Backyard garden pond

Creating & Building Your Own Backyard Pond.

Water can improve the look of any yard or garden, and so if you are planning to do some outdoor improvements, why not consider creating your own backyard pond?

There are so many options when it comes to introducing water into the garden, the sky really is the limit. You can choose a pool that reflects the surrounding plants and features, or add movement by installing a fountain feature in the water. Fish introduce movement, color and life, and they help to create an environment that is able to maintain a good balance with nature. Fish never fail to add a certain magic to ponds and pools.

Before you decide exactly what type and style of pond you are going to create, you need to be sure you have access to a good source of fish pond supplies. These will include the materials you need to construct or install a pond, as well as fountains and other accessories, pond lights, nets, aquatic plants, pumps, filters and so on. Then you can get on with the planning process.

While the size of your pond may be restricted by the size of your backyard, shape and style are limited only be imagination.

If you have not done any work on your garden yet, then you can have a lot of fun introducing a theme or style that goes with your house. Decide on the effect you want to create, and then work systematically from here. Try to visualize your backyard pond and the garden around it. To do this, it usually pays to spend time outdoors, walking and sitting near to where you want to build your pond or water feature. It also helps to put the plan on paper.

If you already have an established style in the garden as a whole, then it’s usually best to stick with this, irrespective of the exact position of your new pond.

For starters, is it formal or informal? Formal gardens are characterized by symmetry and a carefully planned balance of features and plants. So if your established style is formal, you will be better off building a pond that is either circular or quite rigidly geometric in shape. Generally these work best on patios (or in courtyards) rather than in the yard itself. If you have a deck, you may like to extend it and incorporate a pond so the level of the water is flush with the decking.

Informal ponds may be any size at all, although this obviously will affect your construction method. Although preformed ponds are the easiest to install, they are usually small. This doesn’t necessarily need to be a disadvantage, particularly if your backyard is on the small side and all you want is a feature where you can keep a few fish. Flexible liners offer the cheapest ponds, and you can adapt them to any shape and virtually any size. You can also incorporate different levels which will enable you to plant marginal plants around the edges where the water is shallow.

If you can’t find inspiration within your own garden, have a look at what other people have done in their back yards. Also look at water as it appears in nature, you might find some excellent ideas.

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Born in the United Kingdom, he has lived in South Africa for most of his life, and has a wealth of experience that spans a wide range of different media types and styles. He also launched his own advertising-powered publication, Cape Home Care, which had a circulation of 100,000 copies and was distributed free. His first book commission was Penguin Random House Publisher’s The Complete Book of Home Planning in South Africa, published in 1986, which was followed by Owner Building in South Africa the following year. His passion for DIY and renovation established him in the field of home maintenance and improvements, and he went on to illustrate dozens of home orientated books written by his wife and business partner, author Penny Swift (as well as one about horses). These also include Water Features for patios & Gardens, Step by Step Ponds Pools & Rockeries. Together they also owner-built three houses, and renovated several more, and both confer that their most successful book to date is the recently updated Owner Building in South Africa.


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