Backyard fish ponds offer many ways to transform the dullest and most ordinary of areas, wherever you live in the world.
Water offers tremendous possibilities for landscaping and garden design. Not only do ponds suit every type of garden, but they may be used to add character, charm and a certain sparkle to any outdoor area.
Locating Backyard Fish Ponds
The first step is to decide what you want to build or install, and where the pond should be located.
Try to visualize what a pond will look like in your backyard. You can do this just by walking around and looking. Otherwise you can take photographs of the outdoor space and then draw a pond, or find a picture of something suitable, and position it in the picture. Just be sure that the scale of the original photograph and the picture you find or produce are the same.
Decide on Pond Supplies and Equipment
Once you know what you want in terms of the pond itself, you will need to decide what fish pond supplies you need.
You can buy pond liners and preformed ponds, or you can build a pond yourself using concrete or bricks and mortar, or even real or reconstituted stone. The most important part is to ensure that it is totally watertight.
Then you will need to decide what other equipment you need, including a pump and filter and possibly a skimmer and a pond aerator. You can worry about things like water test kits and fish food when the pond is complete.
Landscaping Around Backyard Fish Ponds
But it isn’t just the pond you need to worry about. To make the best of your backyard fish pond, you need to plant the entire area and decide what other structures you are going to include, and what sort of planting you should do.
It’s always a good idea to put ideas on paper – and you don’t need to be an artist to do this. Get yourself some graph paper and draw the backyard area to scale. Show the position of everything that is currently there, including walls, fences, pathways, plants, trees, large rocks, and any other structures. Make a note of anything you don’t like and would prefer to remove.
Then draw in the position of the new pond and any new structures you are planning. These may include seats and benches, lights and lamps, perhaps a gazebo or an arbor, and a screen or screens to protect the pond from the wind and give the area some privacy.
Try to imagine what your new backyard will look like and draw in areas where you can plant shrubs, flowers or ground cover. Consider a bog garden next to the pond, and both marginal and aquatic, floating plants inside the pond.
Remember that plants can be used to balance spaces in the garden. They can also be used to create a sense of enclosure, which can be particularly effective around a pond. Just be careful about planting deciduous trees too near to the pond or you will increase the amount maintenance that will need to be done in autumn when the tree loses its leaves.