Why You Should Put in a Backyard Pond

Why You Should Put in a Backyard Pond

If you are on the fence about whether or not you should put in a backyard pond then let us show you the reasons why you should put in a backyard pond.  You can create your own little oasis that you can relax next to throughout the summer season and it isn’t as hard as you think.  Here are the pros and cons to having a backyard pond.

Water Features are Beautiful

There are very few things that are as soothing as water.  You can sit and watch a waterfall for days, and it will make you feel totally relaxed, sitting next to a pond on a beautiful summer day while reading a book sounds like heaven.  Not only are they visually relaxing but the sound of water bubbling is also very relaxing.

Adding Fish

Adding fish to your pond is a fantastic idea.  Koi are beautiful looking fish and taking care of them can be rewarding.  Bear in mind that a koi pond is going to be work it is very much like having a pet, you will have to make sure they are fed and that the water is clean.

Blending in With the Landscaping

A pond is meant to work with your landscaping it isn’t just a hole in the ground with a couple of fish.  There are plants that grow in your pond and around it.  Make your pond a part of your overall landscape design.

Easy to Install

It looks far more difficult to install than it actually is, you can put in a simple garden pond in less than a day.  If you want to add water features like waterfalls will take a bit longer.  A simple pond only needs a hole and a pond liner, you can opt instead for a hard shell.  You can dig the hole yourself install the liner and add the water and plants.  If you want to add lights around your pond and filters then opt for the solar kind, they are free to run and low maintenance.

Conversation Piece

A big backyard with nothing but grass is boring, this is your own backyard and you have the ability to create any type of landscaping you want.  If you want a feature piece in your backyard then adding a pond is a great start.  You can put together a space that is relaxing and you can go there when you want to escape from the rest of the world.  When friends and family come over they will love gathering around it too.

Selecting the Right Place for Your Garden Pond

Selecting the Right Place for Your Garden Pond

Once you have decided that you want a garden pond then your next step is selecting the right place for your garden pond.  Before you randomly pick a spot you need to ask yourself the purpose of the pond.  Do you want a quiet place for meditation and solitude?  Is your pond there to be a focal point or to complement another focal point in your yard?  Do you want the pond to be accessible to your guests?  Is it going into a secluded corner or will it be visible from your home?  Do you have adequate amounts of shade?  Perhaps most importantly can you easily run water and power out to your pond?  You also need to be aware of underground pipes and cables if you are going to start digging. 

Sun and Shade for Your Pond

If you want to put any type of plants in your pond then you will have to put it in a place where it gets some sun.  Some plants only need a couple of hours of direct sun, whereas others like water lilies are going to need six to eight hours of sunlight.  The more sun that your pond gets the more options you have when it comes to the types of plants that you can use.

Adding Fish

If you want to add some fish to your pond like koi then you’re going to need to have some shade during the hottest part of the day. If you have added quite a few plants to your pond then they can serve as some shade for your fish.  Water lilies are perfect as a shade plant, you can also decorate the border of your pond with shrubs or tall trees.  If that isn’t possible there are portable shade screens that you can use to protect your fish.

Close to Your House

If you put your pond in a place that is visible from your home you can enjoy it all year round.  Put some dramatic lighting around your pond and you have a great view in the evenings.  On the other hand if you put your pond in an isolated corner of the yard then you have a perfect retreat away from it all, you can have a moment of peace and quiet without having to leave your home.  No matter where you decide to put your pond it can be an incredible addition to the landscaping on your property.

Adding Lotuses to Your Garden Pond

Adding Lotuses to Your Garden Pond

Lotus flowers look beautiful in a backyard water garden.  They can be grown in tubs or you can add them to a pond, as long as they stay wet with at least two inches of water above the soil they can thrive.  These plants need plenty of water but they will make beautiful additions on their own in pots or in a larger pond.

Caring for Your Lotuses

The location of the pond can affect your flowers, if it is an area that gets a lot of wind the flowers can bend or become discolored.  If you want your flowers to bloom then they are going to need the right care.  Lotus flowers prefer warmer temperatures with temps between 80F and 90F providing ideal growing conditions.  Here is some more information on adding lotus flowers to your pond.

Types of Lotus Flowers

There are several different breeds of lotuses that are available to add to your pond.  If you have a smaller pond then consider adding the Chinese Dbl Rose these flowers are a deep red and can get up to three feet in height.  It is beautiful for adding color to your pond.  For a larger pond then consider the Empress flowers, these flowers have a white bloom with pink edges.  They make wide blooms that resemble roses when in bloom and they can reach heights of up to five feet.

If you want flowers that are bright and beautiful then you can add the breed called Mrs Perry D Slocum, they are vibrant multicolored flowers that look gorgeous.  They will start off as a pink flower, change to pink and yellow and then they will go to a bright flush pink color.  If you like brilliant pink lotuses then Momo Botan is another great alternative.  These flowers have a longer blooming season so you can enjoy them longer.  You can also grow these plants in a pond or in a smaller pot in the yard.

Lotus flowers aren’t just beautiful they add color and dimension to your backyard garden pond.  Even if you don’t have a large pond in your yard there are several different types of lotuses that can grow in pots and be placed around your yard.  They add a wonderful scent to your garden, there is nothing like relaxing in your backyard enjoying a beautiful day with the scent of lotus flowers in the air.

Designing a Garden Pond

Designing a Garden Pond

Once you have decided you want a backyard garden pond the next steps are figuring out how big it will be and where you’re going to put it.  Are you going to have a simple water garden, do you want a koi pond or do you want to relax to the sound of running water.  You have to be able to answer these questions before you get started.  Whether you decide to build it yourself or have a pro come in and do it for you.

What Kind of Pond

You have a couple of different choices when it comes to your pond.  The most popular option is a water garden, a water garden can have both plants and fish if you choose.  Water gardens can be as small or large but if you decide to add fish then stick to smaller breeds so they don’t outgrow your pond.  Water gardens can be small enough to add to any yard or you can have a big elaborate setup with tons of features.

Another popular option is a koi pond, koi ponds tend to be larger so you’re going to need more space.  With a koi pond you need to be careful and select the right type of plants otherwise your fish will eat them.  You also need to be careful with a koi pond in the winter, you need to live somewhere where your fish can survive the winter.

Features of Your Pond

What kind of additional features do you want to add to your pond?  It is part of the landscaping of your yard and you need to think about how it will fit in.  You can add features like a water fall or a rock garden surrounding the pond.  You also need to factor the cost of the features and how they work within your budget.  The last thing you want is to start a project that you can’t afford to finish.

A garden pond can look lovely in almost any space, it is nowhere near as hard to set up as you might think.  For a simple backyard pond you can probably do it yourself and have it installed in a weekend,  If you want a much more elaborate setup then you might want to work with a landscape architect who can handle all of the digging and heavy lifting for you.  No matter how you set up your backyard pond there is nothing as soothing as listening to flowing water.