All but the smallest of gardens can have a beautiful and functional garden pond. It adds interest and a totally new dimension to the garden, and will do more to attract you 'outside' than any other garden feature.
A pond can be a fairly substantial investment, so treat it as such. It should be an asset not a liability. A pond that will give years of enjoyment, and be a home to attractive water plants with all manner of aquatic life - fish included!
An investment for the future. Make sure that the garden pond is built correctly, in the right situation and well stocked with aquatic plants, and you too can have an are in the garden that will give you many hours - or even years - of pleasure.
There are many ways of installing a pond into your garden - either as a stand alone feature, or as an integral part of the wider plan. research well before you start the actual construction.
Some of the key aspects to bear in mind when building, or improving, your garden pond will be ....
Ornamental garden pond
Position of Pond - regards to light and shade, and also ease of maintenance. Suitable viewing area - seating even! Of these, 'light' is probably the most important - and often not taken fully into account. Position of the pond is also important for full enjoyment - based upon your own ideas as to what enjoyment your pond should bring.Size of your garden pond in keeping with the rest of the garden, and your long term vision for both pond and garden. Smaller ponds are easier to to maintain; larger pods are better for health and well-being of the inhabitants.
Pond Safety - for those wishing to view the garden pond, and in particular for overall safety as far as children are concerned. Every year we hear of fatalities by drowning in a garden pond - often with water no more than a few inches deep.
Structure of pond in relation to the type of fish and plants you wish to stock. A pond for Koi fish will need to be deeper overall - or at least have a substantial area of around 1.2m (4ft) deep in order to provide sanctuary for the tender Koi in the winter months. On the other hand, a pond that is provided for mainly aquatic plants and the more ornamental types of goldfish, can be substantially shallower than this - with many varying depth.
Garden ponds have few problems if maintained properly. However, garden ponds are not always cared for as they should be, and problems occur. We help you identify and deal with garden pond problems.
If you have a problem with your pond that has not been addressed here, then feel free to email us, and we will do what we can to help and advise.
One of the biggest problems for many is green water. (Our mail box will attest to that starting in May each year). There are several reason why water turns green, so the important thing is to find out exactly what the cause is in your own particular instance. It is not a one solution fits all. We are currently working on that aspect, and hope to have a basic page about this quite soon We do not simply want to post a cure. We now have the information to allow you to find out the cause..
Care of your Pond Fish
As with many things gardening-related, the spring season is a busy time for pond owners. In particular with the fish in the pond as they emerge from their relative slow - almost dormant life in the winter. Pond fish become more active as the daylight intensifies and the temperatures get warmer.
Feeding should start again, or be more regular if you are one of those pond owners who insist on feeding their fish throughout the winter.
Pond Plant Care
Aquatic pond plants will need regular maintenance for them to remain healthy and give years of satisfaction. And of course, the health of your fish will depend to a large extent upon the health of your pond plants and the general pond environment.
Spring is an important time for general pond maintenance, and in particular for the care of your garden pond aquatic plants. The plants around the pond, in the bog garden for instance, will also require a little attention at this time of year.
Pond Cleaning and Maintenance
General maintenance is fairly minimal if carried out regularly and the pond need not be emptied every year, unless it has been neglected.
After a number of years, however, silt and debris will gradually accumulate on the floor of the pond, which may lead to pollution, causing both the plants and the fish to suffer. Leaks may also occur as a result of frost damage, ground subsidence or even deterioration through age, and these must be repaired as soon as they are spotted.
The type of features to include - ie waterfall, fountain ornaments, lighting etc - will determine the pond design and subsequent construction. The aquatic plants to be used will also have to be taken into account - as will the type of fish you are hoping to stock.
The basic construction of the pond can be as adventurous or easy as you wish. You have the choices of above ground pond, sunken pond, and then a choice of water retention by way of concrete lined pond, butyl or plastic lined, or a preformed GRP or plastic pool.
Plan it all out properly, before you dig a single spade of soil out of what is to be your garden pond! Make sure that it is going to be an integral part of the garden - or a feature in its own right. The pond can either blend in with existing garden ideas, complement them, or make for a re-design of a particular area of the garden. If you are starting with a blank sheet - a new garden plot, then you will really have to plan it out very carefully. Ponds can rarely be moved, if placed in the wrong position!