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7 Tips For A Successful Water Garden

water gardenA water garden is a fantastic way to add both beauty and tranquility to your life. When planning for the addition of a water garden to your garden, there are several things that are important to keep in mind. It doesn’t matter how large the garden is, whether it is a 1500 gallon pool or a barrel sitting on your decking, here are seven tips to make the most of your water garden adventure.

1. Location. When choosing a site for your project, make sure that your garden hose and a grounded electrical supply are nearby. The need for an easily accessible water source will make filling and maintaining much easier.

You’ll need electricity to run the pump, filtration system and other electrical accessories like lighting that you may decide to add. Seek the advice of a licensed electrician to make sure your electric supply is sufficient and safe.

While not related to water or electricity, you’ll also want to avoid placing the garden under existing trees will create a challenge when digging out the space for the pool. Not only is it hard work without the proper equipment, you could also seriously damage the tree.

2. Size. The size of your pond is important for determining the site and how many pond plants and even fish the space can accommodate. It is also important to ensure that the pump and filtration system are big enough to efficiently maintain the pond.

3. Add fish and plants. When deciding what to add, remember less is more. You’ll likely see a host of plants that you can’t live without, just as with land gardening. A rule of thumb is to make sure than plant life covers less than half of the pond’s surface. The optimal number of fish will vary depending upon the size and variety of fish you want to include. Work with an aquatic life expert to determine what is appropriate for your space.

4. Insects and algae. You actually need these two in your pond because they work together to keep the water environment ecologically balanced and clean.

5. Water level. It’s important to keep the water level at a steady level, which means that during particularly hot dry weather, you’ll need to add water regularly. If you have fish in the pond and you use treated city water supply, you’ll want to be sure you keep the water balanced using chemicals you can purchase at a nursery or pet store. Before you add fish, have the water tested for elements like chlorine. A nursery or fish seller with experience in water gardening can help you make sure the water is chemically balanced to ensure the health of your fish.

6. Nature’s debris. If your water pond is in the path of falling leaves or seeds, place a net over the top during the heaviest drop periods (early summer for seeds and late fall for leaves). The net will be a huge help in keeping your pond free of this debris which is not only messy but can also clog your filtration system.

7. Patience. While water gardening is especially low maintenance, it does take some time for the garden to become established. Sit back and watch it come to life. Enjoy the different seasons and keep track of what you see. Then you’ll know exactly what you want to add, or remove, the next year.