Ponds are no longer the suspiciously murky back garden holes that they once were. Modern ponds have more than a touch of class about them, often incorporating innovative design elements into an overall creative aesthetic.
Traditional ponds are also still very much in vogue, from those stocked with brightly coloured fish to those decorated with beautiful plants, sometimes in the hopes of attracting other forms of wildlife. Frogs, birds, insects and animals are all attracted to ponds, so if you're a nature lover you'll definitely enjoy the benefits of having a pond in your garden.
Designing Your Perfect Pond
Before you start thinking about how you will make your pond look beautiful, you will need to take some basic requirements into consideration:
- How much space you have in your garden
- The size and depth of your proposed pond
- How much light your garden gets
The best kind of pond is one which fits naturally into the existing layout of your garden (unless, of course, you are planning a complete remodel). It shouldn't dominate your garden, nor should it be easily overlooked.
If you are planning on having fish in your pond, the deeper your pond is the better. Even goldfish like to have room to swim around, and if you're planning on having fish like Koi carp your pond should be at least a metre deep.
The look of your pond should also fit in with the overall design of your garden. If you have an Eastern theme going on, you may wish to consider creating a traditional Japanese water garden
. But if your garden is an homage to all things wild and wonderful, you may wish to make your pond more natural looking.
Maintaining Your Pond
In order to keep your pond looking beautiful, you will need to perform regular maintenance. This involves ensuring that you have installed pond filters
, and that these filters are checked and cleaned out on a regular basis. And, as well as filters, it's advisable that you also install a pump and a UV.
If you have fish, it's also advisable that you regularly check the pH levels of your pond. This will make sure that your fish don't become sick due to toxins in the water. Pond plants can help to keep your pond clean by acting as natural filters, and they will also give your pond a nice look.