out planning that keeps nature's needs in mind makes building a pond enjoyable and satisfying. A pond or water garden is a wonderful addition to your landscaping, letting you create your own personal paradise. Remember that the bigger a pond, the easier to maintain, so plan the largest pond your budget and the appearance of your landscaping allows.
Location, location, location.
These questions may help you narrow down the best location for your pond.
What area of your yard can you see from your favorite outside relaxation site and from the windows in your home?
Where are trees located near this area?
Are there any pine trees nearby?
Is the area prone to receiving water runoff or retaining water?
Is your pond safe from predators and for the neighborhood?
How many hours of direct sun will your water garden receive?
How will you provide electricity to the pond?
What type of water features do you want?
Find other homes in your area with ponds to help you decide and even to spark some creative ideas. Reading and research are also valuable. Ponds can be formal or be incredibly informal. You can also add a babbling brook, waterfall, or fountain to provide a soothing sound. Beautiful lighting can make the pond a favorite evening attraction.
Helen Nash's Water Features for Every Garden has great ideas, beautiful photography, and prerequisites for 18 different types of designs.
The design of a water garden can greatly affect costs and the success of your project. You need to consider: