With spring in full bloom, now is the perfect time to augment the natural beauty of a well-manicured lawn home landscape with a backyard pond or water garden.
Most high-impact, visually-stimulating water features are budget-friendly and easy to do yourself whether a novice gardener, seasoned green thumb or any skill-level between.
"Backyard ponds create
a sanctuary for the senses, from the soothing sounds of running
water to the eye-pleasing sight of a beautifully crafted project,"
says Larissa Gleason, marketing manager of Beckett Corporation.
The whole family can enjoy the process of building a pond
together and, with the wide array of pond kits available at national
retailers, even first-time water gardeners can successfully complete
Scoping out your backyard pond
Avoid choosing a spot directly under a tree. While picturesque, falling leaves and bark would require that the pond be cleaned frequently...
Beckett, a leading
manufacturer of water gardening products, offers the following tips
for creating a pond:
Before heading out to the yard with shovel
in tow, take some time to design and plan the project. Look through
past vacation pictures and peruse magazines for inspiration. With
a vision in mind, begin scoping out a place to incorporate the pond.
Avoid choosing a spot directly under a tree. While picturesque,
falling leaves and bark would require that the pond be cleaned frequently.
Also, be sure to check for underground wiring and other utility
lines when looking for the pond's location. After finding the perfect
area, prepare to embark on your pond adventure!
the pond liner
Bring the pond to life by adding water lilies, floating moss or water ferns, goldfish or Koi.
Based on the shape of the pond, begin the project by choosing an appropriate liner. While flexible liners afford greater versatility in regards to shape and size, preformed liners take much of the guesswork out of digging a hole.
Installing a 35-gallon preformed pond liner can be achieved in just a few easy steps.
First, dig a hole to accommodate the liner that is slightly deeper so it sits level with the ground. With the liner in place, be certain that it fits tightly into the hole, and use loose dirt to backfill any gaps. Place a level across the top of the liner, checking that it's even in all directions.
With the base of the pond
complete, additional embellishments such as waterfalls and streams
will further enhance its visual appeal.
kits are available that are complete with all parts and step-by-step instructions
needed for constructing a flowing cascade and stream. For a natural
flow of water and an eye-catching drop, the waterfall should be
elevated at least 10 inches above the surface of the pond.
Lastly, complete the project by adding the final touches. Use artistic creativity to fulfill the vision by securing slate, rocks and pebbles. Bring the pond to life by adding plants, such as water lilies, floating moss or water ferns, and fish such as goldfish or Koi. With the last component in place, sit back and enjoy the soothing sounds of this flowing oasis.