Wednesday, 12 February 2014

How to Create A Fish Pond In Your Backyard

Water ponds are very trendy right now. In addition to creating a peaceful haven for your family, a backyard pond can also provide a viable habitat for butterflies, frogs, fish, and birds.

If done correctly, a backyard water pond can also help to create a focal point in your yard and may even help to increase interest in your home if you decide to sell.

Water ponds do not have to be large. In fact, the majority of water ponds are no bigger than 4 feet in length. Some people have built water ponds using containers and plant containers.

Using such materials are cost effective and make the entire process proceed very quickly. However, the results can be simply stunning.

Before you begin to build a backyard pond, you may want to do a little research online or even take a class at your local garden center. Here are some tips that you should consider before beginning your project.


Place your pond in an accessible place. Although you may be tempted to tuck the pond in a spot on the edge of your property, this means you won't be able to regularly enjoy the pond. Rather than do this, you may want to place your pond in a central location. You should be able to enjoy the view whether you are sitting on the deck of your pool, on your backyard swing, or on the patio visiting with friends.
Place the pond in a spot where it won't become overheated during the hot afternoon sun. This may mean placing part of the pond beneath a shaded area or planting small shrubs and trees around the pond for extra shade.
Slightly elevate the soil around the pond so that water runoff will not be a problem during storms. If you have extra rocks, you can also use them to place a border around your pond. Of course, it is important to place the pond far enough away from your home that rainwater runoff does not affect the foundation of your home.


Landscaping

Landscaping is very important and will provide an incentive for wildlife to visit your pond. A butterfly bush is easy to care for, yet will encourage butterflies, bees, and other types of wildlife to visit your back yard. A bird feeder will encourage birds to visit your pond as well.

In order to prevent your pond from becoming a mosquito breeding ground, it is important to circulate the water. If you have electricity in your yard, you can use an electric pump. If not, you can use a solar pump. Otherwise, you may want to put some fish in your pond. The fish will eat the mosquito larvae as well as the algae that may grow on the sides of your pond.

You can also plant some water plants in your pond. If you decide to do this, you should let the plants settle in for about a week before adding fish to the pond.

Then, all that is left to do, is to sit back and enjoy your backyard pond!..

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