A Guide to Water Features for Your Garden

One of the newest trends in gardening is water gardening. An aquatic element, such as a pond or waterfall, can transform your garden and become an astounding point of attraction. Also, the use of lighting, plants and fish is becoming increasingly popular and will enhance the overall look of your garden. There are several options available. However, make sure you choose the right spot for your water garden, as it cannot be relocated once it has been established.

Here’s a quick and easy guide to help you in your water gardening endeavors.

Plan Ahead

The best way to start is by having a precise plan. Things like location of your water feature and equipment you need should be determined when planning your water garden.

Budget

Determine the amount of money you are ready to spend on this project. Building a water garden is a major investment that adds great value to your home. Proper planning prevents mistakes and cost overruns.

Size of the Feature

There is no limit to the size of your water garden. Choose the correct dimensions that will suit your landscape. However, if your garden is large you have more opportunities to innovate.

Where Should It Be Located?

After you have selected the water feature you are interested in, you must decide the perfect location for it. It is preferable to choose a place that gets plenty of sunlight and where it can be easily observed from your home.

Plant & Fish Selection

Fish alone are a beautiful attraction. Choosing the right plants further adds to the beauty and will keep the water free from debris. You can add goldfish and also mosquito fish to the water. When it comes to plants, there are many options you can choose from. You can get plants that will submerge in water or the ones that will float. Getting plants for your garden will not only increase the attractiveness of your garden but will provide oxygen and keep your water garden healthy.

Streams & Fountains

Fountains can be kept freestanding in a selected area in your garden or can be constructed within your water feature. Fountains supply oxygen to your plants and fish, they also act as a sound barrier, enabling you to enjoy and relax the feel of nature. Streams are usually used as a connection, usually between a waterfall and a pond. It will require a pump to move the water back to the waterfall and things like erosion and the development of silt should be considered before thinking of a stream.

Lighting

Incorporating lighting will greatly enhance the way your water garden looks at night and complements the features and focal points beautifully.

Algae & Perennial Management

After the completion of your water garden, perennial management and algae management should be taken care of throughout the year. Algae formation is a huge problem, but can be avoided by controlling the amount of nutrients introduced in the water garden and by the reduction of feeding and fertilizing. Also, remember to replace the water after a period of time.

Water gardening does not take more time than normal gardening, but there is no denying that it can make your garden look much beautiful than it is now.

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