Backyard ponds are ponds installed in the backyards of homes where one can view the pond from the decks or patios. These are usually small ponds that are not bigger than two feet in radius. Apart from providing an aesthetic experience to the family, backyard ponds are also valuable for the birds, plants, fish, insects, frogs, and other animal and plant life that inhabit them. Backyard ponds are made in barrels or other patio containers. Having a backyard pond is a sure way of attracting wildlife, which can be both fun and educational.
The backyard pond should be placed on soil that is elevated so that excess water will stay away from the pond and not flow into it. For scenic purposes, the pond should be installed so that it blends well with the immediate environment. A habitat for frogs and birds can be provided by landscaping the area around the pond. Since sunlight is critical for the growth of pond plants, the pond should have sufficient exposure to the sun. Installing the pond next to sources of water and power is essential if the pond is being fitted with lights, a pump, a filter, or any other such devices. For homes without the space for a built-in earthen pond, other options include large water bowls or a tub pond placed on the patio.
Installing a built-in earthen pond should be done when the ground is not frozen or extremely dry. Pond liners that prevent water from flowing into the soil are essential in installing backyard ponds. Suitable liners specially manufactured for ponds or even pools are available in stores that sell pond and pool supplies.
Maintenance and safety are two aspects of backyard ponds that need special attention. While maintenance can be time consuming, excessive cleaning can have adverse effects on the pond. Safety aspects pertain primarily to ensuring that children do not have access to the pond without adult supervision. If these critical aspects are taken care of, having a backyard pond can be a very satisfying and relaxing experience.
Backyard ponds and waterfalls used to be for the rich and famous but that’s not the case anymore. You can find complete kits at many retailers or get instructions that show you step by step how to build a pond in your backyard. Backyard pond kits are available in a variety of sizes and prices that make it easy for anyone to have one. Although the kits may be affordable you may still want to build your own.
- Deciding how you are going to supply electricity may dictate where you build your backyard pond. You should consider digging a small trench to protect your electrical cord from the pond to the electrical source.
- Although it is not necessary to add fish to your pond most people want to. If you will be adding fish and plants, let the plants settle for about a week before adding your fish. Be
careful not to put in too many fish.
- Avoid placing your pond in a low spot of the yard to avoid runoff water getting dirt in the water.
- Use a garden hose or some string to measure and layout your pond design before you start digging.
- Don’t skimp on quality when it comes to buying a liner. The liner is the main component to your pond. A good liner will keep your pond running at peak performance.
- Use caution when digging in your yard. You will need to know if there are any buried lines or pipes where you will be digging. Once you have dug the area you can start placing the parts and drainage system.
- Check to make sure the filters, lights and water supply are properly placed and working well.
- When you begin filling the pond you should not leave it unattended. Check for leaks and shifting as the pond fills.
- Once you have everything set you can add the plants and let them settle for about a week. After the plants have set you can begin adding fish. Take care not to add too many fish and don’t add them all at once.
Backyard ponds and other water features create a peaceful environment. The sound of running water is soothing and they make a wonderful focal point. An attractive, well maintained pond or fountain can inspire a good conversation with guests.
You can learn how to build a pond in your backyard with instructions that are easy to find in books or on the internet. If you have questions as you build you could call a local garden
center and they should be familiar with pond installation. If you are not the kind of build it yourself person, you won’t be disappointed with the ponds that are available. You will still have to decide where to put it and dig the hole.