Have you always wanted a backyard pond, but are confused about just how to take on the project? Here are five helpful tips that will help you create a successful backyard water feature.
- Be patient.
A pond will take several months to get fully established, due to all of the natural processes involved in areas with a large volume of water. If you try to create a pond in a time period of less than a few months, your pond, its plants and any fish you place in the pond are likely to encounter problems.
- Create as large a pond as possible.
As you develop a rough layout for your new water feature, it may seem counterintuitive, but a large pond is better and easier to maintain than a small one. Not only are larger ponds easier to clean, they also create a more stable pond environment for fish, and they give you greater range to get creative with your design and your plantings.
- Stock the pond gradually.
Even though your pond is an artificial creation – the manifestation of your imagination, basically – it will still mature at the rate set out by nature. Remember that when you add fish to a pond, do so gradually over a period of several months. This will help you avoid water-quality problems such as the dreaded New Pond Syndrome.
- Test the water regularly.
A pond’s water quality has the greatest influence on how all the organisms in the pond will perform – the better the water, the more stable and successful the pond will be. Test the water regularly to learn about what is happening down there in the water of your pond. Having a system of pond or lake aeration in place will ensure that big problems are avoided.
- Watch your fish regularly.
The ways in which your fish behave will give you a glimpse into the overall water quality of the pond. Spend some time watching and feeding them to confirm that they are exhibiting normal behavior. Not only does this prevent problems from taking over your pond, it’s also incredibly relaxing, and that’s why you created a pond in the first place, isn’t it?
A water feature like a well-stocked pond adds beauty and life to any outdoor space. By keeping these tips in mind as you create and care for your pond, you’ll ensure that your new water feature stays healthy and vibrant for years to come.