How to Create a Water Feature in Your Garden

A fountain or ornamental pond can be a great accessory for many yards and outdoor areas. While a water feature can add to the appearance of a home or building, it can be difficult to design and build them. The following article provides helpful information on how to create a water feature in your garden.

Designing a Water Feature

When designing a water feature, it’s important to utilize a natural water source if possible. If a home has access to a natural spring or creek, it may be possible to use that as a source of water. This can be a great way to reduce the need for municipal water. In addition, these water sources are more eco-friendly than using municipal water.

It’s also important to remember that some cities have regulations that ban the use of water for yard use during a drought. Because of this, it may not be possible to keep a water feature active all the time. If a homeowner is able to incorporate a natural water source, there’s no need to follow local rules and regulations surrounding water use.

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Gravity vs Electric

If an individual is using a natural water source, gravity can be used to create moving water features. This can include fountains, streams, miniature waterfalls and much more.

For example, a homeowner can build a retaining pond or water tank several feet above an ornamental fountain. Water pressure from the retaining pond will can power fountains and other water features. However, it’s important to make sure that the water entering a pipe has been properly filtered; if water contains dirt and debris, it may clog water fountain pipes.

Incorporating Fish and Plant Life

An ornamental pond can also be a great way to add some plant and animal life to one’s yard or outdoor area. For example, lily pads can add a fantastic look to many ornamental ponds. In addition, plant life like lily pads will often attract other wildlife species; this can include frogs, dragonflies and much more.

If an ornamental pond contains at least 200 gallons of water, it’s also possible to add fish. The most common ornamental fish species for an outdoor pond include koi and goldfish. Koi are a type of domesticated carp that come in a variety of unique colors. In many cases, koi are extremely hardy. While they won’t survive in extreme heat or cold, they can flourish in a wide variety of different conditions. Gold fish are also a great choice for an outdoor pond. In many cases, it’s possible to get goldfish from a pet store for a very low price.

However, it’s important to remember that fish will require at least 10 minutes of pond maintenance every day for proper health. In addition to feeding, a koi or goldfish owner will need to check water temperature, pH levels, alkalinity and water hardness. If an individual is using a municipal water source for an outdoor or indoor pond, it’s also important to make sure that chlorine is removed from the water before adding fish. There are a variety of commercial products that can be used to remove chlorine from water.

Jamie is a gardening enthusiast who loves to work with client on their backyard facelift project ranging from designing herb garden to garden maintenance in Brisbane homes. Like most other Aussies, Jamie loves to spend his weekends in the backyard with his beautiful wife, three boys and a golden retriever.

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