There is something very magical about owning a garden pond. As you
sit outdoors on your patio or deck at night, listening to the sound
of the crickets and the gurgling of your pond, you feel as though
you are camping somewhere deep in the country. During the day, the
sound of the fountain creates a calming atmosphere to help you forget
about all the worries of the day.
Garden ponds have become so popular that many
homes now enjoy the ambience. In fact, the very essence of water
as it trickles down over rocks is such a powerful median that homes
all across the world have indoor ponds. The great thing about a
water pond is that it can be as small or large as you like. If you
want something small and more intimate, a nice indoor pond would
be ideal. If you want something more elaborate, you could create
a Japanese garden pond with lily pads and Koi fish.
Often, people who create a pond are thrilled
to discover that the number of animals and birds increase, as they
come to drink from the water. You might even experience butterflies
and frogs, all making their way to the cool retreat. Therefore,
if you want your pond to attract wildlife, be sure you use only
special water treatments not to harm them.
Water ponds can be made by digging out earth
and pouring concrete to setting a prefabricated liner into the hole.
Most often, these ponds are about three to five feet in diameter
and with the addition of a fountain, statue, some plants, rocks,
and perhaps a light fixture, you have an amazing place to relax
If you live in an apartment or have a small
yard, you can create a wonderful pond by using an old half-whiskey
barrel, found at most hardware and home improvement stores. By lining
the bottom with a special black, plastic liner, you can add a pump,
a water fountain, a few fish and plants, and have a beautiful pond.
Just be sure if creating a barrel pond on your apartment balcony
that you find out first the weight restrictions.
When creating a pond in your backyard, be sure
the drainage holes (if you choose to have one) always flow away
from the house. The best option is to use a pump that re-circulates
the water, especially if you plan to have fish in the pond. You
should also use a filter to keep the water clean and make sure the
pump and any lighting is submersible. By using these few things,
the maintenance of the pond will decrease and the amount of time
available to enjoy it will increase.
Making ponds is not a difficult task and the
results are truly amazing. You will find that you spend more time
outdoors away from the television just to watch the fish and listen
to the sound of the water.