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.