- What are your time requirements? If you don’t have a lot of time and don’t want any fish, then you may choose a “pond-less” waterfall or bubbling feature.
- Do you have time to maintenance your water feature on a regular basis? Fish Ponds require more maintenance, time and effort. Achieving a balanced ecosystem takes time and some patience. Ponds evolve by cycling from day to day and season to season. You can also hire a professional for consultations, maintenance and cleaning when you need some extra help www.thepondpad.com
- What is your budget? Figure out how much can you afford to spend on your feature for materials and installation. Pond-less and bubbling features typically cost less in materials and less time to install than a fish pond that has additional filtration and more materials.
- Will you be installing this, or will you hire a contractor? If you choose to install your own water feature know your limitations. Bubbling features, smaller ponds and pond-less waterfalls can make great weekend projects. For larger, more challenging features you may choose to hire a professional. When shopping for pond installers, I suggest you get multiple bids from different contractors for comparison. Ask for pictures of their past work and client references www.alpinegrows.com
- What attracts you most- the water movement, sound, having fish and plants? If you primarily like water movement and sound, than choose a pond-less waterfall or bubbling feature. Fish need addition filtration and deeper water- goldfish can survive in smaller ponds with a depth of at least 1′ or deeper; koi do best in larger ponds that are least 3′ deep. Aquatic plants are versatile & can be incorporated into any size or type of water feature.
2. Choosing the Site for your Feature.
- Choose an area where it can be seen as a focal point and appreciated regularly. Entry ways are great for bubbling features; backyards for ponds near a deck or patio.
- Full sun (8 hours or more) breeds more algae. Partial sun (up to 6-7 hours) area is usually best.
- Surrounding Landscape, Picking and choosing your battles. Keeping your feature clean of debris not only looks better, it cuts down on the waste that produces excess algae. Trees & shrubs drop leaves, needles, fruits and seeds at various times of the year, so keep in mind what plants are planted around your feature. Evergreen trees/shrubs shed all year, either with needle drop, cones and branches. Deciduous trees shed usually once a year in the fall. Choose plants that are the least “messy”.
- Make sure you have an electrical outlet nearby.
- Stay away from low areas that may be wet at anytime of the year. If water collects under your feature, it can “bubble up” your liner causing problems.
3. Design your Pond
- Size matters. Design to scale with the rest of your landscape.
- Maintenance made Easy. Think about how you will drain, clean and maintain your feature and incorporate that into your design.
- Plumbing should be complete, yet not overcomplicated. Pumps can be installed with valves for adjustment and unions for disconnection.
- Do research and get help when needed. Buying on the internet may be a little cheaper and convenient. Buying from your local pond supplier may be your best solution as they know what’s best for your area, are accountable for their information and accessible for your needs.
If you need help designing a water feature, please email me at email@example.com and if you are in the neighborhood stop by The Pond Pad inside Alpine Nursery located at 17518 79th Ave E, Puyallup, WA 98375
and visit http://www.alpinegrows.com/ for additional blogs on water gardening, construction and fish.