If you have recently been invited to a garden party and felt a twinge of envy when you noticed the perfect pond that gives the area a new dimension, you will be relieved to know that it is really quite easy to create a healthy garden pond. The main thing to focus on is water flow, and if the pond has a regular change of water by using a pump and a looped pipe circuit, all you need is a few filters to maintain a clean and constant supply of water.
Location is everything
They say this about retail premises, but it is also true with a garden pond. You water attraction will not look so attractive if it is always full of leaves and algae, and the precise location has a lot to do with that. The ideal location would give the pond at least four hours of direct sunlight per day, with the rest of the time in the shade, and the closer the pond is to the house, the easier it is to keep clean.
Types of Pond
Formed ponds are very popular, as they are very easy to install, only requiring a suitable hole and a drainage outlet, while pond liners retain pond water and stop it seeping into the surrounding earth. Pond lining enables you to be more creative in terms of shape and depth, and with the help of an experienced landscape gardener, you can create a masterpiece that will be the envy of all your neighbours and party guests.
It is impossible to maintain a clean environment for your fish and fauna without the right filtration, and there are online suppliers of all things connected with garden ponds, and there are many DIY gardening forums, where experts are happy to answer any question you might have. Filters can be single or multi-level and the right type of filtration depends on the size and environment of the pond.
The species of fish you decide on will determine the health of your pond and with a little online research, you can quickly learn which breeds will be suitable for the climate and environment. Some species will do well if paired with another, while other species should never be mixed, and if you are in any doubt, a visit to your local aquarium will allow you to ask a local expert who can make some suggestions. Water temperature and general climate are important, and one mustn’t forget that all fish need a natural source of food, and that is in addition to any food you might provide.
The plants in your pond are critical to the well-being of the entire area, and they can help to promote clean water. Grasses and water lily are always a good choice, but of course, it all depends on the look you are trying to create.
If you are not confident with either the design or implementation, ask a landscape gardener for a quotation, as they are experienced in creating natural looking ponds, and with local knowledge, they can advise on fish species and fauna.